Microsoft is killing its Project Spark, a game that allowed users to create games, movies, and other experiences. The company introduced Spark back in 2014, and it’s finally sunsetting the project. According to Microsoft, it was an “extremely difficult” decision, stating:
Starting 5/13/16, “Project Spark” will no longer be available for download on the Xbox Marketplace or Windows Store. For existing users of “Project Spark,” online services will be unavailable after 8/12/16. Without services, players will no longer be able to download user-generated content or upload their own creations. If you want to access user-generated content offline, you will need to download this content prior to 8/12/16. Be sure to download your favorite community creations and your own uploads if they are not saved locally. We’re also aware that after transitioning “Project Spark” to be a free incubation engine last fall, that some players might still have purchased the game at retail, and have outlined steps about obtaining a credit for those players below.
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. 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.
Microsoft will be taking the Project Spark servers down on August 12 of this year. If you purchased the game between June 28, 2015, and October 5, 2015, you will receive a credit on your Microsoft Account. The credits will get sent automatically, but Microsoft states that the credit will appear in your Microsoft Account within the next 1-2 months.