Yes, Project Spark fans, it has finally happened. Since E3 the wait has brought us through October and even November, but finally, we have our sweet satisfaction. Project Spark has gone into beta as of today, with activation keys being sent out today and in the coming days and weeks. Once the lucky chosen are brought into the test, they will be able to try out all the tools so many have seen on the demos and examples strewn across the internet.
For those unfamiliar, Project Spark is a Microsoft exclusive that boasts enormous creative aspects in every part of the game, essentially giving complete creative rights up to the individual user. The player can go into and change everything, create a game from scratch, and basically anything they set their mind to. The interface looks pretty simple from a glance at the demos, but it also seems to be able to be complex when developing something more than a generic world. An easy landscape can be made with one brush, but with a tweak, suddenly each individual tree, rock, and everything else can be changed. This gives perfectionists and detail oriented people reasons to stay up for countless hours creating the best game they can. and the best part, it’s not just for the creator.
After the game is made, the best part is that it can be shared with anyone else, who can play the created game, and change it for their own liking. Literally anything can happen (within the rules of the game), and this will make for some very interesting, detailed, and quite possibly bizarre games. This game will be great for gamers who have grand ideas of what a game should be like and don’t necessarily have the coding or modeling skills to have their dream become a reality. This is where the beauty of Project Spark lies, the ability for anyone to dive into their creative imagination and bring out something unique, or base their game off a favorite from a past or present generation.
Project Spark’s beta debuts on Windows 8.1, with an Xbox One beta slated for early 2014 (maybe January?), but anything created on 8.1 can be played by Xbox One users, another awesome addition. Here’s hoping you get your beta access and happy creating!
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