Project Spark does not require Xbox Live Gold

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

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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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<< LINK REMOVED >> I upgraded to Windows 7 and never looked forward.

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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> They're still trying to make 8 sound appealing. I still rock 7 and don't plan on downgrading anytime soon.

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@Kelwin Lieng so true!!!

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not my type of game but good news I guess

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

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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?

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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.

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Cool now this is interesting.

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@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?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I was thinking the same thing! This was actually my "on the fence" game for the system.

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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.

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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


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

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

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

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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)

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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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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Project Spark is F2P ?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yes, the game will be supported only on DLC.

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poor indiestation

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Shiny rings r shiny.

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So this is going to be ANOTHER micro-transactions game . Yeah that's what we want. /sarc.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It's a game creator. Not an actual game

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LBP is still a game, despite being able to create levels, or even all new games.

Project Spark is similar in that you can just play other peoples creations if you want, without ever touching the creation tools.

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I admire the hook M$ but even as a Xbox owner and Gold member I'm quite sure this will require gold for many features. God I wish companies would just stop this "free" stuff its just pisses me off as a gamer/consumer.

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ps3 had far better exclusives then the 360 and I have always preferred play station over Xbox and I doubt ill ever buy an Xbox one I am buying a ps4 I reckon its a better console and I believe it will have better exclusives then Xbox one tho some good ones have already been announced such as kill zone infamous and the order 1886 and so on but even ill admit this game looks awesome and I would probably buy it if it came out on the ps4

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It's available on PC.

And punctuation exists for a reason.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It's a Microsoft Studios release, so fat chance of that being on PS4. You can use a Windows 8 PC or a Surface Pro Tablet to play Project Spark though. It's a free game where you only pay for prop packages if you decide you need them.

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Looks like I get to start working on games this month, hopefully! I requested to be in the PC beta a few months ago. This gives so much freedom!

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Can't wait for this game.


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In all honesty this looks like a game that Media Molecule would be working on. I am sure something like it will be coming out on PS4 around 2015.

Though this is a GREAT looking game.

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That's welcoming news.

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Game looks interesting.

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I feel like with the ability to make your own motions for attacks theres gonna be a lot of people online using a jerking off motion to launch fireballs.

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PS4 players can always try some Minecraft instead.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Got littlebigplanet thanks

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> lol @ LBP being anything like Project Spark.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> the creation tools available in both of those games are robust enough to warrant a comparison.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> LBP and Minecraft are nothing like what Project Spark is. Project Spark is closer to a game engine tool set for making games to share. You can create just about any game genre you want, choose how the game controls work, and has cross platform play. Comparing those two games to Project Spark just doesn't really make sense.

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This is something I'm really looking forward to. The Xbox Live subscription requirement wouldn't have been an issue as I've never had a problem with it.

If the only use the Kinect gets is me stomping around my lounge hamming it up then its money well spent!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> The Kinect also allows for voice acting along with the mocap features. You can edit both in the system too so you don't have to be too precise with your performance.

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