After two years under a free-to-play model, Microsoft Studios and Team Dakota have elected to switch their model for Project Spark to a completely open creation system. Project Spark has been a bastion of creativity on the Xbox One and Windows 8.1 (and up) but was stymied by paywalls that restricted the full use of much of the content that the game offered.
In the next update those paywalls will be gone and a greater variety of content will likely stream through, but it looks like the elimination of those paywalls will halt production of content from Team Dakota. Conker’s Big Reunion’s episodic style content releases will be ended. The dev team is hoping fans will step up and complete the story without their help.
“Microsoft will pivot from producing DLC and active feature development to encouraging more user generated content and opening the Project Spark experience.” – Project Spark official
While the big news of the update is the free content coming to players, there are also new assets included as well with 46 packs totaling 2000+ individual assets.
Project Spark is an open-world sandbox game with a heavy focus on user creation and content sharing. Games can vary from something extremely simple like tic-tac-toe to something incredibly complex like full-featured first-person shooters, RPGs, and other games.
The update will be rolling out October 5 to current owners.
After a long-standing beta iteration of the game available for Xbox and PC gamers, Project Spark is now available in its entirety for no charge.
Project Spark brought the creative side of gamers to life as it allows for the average player to develop their own games, animations and A.I. And even for those who don’t want to delve into the game-making itself, it still allows gamers to play any world that anyone makes while allowing a voting system to encourage and expand the popularity of the custom worlds.
Though creating games is still, in a way, a game in itself. As you create you unlock themes, sounds, and other objects and additions that help the game grow as you play. Along with a mass variety of games to choose from, Project Spark is well worth the price of free.
Though the game is heavily filled with available micro-transactions, it is certainly enjoyable without purchasing a single item given players are still able to play an user created world.
The developers look to continue to add on to the extensive selection of options in the future, and for those interested in getting a boost of content right away, a Project Spark Starter pack is available now for $40.
For the base game, search for Project Spark on the Xbox Games Store, or check it out online here.
Project Spark has been limited to a free beta since late 2013, but the Microsoft exclusive has been finally confirmed for an October 7th release. The game will be $39.99 and available digitallyon launch day.
The creative game offers players the ability to create, design, and “program” their own world with their own animations, sounds, and effects as well as play one of the many worlds other players have made. The game has had over 1,000,000 unique creations from players ranging from small unique 2D puzzle games, to full fledged 3D adventure games.
Those who elect to pick up the free beta will have free reign to choose how they approach the game — whether it be as a creator, or a player. The full game promises to expand on the game even more, by adding more objects, textures, and the ability to create multiplayer games.