Halo: Spartan Assault a top-down shooter for Windows 8

Top-down action shooter launching on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 in July for $7; Halo Initiation comic revealed.

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Microsoft today announced Halo: Spartan Assault, an all-new single-player Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 top-down action shooter.

Developed by 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games (Gatling Gears, Greed Corp), Halo: Spartan Assault is described as "accessible" and made for fans and newcomers alike.

The game is set between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4. It explores the first missions of the Spartan Ops program and provides greater clarity into the story of the Human-Covenant wars.

Gamers play as either Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis aboard the UNSC Infinity as they take on "never before seen" skirmishes against Covenant attackers.

Halo: Spartan Assault features 25 missions, weekly challenges, and leaderboards. The game also boasts 40 achievements and medals.

The game also ties in with Halo 4, allowing console players to score new achievements and emblems for their Halo 4 Spartan. "Additional integration features" will be made available after launch, Microsoft said.

Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows 8, tablets, and Surface devices will add support for the Wired Xbox 360 controller "shortly" after launch through a title update.

Lastly, Microsoft announced today a new partnership with Dark Horse Comics for a new three-part series called Halo: Initiation. It tells the story of how Commander Shepard Palmer became a Spartan-IV and ties in with Halo: Spartan Assault.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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342 comments
666NightsInHell
666NightsInHell

I support only windows xp games,vista and w7 sux ,w8 suck even more than anything, even with best hardware these os are so slow, no one can beat xp yet.

BigGermany809
BigGermany809

Why would Initiation tell the story of Commander "Shepard" Palmer, when her name is Sarah? This is Halo, not Mass Effect. #professionalism

ShoTTyMcNaDeS
ShoTTyMcNaDeS

Nevermind. Verizon customers get it first until August 16th I think. 


ShoTTyMcNaDeS
ShoTTyMcNaDeS

where is this game? I have a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 and its not in the market place


Shalabi04
Shalabi04

i dont blame them for not making the game support iOS and android since they're not microsoft platforms. but i dont understand why its not supported on Xbox considering all of the halo titles started from Xbox

SHADOWKANKURO
SHADOWKANKURO

the next bullshit and stupid decision from microsoft by not bringing this game out for IOS and Android aswell as Windows 7

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

With the game being set between Halo 3 and Halo 4, both of which are not available for Windows, I wonder how this is accessible to new comers. Maybe they were only referring to the game play, plot be damned !!! 

Apazeus
Apazeus

Just as a side note, my self-built gaming rig runs Windows 8 and I've never had any compatibility issues with any Windows 7 software or games. It's awesome. And future proof. "Windows 7 is future proof!!!" you say? Apparently not. Have you heard of Halo: Spartan Assault? (Rhetorical question) This is one small step in the direction of MS leaving Windows 7 behind ;)

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

As always the Gamespot community hasn't failed to depress me.  Before it's even given an opportunity to show itself, everyone is biting it's head off.  Despite it being developed mainly by 343 Industries, who have already proved themselves more than credible with an excellent first title in the franchise; Halo 4.  *sigh*.

Vertigem
Vertigem

Nah, I'll pass, love Windows 7, not gonna change because of this game.

tim1935
tim1935

They are trying to get Halo fans to buy Win8.  I see what you are doing there Microsoft.  But I thought "Games for Windows" was not Win8 exclusive...

starduke
starduke

I never asked for this.

Oops, sorry wrong thread.

asdar54
asdar54

they really went far off with this one

do they really expect this to work?

hey, any chance, am I the only one noticing how big gaming companies are excluding PC players bit by bit? I mean, Gears of War, Halo, a lot of upcoming games are PS3 or Xbox 360 exclusive

N1njaSol1d
N1njaSol1d

Windows 8 only? ...M$ has their head up their asses to far, they will probably sell 5 units of this. For the 5 people that use Windows 8 to play games. Oh how I love to see M$s' stupidity shine.

toderascu23
toderascu23

Too bad, Microsoft. I would've installed Windows 8 for Halo 3 of 4, but I don't think anyone will install it for this crappy little alien shooter type game.

edinko
edinko

Some PC gamers: We want HALO 3 and 4 on PC.

M$: No you want a telephone HALO exclusive for Win8

facepalm

Diarm0
Diarm0

didn't get vista to play halo 2, not getting windows 8 just to play this, M$ you fail at life.

devak108
devak108

It's like top M$ execs sit around all day like "OK guys, how can we fail more?"

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Ready. Set. SWIPE!!!!! 

samedizombie
samedizombie

Windows 8 only I take it? Nothing to do with it being a crap OS and Microsoft isn't trying to drum up sales hoping folks will buy Windoze 8 just to play the game then?

Zamboet
Zamboet

What the ...! Are you kidding me microsoft?

EbenOlemaun
EbenOlemaun

"Alright, and for only 5 dollars more I can unlock a bunch of other armor colors!? I would be stupid NOT to buy that!" - What Microsoft is hoping we all do when this comes out.

AvindrashivA
AvindrashivA

hope microsoft know that there are some who still waiting to play halo-3 and rest of the series on pc... as well as gears of war! given how money oriented they are, they can still earn few bucks by tweaking graphics a bit and creating pc versions to revive those legendary fps games!

ShadowstormXIII
ShadowstormXIII

Wow!!  I am so excited for this!  Its just what I always wanted Halo to be!!!\

Wait...no I'm not, and no it isn't.  

In fact...is it something *anyone* wanted it to be?

pcgamer194
pcgamer194

This is where Halo was going when they took from Bungie...

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

Sarah Palmer?  Don't they mean "Sarah Femshep?"

That said, even though I do have a Windows 8 Laptop, probably not getting this.  I don't see any point in supporting MS anymore.  It seems like Microsoft never behaves itself until its customers and rivals force it to.  They've been abusing their monopoly power for too long.

Dante-xero
Dante-xero

Oooh microsoft, you and i both know  april fools jokes are supposed to be made on the first of  april.. not now.. You're so silly.

kpolicoff
kpolicoff

Seems like more and more people are being forced to move to windows 8 anyways... so I don't see what the big deal is. I just think it's weird that it's not on the xbox. Still... it looks like it might be interesting. Not sure if I want to upgrade from windows 7 to 8 quite yet, though.

Wistful_Gamer
Wistful_Gamer

Instead of being forced to buy a new OS or a console for an exclusive game,

I just pretend that the game never existed.

rasterror
rasterror

This almost make me want a Windows phone.  I really like Halo Wars and felt they did a good job with it.  This looks really good.  I like the idea of playing as other Spartans besides Chief.

DrDubb
DrDubb

@andrew_ribbons @andrew_ribbons Halo 4's multiplayer was great, the best multiplayer to date in my opinion (Overall). And I've been playing system like 16 plays games since the original halo one. But wtf was the campaign? Not only was there practically no story to the campaign besides "let's chase down a bad guy and kill him", but there was no music what so ever. Ever single battle was "suspenseful" violins ringing, instead of music that actually made you feel like you were playing halo. Halo 4 was the WORST halo campaign to date. 343's campaign making is still shadowed by bungee.

SpookyHoobster
SpookyHoobster

@andrew_ribbons No one is really hating the game. Their complaining about MS putting it on Windows 8 and the fact MS probably shoved the idea to 343 which they normally wouldn't do because a top down arcade like shooter is kinda above them as a gaming company but they gotta say "Yes boss". Now personally I like these kinda stupid twists to games that let me revisit a universe I like with a fresh take on gameplay but since its only on windows 8 I'm probably not going to buy it at least in the next year or so.

In short

I'm a Halo fan not a MS Windows fan let me (Windows 7 user) play this game!

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

@N1njaSol1d Uh, someone needs to head over to Steam stats and find out just how many gamers are already using Windows 8.  Mainly, because it is actually very good for gaming if you get used to it.  13% of a 40+Mil userbase is not a small market.  Plus there's a perfectly good reason for it launching this way:  support the Windows Marketplace store with exclusives.  Something every single developer of a store ALWAYS tries to do!

igorphoenix
igorphoenix

@AvindrashivA or they can make next Halo (which they probably doing now), it would make much more sense.

Plataea
Plataea

@ShadowstormXIII  

It certainly isn't something I wanted or was expecting.  However, I'm always open to something fresh and a bit different.  I would be willing to give it a chance.

igorphoenix
igorphoenix

@pcgamer194 Halo 4 wasn't bad, surprisingly it was a great game and this... well, it's not the worst news from Microsoft over last few weeks, everything about what they doing now feels wrong.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@kpolicoff 

The big deal is that people don't like Windows 8 and that they're being forced to move to it.  Luckily, people who hold out for Windows 9 will probably get a stellar product.  

You know how Microsoft is.  Every other OS has to suck.  ME, Vista, 8... does anyone even remember ME?  Anyhow, I hope MS gets some more competition in the OS space.  I'd like to see the proliferation of more open standards and some real options out there.


Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@Wistful_Gamer With such a small install base it pretty much doesn't and it certainly won't make up the costs unless it is done cheaply and not up to Halo standards.

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

@SpookyHoobster Oh I know.  Not saying it's great if you're still on Windows 7.  It does makes sense that they're supporting their new Store, from a 'attract people to it with something.' aspect.  But if you think i'm not annoyed about the lack of a Halo pc port, you'd be wrong.  I actually got Halo 2 at launch anyway cos i'd just happened to have upgraded PC anyway.  I'd love to see a follow up, I really would :(

Acekidder
Acekidder

@KingofCabal @pcgamer194 Halo 4 was a masterpiece from start to end with awesome campaign great multiplayer and the very welcome Spartan ops series. Reach was an good game but i believe bungie was holding halo back they are a fairly mediocre studio that hit on greatness early on.

pcgamer194
pcgamer194

@igorphoenix @pcgamer194 Ok for the record, I also like Halo 4. It is sharp and great fun. But I mean that we could see this happening to the franchise from miles away. A TOP DOWN shooter on MOBILE? On WIN 8 OS only? makes me feel low.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

@arc_salvo @kpolicoff Dood that is dumb logic. Every OS has it's pluses and minuses. Me wasn't as bad as people make it out to be. It was built on Win 98 SE after all. Windows Vista wasn't bad either. People are just idiots.

EbenOlemaun
EbenOlemaun

@Toysoldier34 @Wistful_Gamer How about if you pay a dollar to hold one extra grenade...



I could see a lot of people buying the CRAP out of some micro.

igorphoenix
igorphoenix

@pcgamer194 why not, I'm sure they do it with small team inside 343 while main team is working on Halo 5. For me fourth Halo was a huge surprise. After Bungie' departure from series, mediocre Anniversary from 343 and pretty bad trailers I wasn't expecting anything good. But the game was gorgeous.