One of the highlights of Microsoft’s E3 2013 press conference was “Project Spark,” a title that seeks to put game creation in the player’s hands similar to the “Little Big Planet” series on the Playstation 3. The snippets shown of the game drew attention to a game full of vibrant colors and possibilities seemingly only limited by the player’s imagination. The level editor and creation tools even looked to have a much more streamlined and easy to approach feel to them than “Little Big Planet,” which requires a significant time investment before you’re able to churn out respectable levels worth playing. While not much else was shown of the game during the conference it garnered a significant amount of attention, even picking up a number of “Best of Show” awards when all was said and done.
Well for those of you interested in the title, more good news is heading your way as Joystiq reports that the title will not require an Xbox Live Gold subscription regardless of the platform it is being played on. Considering the strength of titles such as this and Little Big Planet rely heavily on community involvement, this was a welcome announcement. Community manager of the title, Mike Lescault, confirmed today on a Reddit thread that gamers “will not need a gold subscription to play Project Spark for free on any platform.” Not requiring a Gold subscription should do wonders for the community as the title could definitely have some appeal to the casual gamer who may not feel it necessary to purchase a subscription to Microsoft’s online service. Allowing anyone who is interested in the title to contribute online should do wonders to keep an active community and bolster involvement long after the title ships.
Gamers interested in the title should keep an eye out for the PC beta program, which begins sometime this month as well as the Xbox One beta test, which should be rolling out in early January of next year. The game does not have an official release date yet but should be releasing at some point in 2014 barring any delays.