Microsoft Shuts Down Project Spark

Microsoft and Team Dakota have ceased support for Project Spark.

In a post on the game’s official site, community manager Thomas Gratz announced that Microsoft’s creation-centric platform is no longer available for download via the Xbox Marketplace or Windows Store. Online services will no longer be available for existing users after August 12, at which point players won’t be able to upload or download any user-created content.

“This was an extremely difficult decision for our team that we do not take lightly,” Gratz said. “When Project Spark transitioned away from active development last fall, many of our team members moved to other projects within Microsoft Studios.”

Despite there being no layoffs, it was “no longer feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping Project Spark up and running with meaningful updates and bug fixes.” As such, support for the game has come to an end.

Those who purchased a retail copy of the game and redeemed the code before today and after October 5, 2015 —when the game transitioned to a free and open platform— will have a credit automatically added to their account.