Project Spark does not require Xbox Live Gold

Microsoft confirms Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows 8 game will be free on all platforms.

Microsoft's game-building tool Project Spark will not require an Xbox Live Gold subscription, the company confirmed in the Xbox One Reddit forum this week (via Polygon).

"You do not need an Xbox Live Gold account to play Project Spark," community manager Mike Lescault said. "You will not need a Gold subscription to play Project Spark for free on any platform."

Project Spark was announced for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows 8 during Microsoft's Electronic Entertainment Expo briefing in June. A beta for the game will begin on PC this month and on Xbox One in January 2014.

At Gamescom 2013 in Cologne, Germany this summer, Microsoft announced new voice and motion capture features for Project Spark.

Creators can record their face and apply it to an in-game character, as well as perform a full-body motion attack or gesture and have it replicated in the game. Users can also record audio--including their own voices--and then modulate it in a "variety of ways."

For more on Project Spark, check out GameSpot's preview.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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ravientia
ravientia

I'll definitely give it a shot when it comes out. Prepare for some creepy-horror indies.

Jp de Villiers
Jp de Villiers

ahh, ok that makes sense. So project Spark i take is a f2p

MonocleOwl
MonocleOwl

What do you mean Windows 8? Am I the only one still rockin' the good old 7? Here's to hoping this doesn't become a trend, don't really wanna upgrade so i can act surprised when my old games wont work...

steelmouth
steelmouth

not my type of game but good news I guess

Kelwin Lieng
Kelwin Lieng

Now there's a good reason for 4 Xbox One.

robertcain
robertcain

Completely free? As in completely free from all types of payments apart from a spot DLC every few months? It's a welcome change for Microsoft. The only question is can it stand toe to toe with Little Big Planet and all the game editing tools on PC?

Riley Cuda
Riley Cuda

Well, I mean, the multi-player, having other people play on your maps and vice versa, is a pretty important part of the game. I'm not sure what you're talking about since Live Gold pays for multi-player.

Colin Frazier
Colin Frazier

I never thought it would. Was this actually a debate? Microsoft is trying to pretend like this is news.

Frederick Quatman
Frederick Quatman

They aren't going to incorporate a fee after not having one to start, this isn't Sony here.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

you see its great that MS has finally given something for free thats not behind a paywall but the fact you can use a 360 kinda makes this unimportant in terms of xbone importance, ill admit its one of the more interesting things but the fact of the matter is it don't really improve MS's standing in there much needed paywalls for anything. 

George Jones
George Jones

^ totally great defense by the economist. Spew insults to prove your point.

Graham Johnson
Graham Johnson

yea will see?good to see something on the xbox isnt behind pay wall

Noonewarrior
Noonewarrior

lol the release date above says December 31 2097, if that was true then damn we got a long wait

Welbeloved Akulas
Welbeloved Akulas

Nothing does! You can play in your dark box all along if you want grundle! LoL

Brunno Gaspari
Brunno Gaspari

that wouldn't even make sense y'know, if it was needed

Hurvl
Hurvl

Yay, it's coming to PC! We already have lots of games that are moddable, but this sounds like the next step to customize a game. It would be fun if Projekt Spark itself was moddable. Modception, lol.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

Onlya few things I need to know regarding this game, that will affect my decision to play it.

- Does it require Kinect / webcam to function on the PC?
- Can you use a mouse?
- Just exactly how "free" is this game? I'm worried important features will be locked and require purchasing.

Solace427
Solace427

Sweet! Now how about the beta?! I signed up for it and I hope I get in!

Harbinger_CR
Harbinger_CR

Microsoft ain't making it easy to switch to a PS4, although I can still play on my 360 :D

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

Finally gonna make my own oldschool 2d shoot em up :)
I hope the music editor is good coz i suck at making my own tunes lol


lavadobrazil
lavadobrazil

Man!This game sounds fantastic ,I hope we don't get disappointed .

arqe
arqe

This is the best "NEWS" about so called "Next-Gen".

Got my Windows 8.1 now and waiting to create something !!!

Elforestier
Elforestier

First of all this is not a game, but a game creator.

Second, this looks fucking amazing, its free and there will be microtransactions.

Third, give it to me right now.

Fourth, go check sincityspartan's videos on youtube about this game (5 minutes recaps of hour long streams)

RicanV
RicanV moderator

Project Spark is F2P ?

telaros
telaros

@MonocleOwl They're still trying to make 8 sound appealing. I still rock 7 and don't plan on downgrading anytime soon.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@Kelwin Lieng I'd say this is just another reason for PS4+PC.

Saketume
Saketume

@robertcain 

Sounds good doesn't it.

The thought is of course that this is a game creation tool. From what I understand you can create pretty much any type of game within it. It's pretty amazing and also the reason it's free.

Instead of paying, users will give away all their rights to the games they create. MS can then cherry pick the good ones.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@George Jones its not an insult, its facts and the facts are there too many paywalls for people who may not be able to afford them. especially when you just spent 500 on a console and wouldn't be be able to do much of anything with that console if you don't have live. how can you not agree, i mean why would you agree if you pay for love film why should MS charge you to have access to use that? 

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@Harbinger_CR I was thinking the same thing! This was actually my "on the fence" game for the system.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@Harbinger_CR  

Or PC.

Wait, they said Windows 8, doesn't that include tablets and phones too? Providing you want to go with Microsoft in any of those areas. Although if you want to game on PC, you'll have to use Windows.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@Elforestier  

Like LBP and such titles, you don't need to create anything, you can simply just play the games other people have made. It is still a game first and foremost.

hystavito
hystavito

@neowarrior121 I really hate the paywall for non-MS services, it's really unfair and I don't see the justification.  Is MS funding the development of the apps?  Are they providing services for them?  Even if they were, there should still be an opt-out, because the Xbox One should just access the internet like any other device and use whatever internet services other companies provide without needing to pay MS.

It makes me think of like old AOL or something, where you don't have "real" internet access.  You're Xbox One (without Gold) is on the MS version of the internet which doesn't include access to certain services.

Elforestier
Elforestier

@Scorpion1813 @Elforestier If no one makes game, you can't play anything, so... there's no ''project spark'' game . In LBP, you still got the campaign, which is a game in which you can create things. Project Sparks is about creating things and playing stuff other made, but its not a game by itself.