Like Mondays aren’t bad news enough already, Microsoft has announced it’s cancelled development on user-generated content creation sandbox Project Spark, and shutting down its online services in August.
“This was an extremely difficult decision for our team that we do not take lightly. When Project Spark transitioned away from active development last fall, many of our team members moved to other projects within Microsoft Studios,” explained community manager Thomas Gratz. “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.”
Those people who bought retail copies of the Project Spark Starter Kit after 5 October 2015 and before the announcement over the weekend should receive Microsoft Store credit on their accounts.
Project Spark was first announced at Microsoft’s E3 2013 presser, and marketed as a sort of LittleBigPlanet or even Mario Maker for Xbox One and Windows PCs. Since its 2014 beta launch, developer Team Dakota has released almost 50 content packs, including Conker’s Big Reunion, an episodic campaign add-on featuring Rare’s cult-classic alcoholic squirrel.
But I guess you could say it…
Lost its spark.
I’m here all week.