Halo franchise makes its debut on Steam next month

Twin-stick shooter Halo: Spartan Assault launching on Steam April 4 for $5.

No Halo game has ever been available on Steam, but that's going to change. Microsoft announced today that twin-stick shooter Halo: Spartan Assault will launch through Steam on April 4 for $5. The game originally debuted on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 last summer.

Halo: Spartan Assault later launched for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Microsoft also announced today that from April 3-9, you'll be able to download Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 for $2. The game will see a permanent price drop to $5 on all Microsoft platforms starting April 10.

Halo: Spartan Assault includes 30 missions where you'll battle against the Covenant in a story set between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4. The game supports Steam achievements and leaderboards, and you can use either keyboard/mouse controls or you can plug in a USB Xbox controller if you want.

We have reached out to Microsoft to ask if the release of Halo: Spartan Assault means gamers can expect more Halo games to come to Steam. We'll update this story with anything we hear back.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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darkprince2
darkprince2

What happened to the price dropping to $5 on April 10th across all Microsoft platforms? This is still $10 on Xbox 360. I guess you were misinformed.

_Witchunter_
_Witchunter_

I'd call this a desperate milking of a game gone wrong while trying to desperately milk the franchise. Milking² it is.

omar_q
omar_q

Unless the Halo franchise can offer multiplayer that is akin to the original trilogy and not the CoD clone it has become, Halo is dead to me. 

jt3ldp
jt3ldp

bring halo 3 and halo 4 and odst to PC not this shit

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

nice, but i really want Halo 1-3 on PC in a new HD PC enhancement edition. F**K, i was dreaming DAMMIT

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

The headline had me pretty excited, then I come to the page and see this....


Bring ODST to PC and I will buy it again.

drekula2
drekula2

Spartan Assault was a flop and MS needs every sale it could get for it.  Don't expect the good Halo games to be on Steam, though.

PrpleTrtleBuBum
PrpleTrtleBuBum

Halo franchise = Obvious hint of a shitty game


I want Halo 3 and then mod it to hell! 10 Scarabs in a map and finally have some actual Elite allies etc...

NikIvRu
NikIvRu

This people is the definition of "Makuched"

GothikaGeist
GothikaGeist

Pretty much any other Halo game would've made my day  :(  I would even take Halo Wars over this!

Penguinlord1
Penguinlord1

This HAS to be a troll..god I hope it is...

nikon133
nikon133

It would be nice if MS would port X360 Halo titles to PC. They look quite good as they are, wouldn't even require much HD-ising treatment; running in higher resolution, higher textures (which they probably already have)... After all, MS should have interest in keeping Windows gaming alive, not just expecting 3rd party developers to do it for them, while they fully focus on Xbox and completely ignore Windows gaming as if it is their unloved stepchild, instead of their first born.

DeadorRock
DeadorRock

Microsoft is slowing bending over to Valve. I really, REALLY hope they don't pull another GfWL and just stick with Steamworks. The world will be a better place.

kujel
kujel

Spartan Assault is a decent game but the steam crowd will likely ignore it.

quakke
quakke

Halo 2 Steam would certainly raise that game from the dead.

For the record, i did play Halo 2 PC online just 2013 fall, so it is active. Hopefully the servers will be moved to Steam since MS can't really just shut down servers from a game people are playing. There is still people playing UT99, Quake3 and hell, even Quake (1996). People are playing so stop interrupting.

phbz
phbz

Oh, I thought it was a real Halo. :( 

Defender1978
Defender1978

My gosh I hope this paves the way for Halo to come to pc with future iterations.  That would be AWESOME.  Halo and Gears of War on pc would would be killer. 

Kooken58
Kooken58

Uh what about halo 2 or 3?! Halo 3 being my favorite...Could of had soo much mod potential, even on the 360 there were some awesome game modes.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

"I dont always release games on steam, but when i do, theyre games that nobody wants"

-MicroShit.

VALikimlav
VALikimlav

I was really hoping it would be Halo 1. 

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

Halo: Spartan Assault?  I was kind of hoping more for, ah, I dunno...you know...something else...

Barighm
Barighm

So...Halo still isn't available on Steam, ya?

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

If this is what MS means with "bringing more games to PC" than I'd rather they just don't.

crazywolf5150
crazywolf5150

If there are no microtransactions in the Steam version of game then it might be worth $5, but if there are then it should be free-to-play.

gajbutler
gajbutler

The one Halo game no one gives a shit about...

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

I guess Halo 1 (the only good Halo, imo) for Steam was expecting too much? Good one Eddie, you got me.

zerofrust
zerofrust

Gee, this made me think about Halo 2 PC *shudders*

KiLLLeR150
KiLLLeR150

Ah, another good ol' Eddie click-bait. By "franchise" on PC, I was only expecting Halo 1 and 2, but even that seemed too much. No, it's only ONE game, and a game that isn't even a part of the core games. Gotta be one of the biggest headline lies to date Mr. Makuch.

Flying_Carcass
Flying_Carcass

When I saw the title of this article I was hopeful to see 3 or Reach getting ported to PC, or heck, Microsoft making the PC version of 1 or 2 available on Steam (don't know about 2, but while 1's multiplayer is still alive, it could use a batch of new players)... but alas, it's a mobile game. I guess it may be worth picking up during a sale eventually, but wuddeva'.

codeman101360
codeman101360

This is exactly what we meant when we said we wanted Halo on PC, some shitty iOS game that nobody cares about!

quaker04
quaker04

@TERMINATOR-SSD  Aye! I never played Halo 3, since it was available to Vista only. Later on I really forgot about it, but a HD remake would be awesome.

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

@drekula2  Of course not, MS doesn't care about PC gaming, they want people to buy an Xbox.

drekula2
drekula2

@kujel


the people who would buy a raccoon's ass on a stick if it were $5 and 75% off?  unlikely!

karlsten13
karlsten13

@quakke Yeah there's still a bunch of H2 players. A petition sent to i think 343 had the user names of over 20k individual gamer tags when it was announced the servers were being shut down,they reconsidered and kept it going. A survey was sent out asking if we as individual users would consider pay to play, maybe this is a first step. I would dearly love to play the rest of the Halo series on pc as well

quakke
quakke

@XNEXUS666X @kujel 

10 million? Your Steam statistics are completely outdated. Steam population is currently 75 million users already, and it's growing all the time.