Microsoft announced yesterday the closure of Project Spark, a free to play game creation tool. As of yesterday, Microsoft had removed the program from its Xbox Marketplace and Windows Store. The final day for the server was told to be August 12.  No service means no ability to download or upload creations. From a blog statement, Microsoft offered that the decision to shut down Project Spark was not one taken lightly, citing:

“When “Project Spark” transitioned away from active development last fall, many of our team members moved to other projects within Microsoft Studios. While this means there have been no layoffs at Microsoft, it also means it’s simply no longer feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping “Project Spark” up and running with meaningful updates and bug fixes, so we have come to this hard decision.”

With over 46 content packs and 16 updates, combined with thousands of assets, the program has done a great deal of good for the company. Microsoft was proud to see fans going above and beyond, creating forums, apps, games, and other unique ways to interact and engage with others. Players who did purchase the retail Project Spark Starter Kit would receive a credit to their Microsoft account; this offer also extends to those that purchased a retail copy from a code redemption.