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Microsoft, the publisher of creative video game "Project Spark," has announced that it will discontinue support for the game, making it effectively unavailable for downloading the game as well as the user-generated content or upload creations of players.

Thomas Gratz, community manager of "Project Spark" noted in a post on the official forum that it was an "extremely difficult decision for our team" and it has not taken it "lightly."

Gratz explained that the members of the development team were moved to other projects within Microsoft Studios, following the game's transition from active development. The company felt that it was not "feasible" to "continue the behind-the-scenes work" that has kept the game running with updates and bug fixes.

It noted that the team had together released about 46 content packs, thousands of assets and 16 updates after it was released on Oct. 7, 2014.

To players who purchased the game at retail, Microsoft is offering them credit to their Microsoft account. Players who purchased and redeemed the code inside the game's retail copy (bought after October 2015) will get the promised credit, which can be sued to purchase content in either Xbox or Windows store. Gratz noted that these credits will be granted automatically to players who are eligible.

The game was released for PC and Xbox One and was developed by Team Dakota.