Conker DLC Canceled as Project Spark Goes Completely Free (Not Free-to-Play)

Microsoft fully opening up its game-creation game.

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Project Spark, Microsoft's Xbox One and PC game that lets you create your own games, is dumping its free-to-play model in favor of going completely free. As a result, future Conker content has been canceled.

Microsoft made the announcement this afternoon, revealing that the transition will happen when the game's next update hits on October 5. Every piece of content in the game will be available to all users, including 200 new props (such as a swamp environment and dragon) that are on the way. The update also doubles the terrain and prop limits, which Microsoft says will allow for worlds twice as large as what's currently possible.

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Due to this shift, Microsoft will no longer be focused on releasing DLC. (Instead, it'll put the onus on players to create content; the company says there are 200,000 active players sharing 300-400 levels per day). Specifically, that means Conker's Big Reunion content--some of which has already been released--has been canceled.

If you bought the Project Spark retail disc and activated it after July 28, 2015, or have unused tokens in your account, you'll be able to receive Microsoft Store credit equal to how much you spent. If you qualify, you can expect to get the credit 30-60 days after October 5.

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conker was the main reason i play the game,

what now the future of conker on xbox one?

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Too little too late, people moved on. Locking everything behind paywalls just killed the game. There is almost no variety unless you pay. I won't even bother checking it out again, even after it is fully free

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Pretty sad when you have to specify between free and free-to-play.

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Played it once then forgot about it. I'll try later.

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It's pretty cool they're giving back cash to the people who bought it/dlc for it. Props for that. May actually give it a go now considering it's actually free. Although my damn XB1 is nearing full capacity. Gonna need an external soon. I only have 6 retail games and a few download only titles >_<.

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@dementedlullaby: I got a 4TB, 7200RPM, USB 3 WD My Book at Best Buy for $140 shortly after the console launched. Ya gotta think big picture with these consoles. It's go big, or go home.

I even upgraded my PS4 HDD shortly after I got it. But the external is definitely the way to go. I wish Sony made it so external drives could be used for game installs.

Microsoft gives you the option to make the external drive the main drive for the system and I just keep system related stuff on the internal. It's basically empty. And it'll shut down the external drive when you shut the console off, just in case it doesn't have an on/off button.

I would definitely go with the 4TB WD My Book if you can. It's cheap as far as that size goes, it's 7200RPM, and it's reliable.

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This game intrigued me, though I never got to play it 'cause of the free-to-play model I love to hate. With this being completely free, I guess, now is the time to dump some hours into it. Whatever in the day are left after MGS V TPP. :(

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Good move.... might get back into this now that I don't have to pay for content.

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I love the fact that not only was the announcement a dick tease but they didn't even follow through with it.

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@axl159: especially bad as the content was probably already done.

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Phenominal deal for anyone new to the game, I feel sorry for those who've pumped cash into it thus far though.

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Most off putting thing about Project Spark to me was that many items were locked behind a pay-wall of sorts... Everything being accessible makes the game that bit more inviting

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Without Conquer nobody would care about this obscure free project of theirs whatever it is. At least he is saying goodbye with dignity. Win 8.1 only?, haven't you something worst to offer for?

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@hitechgraphs: Game did quite well BEFORE there was any Conker (notice the CORRECT spelling), and the better content made does not feature him.

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@hitechgraphs: Lots of people care about it without the conker content. it's a good game.

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@7tizz: Don't forget PC players :P

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microsoft tends to give up on a lot of things.

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@grimcrotch: Good, we can look forward to them giving up on console gaming one day.

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@R4gn4r0k:

Even if I was the biggest fan boy out there, I would never want MS to leave the console business as it would result in Sony essentially monopolizing the market. That's not good for anyone.

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@A8ADD0N: Good point

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sucks that the rest of the conker content ain't going to be released now.

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@7tizz: It's still a good note. Disappointing but informative, and here comes the sighs.

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Wasn't project spark already free-to-play? I know its nice that they are making everything free now, but people be acting like you had to pay for the base game, which you didn't, or at least on pc you didn't need to buy project spark.

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@Aaronspark777: Free with premium content.

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Disney Infinity is actually pretty impressive when it comes to level/world creation. You can do some fun AI/trigger design. I never had the chance to be a jedi fighting 30+ opponents on screen at once (not even battlefront allowed this), but here it's a blast.

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LMAO Conker was THE appeal in half the comments I ever read about Spark

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@X-RS: What's that Spark ,again? lol.

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Forgot all about this game. Didn't even know it was out.

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@mjc0961: A game maker. That's it. Except, the people that play your game also have to have Project Spark. It makes things simple, but it makes complex things even more complex. So many if/then statements to do very simplistic things.
Very overkill. Had the chance to be great, but just couldn't do some of the simple things right.

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@STrugglingFool: I forgot about Conker; who was he again?

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@cboye18: one of the best characters Rare ever created.

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I wanted to try this a long time ago but its an XBONE and Windows 8.1 exclusive. Restricting it to 8.1 was and still is pretty stupid since it cuts off so many people from contributing. Oh well, until they put Rare Replay on PC, I wont believe MS really gives a sh*t about PC gamers any ways

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@turtlesintime: Adding support would've cost money, the game was free, yet you whine? STFU.

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@vegasape: The reason Project Spark -- when it first came out -- wasn't released on Windows 7 (the DOMINATE Windows OS) has little to nothing to do with cost and everything to do with cross play with XBONE and their long term plans for Windows.

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@vegasape: Was free? Is dead already?,Thanks heavens.

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@hitechgraphs: No it's not dead at all. Maybe you missed the part about hundreds of levels being uploaded per day.

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This is either a sign that Conker might have a full-fledged game down the road by Rare or Project Spark isn't doing so well when it comes to numbers.

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@Master_Turismo: we might get a conker game, but it won't be by Rare. Rare is dead, has been for years, and the thing shambling around now calling itself Rare is just an empty shell being puppeteered by MS.

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@Master_Turismo: I vote 2nd.Did I win?

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@Master_Turismo: They just gave you the fking numbers. You don't like to listen or read?

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@vegasape: Really now? So, how many copies did they sell? Since it was microtransaction-based, what was the net monthly revenue from those? Oh wait, we just got a daily user value for an F2P title, which is completely meaningless. I guess you can't tell what qualifies as a significant economic figure, or you can't read.

:/