'Halo: Spartan Assault' for Xbox One syncs progress with Windows, Windows Phone versions

"Halo: Spartan Assault" was released for Xbox One on Monday, a surprise release since it wasn't scheduled for release until Tuesday. Another surprise is in store for users who own the Windows or Windows Phone version of the top-down shooter, as it syncs progress with those versions despite previous indications that it wouldn't.

Mission progress, challenges (known as "Assault Ops" on the Xbox One version because of the console's built-in "Challenges" feature), scores and medal statuses all sync from the Windows and Windows Phone versions to the Xbox version of "Spartan Assault." Users will still have to complete some tasks for achievement progress, however, such as completing an entire operation to unlock star-related achievements.

The progress compatibility comes as a surprise, as it wasn't expected to sync with the Xbox One version. On Dec. 9, a spokesman for the Halo franchise said the port wouldn't sync with the mobile versions of the game.

"Halo: Spartan Assault" is available in the Xbox One games store for $14.99; users who purchased the Windows or Windows Phone version prior to Dec. 15 can purchase the game for $4.99, however. The Windows Phone version costs $6.99 in the Windows Phone Store, and the Windows 8 version costs the same price in the Windows Store. An Xbox 360 version of the game is scheduled for release early next year.

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Anyone else playing this having screen resolution issues? It doesnt seem to want to play on 1280 by 800 screen size...

This is a start but achievements don't sync so it's not there yet. I hope they can make it work automatically for every game in the future.

Reports that it wouldn't? I had only ever read that they would sync. I think people are getting this issue confused with the fact it will not have cross platform co-op.

Sicarius123 said,
Reports that it wouldn't? I had only ever read that they would sync. I think people are getting this issue confused with the fact it will not have cross platform co-op.

Did you read the part where even a spokesman for the Halo franchise said it wouldn't have cross-platform syncing?

If it's pretty much the same as both WP and Windows 8 apps, why should we have to buy it again to play on xbox?

The app store covering all three platforms needs to arrive!

DaveGreen93 said,
If it's pretty much the same as both WP and Windows 8 apps, why should we have to buy it again to play on xbox?

The app store covering all three platforms needs to arrive!


To be fair, they had to make improvements for the port. I think $15 is a bit much, but $5 is a great deal, even if you've bought a previous version.

DaveGreen93 said,
If it's pretty much the same as both WP and Windows 8 apps, why should we have to buy it again to play on xbox?

The app store covering all three platforms needs to arrive!

While I agree you do get it cheaper if you already own it on WP or windows. The Xbox One version also has new things like co-op in it as well from what I remember. It's not just a straight port.

DaveGreen93 said,
If it's pretty much the same as both WP and Windows 8 apps, why should we have to buy it again to play on xbox?

The app store covering all three platforms needs to arrive!

I have a table in my kitchen, i want the same one in my dinning room but i have to buy it again! SO UNFAIR!

George P said,

While I agree you do get it cheaper if you already own it on WP or windows. The Xbox One version also has new things like co-op in it as well from what I remember. It's not just a straight port.

It would have been nice though had they thrown in Local Co-op, I mean it's kind of a no-brainer.