Yesterday, as part of a whole batch of Xbox One rumors, we learned about the existence of Halo: Spartan Assault, though beyond the name, we didn’t have much of a clue as to what it might be. Today, however, Microsoft has announced the game as a top-down Halo title exclusively available for Windows 8 computers and devices. I definitely did not see that one coming.
Set to come out this July for a mere $6.99, Halo: Spartan Assault is set between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4, and “explores the first missions of the Spartan Ops program and dives deeper into the backstory of Human-Covenant wars.” Gamers have the option of playing as Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis, and the game will be a touch-based, top-down action shooter. Take a look at the screenshots below to get a look at what all that means in practical terms. It seems as though the game is primarily a single-player experience, though there will be some competitive aspects via leaderboards and such.
Not only that, but the forthcoming comic book from Dark Horse, Halo Initiation, ties in directly with this game, as we learn about Sarah Palmer in more detail. Needless to say, there’s plenty of Halo action happening this summer, outside of a potential, as-yet unannounced Halo 5 for the Xbox One that we may learn about at E3.
Of course, this game is available exclusively for Windows 8 machines…meaning your iPhone or your Android device can’t play this game. It’s no secret that Windows 8 devices are lagging way behind iOS and Android, so developing a Windows-exclusive Halo game is a pretty smart way to try and generate interest. Will it be enough to get people to buy a Windows phone? Are people going to be more inclined to get a Windows 8 tablet? I honestly don’t know…but it’s the best plan I can see yet.
Let us know what you think of this game—and its platform—in the comments.