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Sun Setting on Project Spark

There's a Sunset Announcement on the Project Spark forums announcing plans to shut down the experimental Windows and Xbox game on August 12th, and adding that it is already no longer available to new users. This drops the other shoe on the endeavor following the announcement last autumn that it was transitioning to a completely free game. The good news is that this will involve no layoffs, as the development team was already redistributed, but that also means there are no longer any resources in place for continued patches and support. Here's more:

Despite this news, we want to celebrate the accomplishments of our team and community of creators and players. Our team released 46 content packs, thousands of assets and 16 updates since launch (averaging more than one update every two months). We produced hundreds of livestreams and videos to educate and celebrate our community. In turn, our passionate fans have then gone above and beyond supporting “Project Spark” by uploading hundreds of thousands of creations and dreaming up millions of objects, behaviors, and experiences. Outside the game, they created fan sites, tutorials, forums, apps, and more! We thank everyone who has played or created anything within “Project Spark,” as it would have never existed without you.

As mentioned earlier, for players who purchased and redeemed the “Project Spark Starter Kit” sold in retail outlets will receive a credit to their Microsoft account. If you purchased and redeemed the code inside a retail copy of “Project Spark” after Oct. 5, 2015 and before today, you will receive a credit that can be used to purchase content in the Xbox or Windows store. Credits will be granted automatically to eligible customers. For more information, please visit http://xbox.com/spark.

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