The lights are on
The ambitious Project Spark caught our attention at E3, and we've been since wondering how Microsoft would balance the free-to-play approach with Xbox Live Gold. New information indicates that Microsoft will be putting the ambitious title in front of the paywall.
According to community manager Mike Lescault in a post on Reddit, players will not need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to partake in Project Spark. The title will allow users to build gameplay experiences with the included tools.
Project Spark will be free, but purchases will unlock new building elements, environments, and characters. The Project Spark beta will begin on PC as soon as this month, with an Xbox One beta beginning at the start of 2014.
[Source: Reddit via Joystiq]
Our TakeIt's surprising that Microsoft is putting Project Spark in front of the Xbox Live paywall. It's a smart move, and I hope it's a hint that the company is considering a shift in policy related to free-to-play games like World of Tanks. Matching Sony's approach in this regard would go a long way for console sales, even if it might have minor, negative financial impact with regard to Xbox Live subscriptions.
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I am interested in hearing/seeing more about this.
This game looks interesting, and it's good you don't need to pay Microsoft to play it.
That is a smart move by Microsoft. I actually am interested in this game, but am wondering how much you can actually do without spending money on new elements/environments.
Still waiting on the beta....
Wish there were more details about the toolset, I'd be able to start planning out the spiritual successor to Secret of Mana that I'd be interested in making.
Hopefully the transactions are only in regards to asset bundles (eg. Sci Fi, Fantasy, Cyberpunk, etc assets), it would be kind of a bummer if they locked some nifty tools behind that pay wall.
Not a problem since I do not even know what this title is?
Cue no XBOX haters being adults and admitting what good news this is.
awesome, now everyone with an xbox will have an attempt to play this game, this is one of my anticipated titles for next year, and glad people that don't pay for live will get this chance to play it too.