According to Project Spark's developers, the upcoming sandbox game creation toolkit headed to Xbox One is powerful enough to create entire games in numerous different genres. Case in point: a fully-featured homage to X-Wing vs TIE Fighter.
Microsoft Studios manager Michael Saxs Persson waxed lyrical about Project Spark to OXM, citing multiple examples of its potential for massively creative user-generated content. “We often challenge ourselves to reconstruct popular games," he explained. One of our guys did X-Wing vs TIE Fighter – every power up was included and the X-Wing was fully functioning. Somebody else did Force Unleashed, just to see if it could be done.”
“I think the fun for me is to see genres come alive that are not doing particularly well," he added, "but they should. Like 90s-style RPGs, where they are full of adventure and wonder and you’re just hanging out talking to townspeople.
“One of the engineers, she made, like, this 40-minute epic quest. I can’t remember the last time I saw something like that. Perhaps Final Fantasy back in the ’90s?”
Details are still relatively thin on the ground about Project Spark, but of all the confirmed Xbox One titles, it promises to be one of the most revolutionary next-gen games on the market. It's also slated to hit Windows 8, as a free to play base game with microtransactions. Here's the E3 debut and community highlight reel to refresh your memory.
We love the idea of a massively-featured canvas for players to create and share their own content. LittleBigPlanet may have met its match if Project Spark delivers on its promises, if only for fans of space sims like ourselves.