Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows Phone and Windows 8 should help the platform

Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows Phone and Windows 8 should help the platform

Summary: Halo should have been a launch game on Windows Phone in 2010. Three years later, we are going to see it hit the platform along with the ability to play across Windows 8 and it looks excellent.

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Halo: Spartan Assault coming to Windows Phone and Windows 8 in July
(Image: Microsoft)

Back in 2010 when Windows Phone 7 launched many of us believed they should have launched with a Halo game for the platform since it is the game that defined the Xbox. Finally, three years later we are going to get Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows Phone 8, along with Windows 8.

I have been thinking about picking up the Lumia 928 on T-Mobile when it launches and that decision is now made with Halo coming to Windows Phone. I think Halo on the phone may appeal to many more people and this could be a huge factor in popularizing the excellent Windows Phone platform.

Halo: Spartan Assault will be a single-player top-down shooter game that will sell for $6.99. It fits into the overall Halo storyline between Halo 3 and Halo 4. You can view the trailer embedded below.

FYI, WPCentral confirmed that the game will play on WP8 devices with just 512MB RAM (Lumia 520, 620, etc.) and Windows RT devices so low cost smartphone buyers can enjoy Halo as well.

There are 25 missions, 40 in-game achievements, and parts that you can unlock in the Windows Phone game that will be reflected in your Halo 4 Xbox experience. Like I have wanted to see with cross platform from Microsoft, you can pause Halo on your phone and then pick up where you left off on your PC or tablet. I cannot wait to play on my new Lumia 925 and Surface Pro.

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(Image: Microsoft)

I don't know about you, but I am very excited about this game release and my Windows Phone is turning into my primary gaming platform with solid game titles. Microsoft now has to keep this exclusive to Windows Phone and Windows 8 to help make it compelling to get onto this platform.

Topics: Mobility, Microsoft, Microsoft Surface, Windows 8, Windows Phone

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  • Finally!!

    This is a great move-can't wait to get it on WP. I wonder if it will be available for RT?

    Halo is hugely popular and will draw a lot of folks to the platform....
    jthompso@...
    • Yes

      Says so at the end of the article.
      dsf3g
      • No

        Article does not mention RT, just Windows 8
        jthompso@...
        • Yes

          From the article:

          "FYI, WPCentral confirmed that the game will play on WP8 devices with just 512MB RAM (Lumia 520, 620, etc.) and Windows RT devices so low cost smartphone buyers can enjoy Halo as well."
          dsf3g
  • Buy a phone because of a game?

    Why would I buy a phone because of a game??? Didn't do that for ps3 or Xbox, don't think I'll waste money in this case.
    Teco222
    • Game is just icing on the cake

      The flagship Lumia line (920, 928, 925) offer a ton for smartphone buyers and they are just $100 on contract. The presence of Halo is just an added benefit that should bring more attention to the platform and may even help Windows 8 out as well with the cross platform gameplay.

      Lumias offer outstanding services like Nokia Music, HERE maps, great optics, and much more so I am not buying the 925 just for the game. The game helps tip my decision to the 925 though, but the hardware itself is compelling too.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • icing on the cake?

        I woudn't call windows 8 cake.
        Jean-Pierre-
        • a cake

          Like the type you can have and eat it too. The dreamed Perpetual Mobile machine - Microsoft invented it!
          danbi
      • Todd/Will/Matt/NZ

        Your line is getting old, and quite tired. Just admit your a Zealous Microsoft fanboy, and be done with it.
        Troll Hunter J
        • I wondered when you were going to pull that username out

          You've logged on with all your other ones lately, but this one was silent for a while.

          I thought maybe it was banned.

          BTW - Your line is getting old, and quite tired. Just admit that more then one person doesn't hate MS for the sake of hating, like you do.
          William Farrel
          • I see you don't like

            Being called out. Sad but true, you use multiple logins to push your Pro MS/ Anti competition agenda. Windows Phone sucks, ad the public has spoken. If you could just admit the facts, and move on, your life would be so much better. The Zune failed, the Kin failed, WP 7 failed, and now WP 8 is right there with the rest of MS's failures.
            Troll Hunter J
          • And you're a twat..

            Your point? All companies have made flops.. that doesn't mean it's the end! Whether you like it or not MS are doing very well and their share of the 'phone space' is growing.. you may as well get over it and preach about something else.. And I only have 1 login and I like the Windows phone.. I tried Android and Apple and I hated them.. work got a demo Win7 phone and I loved it.. was just easy to use.. You've NEVER seen me commenting on Articles about apple so why are you here?

            Simple.. you're a twat.. go away..
            ursulus
      • How

        can you buy Lumia 928 on T-Mobile ?? May be Lumia 925 ??
        Vish2801
      • Re: Lumias offer outstanding services like

        Microsoft can succeed, if you only believe.

        After all, faith can move mountains. Can't it?
        ldo17
    • This is for the young crowd

      There already is a call of duty came on WP8, it's looks AMAZING, but it VERY hard to play on just a screen. But I can't really even play a fps without a keyboard and mouse, a controller alone is very hard.

      I'm sure kids will pick it up and be fine.
      everss02
    • The idea is

      To praise all Microsoft products, as if they're perfect. Never mind the constant screwing the consumers get, from Microsoft, their perfect according to the Zealots, like Matt.
      Troll Hunter J
  • lame game

    my android games are far better.
    LlNUX Geek
    • Nice to see that you've played it.

      Oh wait, you haven't.

      WP8 may not have many games, but Windows 8 sure does.
      ForeverCookie
  • The way I see it

    I don't have an Xbox. I loved Halo when they made it for PC. Now they are releasing this for the Windows Phone and Windows 8.
    I already own both so this is really great news.
    Now call me what you will but if I bought products based on how the company treats their customers then my shelves would be fairly bare.
    Get over your "mine is better than yours" obsession and realize all three phone platforms have a lot to offer and all three companies screw us one way or the other.
    anna-walker
  • Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows Phone and Windows 8 should help the platf

    I will be purchasing this game immediately for my Microsoft Windows Phone 8 phone. Looks awesome with some great graphics.
    Loverock-Davidson