Independent development has produced a stunning surge within the past few years to the point where the masses are craving indie titles. Creativity and ingenuity is at the threshold in the game industry, but Microsoft seemed to be reluctant for the better half of the rise of indies; although, recently we’ve seen XBLA devote more of their attention to being proactive with indie developers. Aside from the sudden change of heart, Microsoft announced a title named Project Spark last E3 this past summer. Project Spark aims to have the potential of innovation readily available to anyone who is curious in developing games.
The booth for Project Spark was uncanny compared to most other titles being displayed, by how the developers facilitated the area while members from the Project Spark community showcased the raw capabilities that this game presents. This becomes essential for what Project Spark strives to achieve: a showcase of aspiring developers. A community concentrated atmosphere is the clear intention that is brought to life through, not only their presentations, but also the mechanics.
If you can imagine it, you can create it, or at least while you’re playing Project Spark. Shaping the landscape that surrounds you or animating a character’s movements all trickle down to your personal preference. As the expected release of late 2014 draws near, anticipate shaping these elements through the use of the Kinect and the Smartglass. Through the Kinect, a player can record their movements to translate them into animation for their character. In the Smartglass’s case, a player can swipe their finger across the surface of the screen to modify any view they wish to sightsee. At this point, it’s great to hear that any Xbox One title is implementing these features, but the intentions of Project Spark will manifest a strong standard.
You should be eager to get your hands on this title. The beta is currently open for anyone who has Windows 8.1 at their disposal or an Xbox One. If the anxiety is gnawing at you because you’re timid of creating a game, no need to fret–you can still enjoy the vast library of games developed by the community. Whether producing video games is your forté or more interested in taking part of early access to the uprising talent, Project Spark is your destination.