Microsoft’s game-making software Project Spark has been given a swift and painless chop of the axe on both the PC and Xbox One. As of this past weekend, it is no longer available for download through either platform, and those who already have it downloaded can enjoy online support until Aug. 12, 2016.
At that time, the game can only be played in offline mode and popular fan-made content will forever be unavailable. Community Manager Thomas Gratz suggests players download everything they can before that time.
This was an extremely difficult decision for our team that we do not take lightly. When Project Sparktransitioned 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.
Those who bought the physical Starter Kit will be getting store credit as a reimbursement in the near future. As for the rest of the gaming crowd, it’s just another example of a gaming future where titles can be wiped off the face of the Earth when they’ve outlived their purpose and popularity.
Gaming as a service, indeed.