Microsoft’s game-building tool “Project Spark” will not require an Xbox Live Gold subscription, the company confirmed in the Xbox One Reddit forum this week (via Polygon).
“You do not need an Xbox Live Gold account to play ‘Project Spark,'” community manager Mike Lescault said. “You will not need a Gold subscription to play “Project Spark” for free on any platform.”
“Project Spark” was announced for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows 8 during Microsoft’s Electronic Entertainment Expo briefing in June. A beta for the game will begin on PC this month and on Xbox One in January 2014.
The story of “Mass Effect 4″ will not relate to Shepard or the events of the previous three games, according to BioWare’s Mac Walters.
In an interview with Complex, Walters – who was lead writer on “Mass Effect 3″ and is currently working on a 13-issue comic series entitled “Mass Effect: Foundation” – was asked how the studio plans to proceed after wrapping up Shepard’s trilogy.
“Well, I can’t get into details, but the idea is that we have agreed to tell a story that doesn’t relate necessarily to any of the Shepard events at all, whatsoever,” he replied.
We’re certainly keen on “Pokémon X and Y,” and apparently aren’t the only ones. Nintendo today announced the pair sold four million copies between them over the weekend following Saturday’s launch. If you smooshed them together, it’d be the fastest-selling 3DS game yet.
The Pokémon games and their various spin-offs have sold over 245 million copies, Nintendo claims. The best-selling core pair so far are 2007’s “Pearl and Diamond,” which have shifted 17.63 million copies between them.