'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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