MICROSOFT HAS ANNOUNCED that its game development tool Project Spark will be available to Xbox One and PC users from 10 October.
Project Spark is Microsoft's response to Sony's Littlebigplannet, and is presently available in beta on both the Xbox One and Windows 8.1, to which Microsoft claims one million users have signed up. The service allows users to enter a game world and manipulate it, or start their own from scratch, before sharing the creation with the Project Spark community.
Microsoft announced on Wednesday that Project Spark will be available to all "aspiring game developers" across Europe from 10 October. It will be released on 7 October for Stateside gamers, and on 9 October in Asia-Pacific countries.
The service will be available as a free download on both the Xbox One and Windows 8.1, with Microsoft adding that a disc edition will also go on sale for £29.99.
This, dubbed Project Spark Starter Pack, will cost £29.99, and will include "the first sci-fi pack 'Galaxies: First Contact', the warrior champion Sir Haakon 'Hawk' the Knight, 'Champions Quest: Void Storm', the first episode of an epic campaign adventure, and more."
Despite having announced a version of Project Spark for the Xbox 360, Microsoft hasn't announced any further details about this.
However, a Microsoft spokesperson told Eurogamer, "We absolutely plan to bring Project Spark to Xbox 360. Our team is focused on creating a great experience on Xbox One and Windows 8.1 first, and will then bring that to Xbox 360.
"We don't have a timeline to share right now, but it's certainly on our roadmap." µ
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