Project Spark-Team Dakota’s wonderful free-to-play “creation video game” has been cancelled, Microsoft announced today.
As of today, Project Spark, developed by both Team Dakota and Skybox Labs and published by Microsoft Studios will no longer be available for download on either Xbox or Microsoft Windows PC while online services for Project Spark will be discontinued from August 12.
Microsoft also revealed that any player who purchased Project Spark after October 5 and before today would be refunded, with credits automatically being added to the accounts of those eligible.
“This was an extremely difficult decision for our team that we do not take lightly”, Thomas Gratz, community manager at Team Dakota said “When Project Spark” transitioned away from active development last fall, many of our team members moved to other projects within Microsoft Studios.” Gratz would go on to confirm that no members of staff would be out of work following the decision, “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.”
He would finish by congratulating all team members and thanking the Project Spark community, “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). 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, behaviours, 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.”
The announcement of Project Spark’s cancellation follows Microsoft’s decision early this year to cancel Fable Legends and close down Lionhead Studios.