Project Spark Is Going Fully Free Starting Next Week

by Brian Shea on Sep 28, 2015 at 02:38 PM

Microsoft has announced that its game creation toolset, Project Spark, will move from its microtransaction model to a new free, open creation model starting on October 5. Because of this, new and existing users of the game will be able to access previously paid DLC.

In addition to the move to free, Skybox Labs and Team Dakota's Project Spark is receiving an update on that same day to add new features. The changes include big boosts in the maximum terrain and maximum prop limit, over 200 new assets, a push to 100 total upload slots for each creator, and the removal of the Project Spark Marketplace, as well as the Project Spark Tour and Treasure Trove. The team has also revamped the achievements to cater more towards players and creators, and has changed the UGC ranking system to be based on downloads and favorites instead of up-votes and down-votes.

With the transition to a fully free model, those who have already spent money on Project Spark will be entitled to Microsoft Store credit equal to how much money they spent. The credit will be applied to accounts 30 to 60 days following October 5. Project Spark originally released last year to mixed reviews. If you’d like to learn more about what we thought of the creation tools, you can check out Kyle Hilliard’s review here.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

Our Take
Project Spark hasn't been on a lot of people's radars for quite some time. With Super Mario Maker reigniting a lot of players' interest in level creation tool, this is probably a smart move for the experimental creation tools.