Microsoft’s Project Spark is now available to all. The free-to-play title, which lets players create their very own game, sheds its beta tag with a wealth of new content and a retail disc offering.
As outlined in a blog post on the matter, Project Spark enjoyed more than a million beta testers over the last six months. Collectively, those with early access logged more than four million in-game hours in which they created roughly 70,000 custom levels that are available for anyone to try from day one.
Prior coding knowledge isn’t a prerequisite with Project Spark. Instead, the game relies on easy-to-use on-screen tools to add things like monster, geography, game dynamics and logic to your game. During the beta, users created everything from first-person shooters and medieval quests to music videos, flying cows and even a 30-foot tall guy in his underwear dancing Gangnam Style in a village square.
If you’re the creative type but don’t know how to write code, Project Spark sounds like it might be a good fit.
As is typical with the free-to-play model, developers make their money via microtransactions and Project Spark is no different. Add-on content like sci-fi skins, adventure mode, champion features, creation enhancements and multiplayer mode can be unlocked by using in-game credits earned during play or alternately, they can be bought immediately by purchasing virtual tokens with real money.
The game is available now via the Xbox One and Windows 8.1 stores. Those looking to get a head-start might be interested in the retail starter pack which includes a copy of the game and $85 worth of downloadable content for $39.99