The highly acclaimed and popular video-game series Halo has finally made the jump to mobile devices. After taking over from Bungie, the newly formed 343 Industries’ sophomore project is not console based, as many had speculated. After domains with the “Halo: Spartan Assault” name were registered a couple of months ago, there were rumors that this would be the next Halo game on the new Xbox, now known as the Xbox One. Spartan Assault is a top down shooter that will be available exclusively on Windows 8 tablets/PC’s and Windows Phone 8 devices.
Halo: Spartan Assault Details
Unlike the previous games in the series which were first person shooters, save for the lone strategy game Halo Wars, Halo: Spartan Assault is a top down shooter taking place in the Halo universe sometime between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4. The story revolves around Sarah Palmer, who played a big role in Halo 4, and a new character named Davis.
Halo: Spartan Assault is very arcade geared and won’t feature multiplayer, but will have an entirely original storyline with full cinematic cutscenes and in game dialogue. In short, no expense is being spared to make it as high quality as possible and not just a half baked tie in sort of game. Surprisingly, even upon upscaling to large HD screens, the graphics remain sharp, so 343 Industries and Vanguard Games have really put their backs into this game.
Feature wise, Halo: Spartan Assault will be completely Xbox Live integrated, so it includes achievements and cloud saving. This means you can play the game upto a certain point on one device and continue from there on another. It also supports multiple input methods like touchscreen, keyboard/mouse and the Xbox 360 controller. The best part is that it is slated to arrive even on Windows Phone 8 devices with 512 MB of RAM, unlike some of the larger games today. Halo: Spartan Assault will release sometime in July with a pricetag of 6.99$.
Could this be the killer app that Windows Phone 8 needs? Halo is doubtless one of the biggest franchises of all time and an exclusive game could sway some buyers. Stay tuned for the Halo: Spartan Assault review coming soon and let us know what you think of this new Halo announcement!
Rahul Gondane is a huge technophile and gamer, who has been obsessed with everything tech ever since he was a wee lad. He also enjoys reading books, listening to music and watching movies. Rahul is the Chief Operating Officer of Pyrite Technologies Pvt. Ltd.