'Halo: Spartan Assault' coming to Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 in July

Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced a new Halo game set to debut on Windows tablets and smartphones, "Halo: Spartan Assault." In what is said to be an exclusive title for Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8, it could finally see Microsoft begin to properly leverage its Xbox gaming credentials.

Gameplay will consist of a tablet- and smartphone-friendly top-down view and should have its skill level set for a wider audience. The game is said to have something for both the fans and newcomers too.

Microsoft said the game is set between the events of "Halo 3" and "Halo 4," placing the new entry firmly in the canon of the series. The game follows the first mission of the Spartan Ops program (a multiplayer mode available in "Halo 4"). Players control either Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis, both of whom are seen in "Halo 4," as they fight Covenant forces.

Even though Microsoft has now built in Xbox into both Windows Phone and now Windows 8 they haven’t capitalized much on their big franchises. By bringing Halo in whatever form to its tablet and smartphone devices, they could finally be taking the ecosystem seriously.

Here are some of the features of the games:

  • Original "Halo" gameplay: An action-packed, single-player campaign spanning 25 missions in battles never before experienced in the Halo Universe, all played from a top-down camera view
  • New and immersive storyline: An original story set between the events of "Halo 3" and "Halo 4," experience a new war with the Covenant, the first missions of the Spartan Ops program and the rise of Commander Sarah Palmer, all with best-in-class graphics and audio
  • Built for simplicity: A unique fusion of touch and console like controls for easy pick-up-and-play gaming, with the added flexibility of keyboard and mouse controls on Windows 8 PCs and tablets
  • Integration with "Halo 4": Earn experience points, all-new Achievements, and unlock emblems for your "Halo 4" Spartan career, with additional integration features available after launch
  • Nonstop competitive fun: Compete against friends in Leader boards or hone your skills against an onslaught of Weekly Challenges while collecting more than 40 in-game achievements and medals
  • In-app purchases: Grind to earn upgrades or speed up your training by purchasing credits for boosts, unique weapons or armor abilities
  • Only on Windows: Available only on Windows 8 PCs and tablets and Windows Phone 8 devices.

Microsoft announced the game will be available in July and cost $6.99 on each platform (Windows 8/RT and Windows Phone 8).

Source | Halo Waypoint

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If I purchase both the phone and windows version will the game stats, saves, achievements all be linked? That's my biggest issue with the different windows platforms at the moment. Playing a game on both phone and windows I get two versions of the same game coming up in my achievements list and have to do the achievements twice.

Also as mentioned above would be great to only buy this once. I've already forked out enough money by buying windows 8, a windows phone, Xbox and a surface. Its the only way to get people investing in the windows ecosystem.

So instead of Halo, we are getting this sh**?.

It is not (a proper) HALO, halo is a FPS and it is a over top game. They did the same with Halo Wars, a rts that milks the Halo franchise.

Next : Madden Halo 2013

I hear you, but not everyone like FPS'. I've never liked Halo because I've never like FPS'. But I will by this for the desktop.

To each his own. There's a plethora of FPS' for FPS fans.

If you knew anything about Halo, you would know it started out as a RTS and was then switched to a 3rd person shooter which resembles this game very closely. This is a Halo game made for touch devices...of course its not going to be a FPS...and most fans wouldn't want that as the touch controls could never measure up to the gamepad. We want a Halo fix on our mobile devices which can then tie into the main experience...that exactly what this game does.

Timothy Gamble said,
This is a Halo game made for touch devices...of course its not going to be a FPS...and most fans wouldn't want that as the touch controls could never measure up to the gamepad.

And it is the main problem, may be it will be cool for touch device but i can't say the same for a desktop with keyboard and mouse, it is not that desktop user will not be able to play it, it is that it will feel too basic. Also, i bet that it will be focused for the hd4000 or lower.

What we asked for : a version for pc similar to the future version for xbox (MS did it with Vista and Halo 2) and not a crippled version with basic graphics and control.

Timothy Gamble said,
...and most fans wouldn't want that as the touch controls could never measure up to the gamepad.

... and (in FPS) gamepads can never measure up to keyboard and mouse.

i play halo for the story and the atmosphere not because its an fps
an fps fan should not expect anything from a title for touchscreens no matter what the name

have its skill level set for a wider audience.

The game is said to have something for both the fans and newcomers too.


Why do I cringe when I hear these phrases spoken over a beloved franchise?

Sadelwo said,

Why do I cringe when I hear these phrases spoken over a beloved franchise?

I dunno? Bungie and 343 have managed to keep the game well polished lately.. Perhaps you're just assuming the worst for no reason at all?

Come on dude...the fact that this game is made for touch devices means it wont be as hardcore as the main games, and no one should expect it to be...this should be a given. Why even attempt to complain about that. MS is doing exactly what they need to do here, which is put their popular franchises on as many devices/platforms as possible. I hope they do this with many other franchises (Forza, PGR, Fable, Alan Wake, Dance Central, Viva Pinata, Kameo, ect). Top down shooters can be very addictive in their own right...lets hope theirs a lot of "Halo" in this Halo game.

buying once should be played in all Windows 8 PC, Windows RT and Windows Phone. Buy and your able to install it in what ever PC,RT or WP. Anyways I like it. Good Job MS.

It would be cool if anyone that bought the game on the XBOX got it for free on WP8. To me that is creating value and also encourages people to get a windows phone.

You still cant purchase once, play everywhere?
Haha, even Sony is ahead then (although Sony leaves it to the publishers wether to pay once, play twice(vita+ps3)).

Are we going to get a new UT?!! (one that is worthy of becomming a new UT:GOTY)
Or a new kind of Rollercoaster Tycoon?

And would surely love a worthy new Tiberian Sun too. (and no, CnC3/4 sucked monkey balls)