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

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.

Halo: Spartan Assault coming to Windows Phone and Windows 8 in July
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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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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.