Halo: Spartan Assault coming first to Verizon's Windows Phone 8 devices

In June, Microsoft announced plans to release Halo: Spartan Assault, an all new top-down shooter set in Microsoft's hugely popular Halo universe but made specifically for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices. Today, Verizon Wireless announced that when the game is released later in July, it will be made available first for Verizon's Windows Phone 8 smartphones.

Verizon's announcement didn't offer any information on exactly when the game will be released, nor when the carrier's exclusivity deal will end. It's also not known if Verizon's deal extends to the Windows 8 version of the game. We have emailed Microsoft and Verizon for clarification. Verizon did say that Halo: Spartan Assault would be playable on all four of its Windows Phone 8 products (Nokia Lumia 928 and 822, HTC Windows Phone 8X and Samsung ATIV Odyssey) and that it will be priced at $6.99.

Just a reminder: The storyline of Halo: Spartan Assault takes place in between Halo 3 and 4, with players controlling either Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis as they deal with the always pesky Covenant aliens. We got to play a brief demo of the Windows 8 version at E3 2013.

Source: Verizon | Image via Microsoft

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So you guys are upset over a timed exclusive release? Welcome the console gaming market.

We don't even know how long this exclusive will last and already people are angry.

I highly doubt MS decided to just give Verizon early access, Verizon has to put up some money to do this.

As long as we are talking like a week or two of early access, I don't care. If its months, then its a bigger issue.

i hate it when they do things like this but then again i am on verizon so i do not much care. one of things i am curious about is that they said during interviews if you have it on your computer you will be able to pick up on the computer where you left off on your phone, I just dont want to have to buy the game twice.

Agreed. This is getting really embarrassing. Are they going to have carrier exclusive games with different features next? Really strange.

When Nokia does it I get it. They are an OEM. Verizon, not so much.

Right. It's actually rather uncomforting considering I will probably be switching from Sprint to T-Mobile soon and was intending to get the Nokia Lumia 925.