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Project Spark, Microsoft’s Game Creation Tool, Will Be Released For Free

At the San Diego Comic-Con today, David Sapienza, producer on Project Spark, shared with Siliconera that the game creation suite will actually be released for free download when it’s ready. The free pack will have hundreds of parts and enemies, worlds, and the terrain builder included. (Project Spark, Xbox One)

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Dobgamers  +   932d ago
Well that is something awesome!
Septic  +   932d ago
Wow this is big news!

Now imagine how much content the community will create and the fact that you can share and download the content for free is incredible.
HammockGames  +   932d ago
Agreed, that's a real humdinger!

Did not see this one coming.
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georgeenoob  +   932d ago
Free AAA game from MS!
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Colzer01  +   932d ago
Create a game that you actually can play in it, sounds pretty cool
JokesOnYou  +   932d ago
Cool! To be honest I'm not big on these type of games but with it being free of course I'm going to check it out and see what amazing stuff folks can create, guess I'll give it a try myself.
ginsunuva  +   932d ago
Except the XB1's userbase will be under 1000 so it doesn't matter.

Now PC version on the other hand...
gaffyh  +   932d ago
Tbh, when they showed it at E3, and the fact that it is called PROJECT Spark, suggested to me that this was a half finished title, so glad to see MS has seen that and decided to offer it for free. I would never have bought it if/when I get an Xbone.
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malokevi  +   932d ago
wow, seriously big news.

Love hearing about free games. Me thinks MS is buying them for us... which is amazing!!
BattleTorn  +   931d ago

dude, the pre-orders are sold out..

(oh, ya.. there must've only been 999 pre-orders, across all retailers /s)
fermcr  +   932d ago
Yep, awesome news. Free game from Microsoft. We don't see this everyday.

As for Project Spark, it really looks impressive.
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Gildarts  +   932d ago
we got assassins creed yesterday...
JohnJ  +   931d ago
GO Microsoft! Great move, excited to see what everyone can make :)

This will surely be a good thing for bringing the Xbox one community together

I wouldn't have bought it, but now everyone is involved - BOOM I'm there!
3-4-5  +   932d ago
Was one of the games that most interested me but this is huge for XB1.

Not enough to make me want a XB1, but it's a step in the right direction.

I wonder if this was always going to be free and if there will be paid DLC or user generated content to DL.
redcar121  +   932d ago
buy a ps4 then
Rowdius_Maximus  +   932d ago
Get Project Spark for the PC then
Sayai jin  +   932d ago
Wow! I like to see devs like this
Ausbo  +   932d ago
this is great news. I wonder what we will have to pay for. This is great for opening the game up to many more people. There should be lots of user created content for us to enjoy.
Flipgeneral  +   932d ago
Truly free? Or a new micro-transaction model?

I hope the dlc isn't too overbearing, that would be a shame
MonChiChi  +   931d ago
It's micro with a free pack to start you out.
HardcoreGamer  +   932d ago
MonChiChi  +   931d ago
Assume one of those they need to fix is your caps lock.
minimur12  +   931d ago
I remember hearing this back at E3 (it was at an IGN live stream, so many people may not know) but I was quite surprised at this, I'm surprised that they didn't say it at MS conference

'oh yeah, one last thing... Project Spark is FREE'
Neoninja  +   932d ago
Well that is freaking cool! I'm interested to see the different worlds created using Project Spark. I know I'm gonna have a go at it.
FlyGuyHung  +   932d ago
Same here. This is awesome news.... it was ONE of the things to SPARK my interests at the MS presser. ;)
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Neoninja  +   932d ago
lol I see what you did there.
HexxedAvenger  +   932d ago
Oh... This is great news! I was so looking forward to this!
AfterThought  +   932d ago
Nice. Project Spark on PC here I come.
No_Limit  +   932d ago
I was thinking of getting Project Spark on my Laptop PC but I don't want to upgrade and pay extra $$ for Windows 8; which is required OS on PC to play. Xbox One version will do since in addition of using smartglass, it also have the exclusive Kinect "voice creating" feature. Can't wait!
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JokesOnYou  +   932d ago
No_Limit, cool, I didn't know you that about the voice features. I think the best news here other than it being free is that you can also download and play games created by other users.
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No_Limit  +   932d ago
Another game that will feature similar building function and integration with Kinect and the online community is the lesser hyped Zoo Tycoon. I was worried about the direction of this game since I play most of my Tycoon games on a PC but after looking over this extensive developers' interview and the fact that it is going to be avaialble at the end of 2013 as well, made me more excited. Yes, I owned the original Zoo tycoon and play the living heck out of it. This is really exciting time if you are fans of strategic building simulation type of games. Here is the full scoop about Zoo Tycoon on Xbox One if anyone is interested.
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slivery  +   932d ago
Smart glass can be used on PC as well.

I won't write off voice creation until I see it used but voice commands have never been that great. The idea of yelling things out loud so Kinect can hear them just does not really appeal to me.

Like I said though I will wait and see to judge it more fairly but I can almost bet it won't work that great.

The reason I assume that is some of the most expensive and advanced cars have voice commands and even they can't manage to get it to work that great. I don't see how a $500 dollar console will. When a $100,000 dollar Mercedes, BMW or Lexus can't.

I would rather play it on PC also. I already have a Windows 8 PC, no sense in buying a Xbox One right now. This was the only game that interested me in their lineup anyway.

@Afterthought - Lol that is ridiculous all the disagrees people are giving you just because you want to play it on PC.. This place cracks me up. It isn't like you were bragging or something. What is the problem with people these days?
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TheKayle1  +   932d ago

the fact that u dont understand how it work dosnt mean it dont

bmw lexus or also rolls..dont have enough raw power on chips that r connected on a immense (cloud) database as siri or google now...(try voice command on google engine is pretty much perfect)

what u find in that car r loooooooooooooooooooow arm cores....that work on a database ..for this reason bmw did a deal with apple (or it was mercedes? i dont remember)..just to use siri.....anyway theres no reason to explain..just read more about it..u will undersatnd how it work

(ps also on vgleaks that the shape audio chip is powerfull enough that it cant be emulated on a 8 jaguar cores chip
minimur12  +   931d ago
when I started building my PC the power supply sparked a bit, now I call it project spark
AfterThought  +   932d ago

Wow! I have no idea. So much hate just because I want to play it on my PC? I really don't understand it. I didn't compare or mention specifications of my PC.

I simply would like to play this game on my PC because using a keyboard I think would be much more intuitive for creative purposes. For me I guess, I have always just been better with a keyboard and a mouse.

You can use Kinect and Smartglass with a PC too so calm down everyone. No need to get butt hurt by my comment. Good grief.
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no_more_heroes  +   932d ago
Apparently, because when people say that they usually mean it as a slight against xbox.
redcar121  +   932d ago
wow all those disagree cause u want it on pc people so sad on here
xReDeMpTiOnx  +   932d ago
That's some good news from out of the fire.

Will be cool to see what some people can do because we all know when players are given creative tools like that is often abused but then there are the creative geniuses.
TheRealHeisenberg  +   932d ago
Free from MS? Freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee?
minimur12  +   931d ago
imagine how much will be DLC though ;)
no_more_heroes  +   932d ago
Nice! I'll definitely play around with this!
True_Samurai  +   932d ago
FanboyCrusher  +   932d ago
Didn't see that coming. But hey, who's complaining? Good on you Microsoft, I like this new attitude of yours.
BattleTorn  +   931d ago
"But hey, who's complaining?"

I kinda wanted to link you to this post heh
Flyingdog670  +   932d ago
This is awesome! Didn't see this one coming.
Geezus  +   932d ago
this isnt exactly new news we've been known this for a while during E3 actually
everybody was just on the hate bandwagon and supressed the good things
Gildarts  +   932d ago
mt  +   932d ago
hahah it is weird to see the word "free" and "microsoft" I guess microsoft is on to compete with sony for good.
and as always free is always good for us consumers.
christocolus  +   932d ago
Niiiiiiiiiice. MS u lil rascal you. U know hw to make me smile...lmao.
MysticStrummer  +   932d ago
Very nice. Good news for MS fans.
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Dagobert  +   932d ago
So this is an advance version of Little Big Planet. You're not really making a game here, you're just using pre made objects and pre made scripts. It's like creating a custom use map setting game for Starcraft. Nothing new about this, it's already been done, I mean hell there's even RPG Maker. Now if you could import your own meshes with rigs, textures etc. and have control over shaders and at least some scripting language then this would be great.

So far this seems like a stupid attempt to make people think they can be indie game developers. Until people start asking on the forum why they can't sell the game or HEY HOW DO I IMPORT MY OWN CHARACTERS. This is stupid. Hell if you want something free and have way more control over what you make then go download the free Cryengine 3, UDK or Unity.
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Colzer01  +   932d ago
Yeah sure, good luck using those apps on your PS4 lol
Gildarts  +   932d ago
Not everyone knows how to code Carlton.
d_dogg2007  +   932d ago
Free?? You sure not behind Xbox Gold membership?? Microsoft don't give stuff for free! Oh and user created content?? Yeah been there done that in 2008 with LBP! Welcome to the club MS always coming from behind are we?
Dagobert  +   932d ago
Yeah lol, you probably have to have an Xbox Gold membership to download it. Or maybe if you want to share it with others you'll need Gold. It's stupid. I rather be paying for content and knowing there's no hidden fees tied to it or if they make it known to people that yes you do have to pay for this and that than get something free and then be disappointed that I need to pay a monthly fee to use it.
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Gildarts  +   932d ago
Renting games is not free a wise man once said.

its funny because you have to have PS+ for most of the "FREE" games. But when Microsoft does it, its a hidden fee. yet they are planning to give gold members ACTUAL free games. not renting like PS+.
We just got Assassins Creed 2 for free.
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StoutBEER  +   931d ago
Yea... you have to have Playstation Plus now to get free games AND play online. Your point= moot.
christocolus  +   932d ago
In the name of all that is good and pure, I beg you sony ass wipes let the xbox one fans have this positive xbox one article to themselves and be happy for wouldn't kill you guys to be happy too just this once. We know u guys have been having all things free and this aint new to you but its still good news to those who want to get the console and it seems to offend you guys so much..the bias is too much.this is nothing like lil big planet.its a unique game exclusiv to ms and the xbox with it......I dnt understand why people would vote to disagree with a comment as simple as “very nice Good job MS” or call this act from ms “an imitation” ...this war is getting really ridiculous and annoying . People need to grow up..... Damn
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d_dogg2007  +   932d ago
@christocolus 2006 bro! What can I say karma is a bitch. Remember all you xbots and media wouldn't get off of Sony's dick and see the true potential of the ps3?? Yeah! Difference is xbox is crap when it comes out and is crap when it goes out! Simple as that! It contributes nothing to the industry!
Septic  +   932d ago
So what d_dogg is saying is, because in 2006 people from the Xbox camp acted like morons, it justifies him and others on here acting like morons from 2008 and beyond.

Also, its painful to read his ill thought out, nonsensical and immature rambling so don't really waste your time on him and his ilk. I suspect that if you presented him a blank canvas in Project Spark, it would remain blank.
n4rc  +   932d ago
Holy crap.. Grow up dude.. Like, for real..

People acted like dicks to you because you had this elitist attitude that the ps3 was going to crush Xbox and blah blah blah..

Generally acting like you are now.. Better hope we don't get the same ammo as last gen.. Or its gonna be deja vu..

Frankly.. I hope ps4 does great.. I hold no Ill will towards the company or its real fans..

But the "fanboys" deserve all the sh!t they ever got in 06 and more

Colzer01  +   932d ago
LOL you don't whine when you must pay PS+ to get your DRIVECLUB.
Dagobert  +   932d ago
Ok. You know there's no hidden fee to it like HEY DRIVECLUB IS FREE! And in the tiny fine print it states you need to pay for some service.

@christocolus Instead of crying about how people hate a shit system where the company is trying to save face by offering gimmicks like this, how about you learn some grammar. tyIpion lik diss.... and addng . for n apparenT reason is StuPIOD.
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No_Limit  +   932d ago

"Welcome to the club MS always coming from behind are we?"

Let see.

LBP Kart = Wait, Mario Kart
PS All Star Melee = Wait, Smash Brothers?
Move lightbulb wand = Wiimote???
Trophies = Wait, Achievements?
Cross-game chat = Been on Xbox forever, it seems.
Pay to play online = A Xbox Live exclusive, oh wait!
PSN+ FREE Games(requires subscription fee) = NETFLIX FREE Movies(requires subscription fee)
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XBAWKZFAN4LIFE  +   932d ago
Netflix does not require PlayStation Plus subscription for the PS3 or PS4. Sony already mentioned that these free apps don't require subscription.
Mr-SellJack  +   932d ago
U just embarrassed urself lol
d_dogg2007  +   932d ago
Can't wait for the day that MS disappears from the game industry and takes all it's fans with piss poor taste in gaming with them! Been a cancer ever since the original xbox!! BTW Pay to play online? Think about that for a second.
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Docknoss  +   932d ago
You just slapped D dogg in the face
n4rc  +   932d ago
Nothing funnier then a fanboy getting a list of like 10 points.. But they only acknowledge the one they can somewhat argue and walk away thinking they won..

Common sight around here.. Keeps me amused Lol

But I'm sure someone will point out there is only 8 points and I embarrassed myself.. :)
Bluepowerzz  +   932d ago
stfu uninformed retard
GusBricker  +   932d ago
This has been known since E3. I believe it was said on Major Nelson's podcast.
HacSawJimThugin  +   932d ago
X1 4 life...5 this gen is gonna be so sick. Kudos to MS for this awesome game free or not.

Little Big Planet is dope by all means but project spark is next level in every way.
Dagobert  +   932d ago
Really? It has scripting support, and all the other tool a real game engine offers? Wow, wasn't aware of that. So pretty much I can create my own game, import characters I make in a 3D graphics software, have some scripting language support, shader support etc?

@biRdy Yeah pre made scripts like Star Craft's map creator. Not much freedom there, it's like Little Big Planet, there's only so much you can create.

Nice try Sherlock.

@Mainsqueeze I didn't say I could use those without a PS4 devkit (not counting UDK or Cryengine since you need the full source code version of it), I was giving an example of an actual game engine instead of a gimmick like Spark. Learn to read Sherlock #2.

Hater's gonna hate.
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biRdy  +   932d ago
If you knew anything about the game you would know that it in fact does have its own scripting language.
Mainsqueeze  +   932d ago
Bingo and good luck using 3D graphics sofware and the UDK or cryengine 3 on your ps4 or xbox 1. Your a troll dude gtfo.
NihonjinChick  +   932d ago
"Hater's gonna hate."

I think it's funny that you said that. You seem to be doing an awful lot of hating, yourself.
MELMAN26  +   932d ago
YOu are really upset about this news arent
whoyouwit04  +   932d ago
"Hater's gonna hate."

And a fool (Dagobert) will be a fool. Learn to be a gamer, and not a sheep.
Mkai28  +   932d ago
Throwing a big fuss over nothing again, you try too hard..
HacSawJimThugin  +   931d ago
Look at you...then look at us...All our exclusives sick as fuq!!!
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Der_Kommandant  +   932d ago
Microsoft and free are two words that you don't see in the same sentence very often.
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FrigidDARKNESS  +   932d ago
Very nice.
Mkai28  +   932d ago
Im just strolling down and seeing the positive comments and seeing people mashing the disagrees button..Funny how fanbums disagree with someone just saying, " great cant wait to play this" or " good news"

You nerds need to get out and get a friend, stop making love to a vain machine that doesn't know you exist..
christocolus  +   932d ago
I rest my case...I guess some people would rather wallow in their ignorance than learn..smh and again no one told me i was in an english class but then again im actually replying an arrogant sony fan..I almost forgot explaining facts and knowledge are wasted on gamers like your comments for your +ps articles and get the hell outa here
TheRealHeisenberg  +   932d ago
Could not agree more.
Fireseed  +   932d ago
Nice! But I better not get an influx of... "Making games isn't that hard!" >_>
XBAWKZFAN4LIFE  +   932d ago
Lol this is stupid. Might as well just use a real game creator and make money off of it or play LBP or something.
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TheRealHeisenberg  +   932d ago
Leave and go play LBP then.
NihonjinChick  +   932d ago
They already have a game creator out.

I don't think this was made to make people think they can become some type of game designer overnight. I think it was made for people to have some sort of creation tool that is simple and easy and let's people with little skills in programming express creativity
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ceedubya9  +   932d ago
How do you suggest using a real game creator and then also suggest little big planet in the same sentence as if that would be less stupid?
r21  +   932d ago
My god, this is pretty good news but why are there people dismissing this?
Hicken  +   932d ago
Because a lot of people just see it as Microsoft's (late) response to LBP.

And, honestly, while it IS taking that concept to another level, it's hard to argue that Project Spark ISN'T Microsoft's answer.
r21  +   932d ago
Well, at least its one of the great things they're doing for the Xbox One. Cant go wrong with free. Hopefully there isnt a cash grab catch to this game.
Mkai28  +   932d ago
I think it's a good way for people who knows nothing about coding: c+/c++ to actually be interested in not only playing them but developing games.. This is a "eating from the masters hand" thing . The tools are there, so the creation set up is there for you..

It's being dismissed because this is N4G, let this be for Sony: "Project Spark is a game where you create your own adventures, your own AI , co-op creation together, and much more. If you can think it, you can make it only on the PS4"

Applause and cheers from the crowd..
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r21  +   932d ago
Let creativity flow! Its good that more companies are opening up the UGC genre :)

Alas, I get that. Really wish the Sony fans would not downplay this. It really is a great move for gamers.
CaptainYesterday  +   932d ago
It does seem like it would be really fun to play around with :)
C-Thunder  +   932d ago
This is good. I wonder if there will be a campaign of any kind or if it'll just be the tools...
Sayai jin  +   932d ago
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