Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 version of Kodu game tools

In 2009, Microsoft launched Kodu, a software development toolkit designed primarily for children to help them make their own games. A desktop version of Kodu was released for all currently supported builds of Windows for free. A version designed to work with the Xbox 360 is also available to download for $5.

This week, Microsoft released a version of Kodu made for Windows 8.1's Metro interface. It's now available to download from the Windows Store. Here's the official description:

Kodu lets you create games through a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming. Anyone can use Kodu to make a game with no design or programming skills.

Kodu could be considered a precursor to Microsoft's "Project Spark," the upcoming free game creation tool for Windows 8.1, Xbox 360 and Xbox One that's being made for an older audience to create games. Earlier this week, Microsoft launched the closed beta of "Project Spark" for Windows 8.1, but so far it has only sent out invites to a select few individuals, with more coming in the days and weeks ahead. Unlike Project Spark, Kodu is available to download for anyone to use and supports both x86 and ARM PCs. Currently, Project Spark does not support Windows RT.

Source: Windows Store via McAkins Online | Image via Microsoft

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... How can it support x86 and ARM PCs but not support Windows RT?

Windows RT runs on the ARM platform... So am I confused or does this need clarification?

Chsoriano said,
So am I confused or does this need clarification?

The former!

Unlike Project Spark, Kodu is available to download for anyone to use and supports both x86 and ARM PCs. Currently, Project Spark does not support Windows RT.

Did you miss the part where Kodu is not Project Spark?

Oh haha, indeed thanks for pointing that out. This Kodu/Project Spark is confusing me it seems... Why do they need two project teams working on products that seem similar?

Chsoriano said,
Why do they need two project teams working on products that seem similar?

Why indeed? Who knows what those crazy 'Softies do anything?!

Chsoriano said,
Oh haha, indeed thanks for pointing that out. This Kodu/Project Spark is confusing me it seems... Why do they need two project teams working on products that seem similar?

They ported kodu to winrt/metro but that doesn't mean they added anything new to it since last time. I think it's done as far as development goes and project spark is basically v2.0.