Microsoft and Team Dakota have announced that Project Spark will officially exit beta and launch for the Xbox One and Windows 8 systems starting October 7th. What does this mean for everyone who has no idea what Project Spark is? Well, it gives you some time to learn a little bit about it before it officially launches… otherwise, you can just go back to salivating over Destiny and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
The news comes courtesy of Major Nelson’s Blog, where the ‘Flip Switcher’ tweeted out the response. Jeff Rubenstein wrote out the blog entry, stating…
“At that time, we’ll also be making an Xbox One disc edition of Project Spark available at retail for $39.99 USD. The “Project Spark Starter Pack” is loaded with great content, including starter packs filled with sounds, effects, animations, and props, plus advanced creator features, offline content, and experience boosts which allow players to unlock new content that much faster.”
For those of you who have no idea what Project Spark is about, it’s basically like an advanced, 3D version of Klick ‘n Play, or an easier-to-use version of 3D Game Maker Studio.
If those previous two descriptions didn’t properly explain the what Project Spark is about, the best way to explain it is as a game creation studio that can also work as a hub to play custom made games. The early inchoate iterations of Spark enabled users to utilize various tools to create a wide variety of games, from platformers and racing titles, to games like Dragon Ball Z or Super Mario. Check it out in the video below, courtesy of YouTube user TB InuYasha X.
Project Spark is also one of the rare games on the Xbox One that fully utilizes Kinect in some pretty cool ways, such as being able to record movements for a sort of light mo-cap session. You can use recorded animations to flesh out a game or project, which becomes especially useful for fighting titles or adventure games with custom animations.
Even with all the flak that the Xbox One gets for not being a proper game system (and rightfully so) Project Spark is one of the rare software titles for Microsoft’s system that actually shows some measure promise for the future of the Xbox One.
I’ve been impressed with Project Spark so far, and when it launches on October 7th it will arrive on store shelves as a full starter pack. Additionally, gamers can still download the title digitally from the Xbox or Windows store.
You can still take part in the beta right now if you want to get in some time with the app before it officially launches. From the last time I used it, there were no fully-functional, release-quality titles for Spark, but maybe they’ve added a few more noteworthy additions since then. You can learn more by paying a visit to the official Xbox storefront.