Editorial

Project Spark, the ultimate in User-Generated Content
Logan Blosser posted this item on Jul 22, 2013

Team Dakota has been working for two years in secret on a new Microsoft-exclusive title that takes user-generated content to a whole new level. Other games have been based on user-generated levels, like Line Rider or Minecraft, but this game is deeply different than both of them. Line rider was singular in the gameplay aspect, and Minecraft had a much easier time making different types of levels, but it still had very singular gameplay. 

Goblin WingsProject Spark adds functionality that very few games have ever had, built in and easily implemented by users. The first of all is a malleable world not restricted by blocks or space, allowing the creation of any terrain or world you can imagine. Secondly is the adition of Brains to any object imaginiable, creating actions, moving worlds, even basic to incredibly advanced AIs with simple "If X, then Y" style commands. All of this is implemented with user-friendly setups in mind, and does not have some of the complex problems involed in creating mods for games like Skyrim or Amnesia. 

You can then choose to put your creation on the Project Spark community, where other people can play through it, or remix the creation to add thier own flair or functionality, allowing collaborative projects between multiple people. However, ideas cannot be stolen, as the system lists out the people who have worked on that string of creation and remix all the way back to the original, and the original creation is not changed by the remixes. This helps along the community creation without fear of losing credit for a great idea.

Project Spark is set up for the Xbox One release window, no specific date yet given, as a free-to-play game for Windows 8, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Windows Smartglass. 

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