Microsoft’s Xbox creation tool, Project Spark, has now been discontinued and can no longer be downloaded, the company announced yesterday evening.
Hoping that the late Friday announcement would cause some to drift over the announcement, the closure hasn’t gone unnoticed. In a blog post, Microsoft announced that Project Spark for both Xbox One and Windows PC will be coming to an end and can no longer be downloaded.
Online services for the game, including the ability to download and upload user-generated levels and content, will be unavailable after August 12, so Microsoft encourages that players download all of the content they want to keep before things come to an end.
“This was an extremely difficult decision for our team that we do not take lightly,” Team Dakota community manager Thomas Gratz said in a statement. “When Project Spark transitioned away from active development last fall, many of our team members moved to other projects within Microsoft Studios. While this means there have been no layoffs at Microsoft, it also means it’s simply no longer feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping Project Spark up and running with meaningful updates and bug fixes, so we have come to this hard decision.”
For those who put money into the game, Microsoft has said that it’ll offer credit to those who purchased a retail copy of the game, which can be used in the Xbox or Windows Store.
Project Spark was first announced in 2013 for Xbox One and Windows 8, it was a way for game developers to create whatever they wanted using a set of easy to use tools, and then share those games with the community. Microsoft even used the tool themselves to bring back an iconic Rare mascot, Conker, in an episodic adventure.