Halo: Spartan Assault for Xbox One launches Christmas Eve, runs in 1080p at 60fps

Microsoft confirms launch details for upcoming top-down downloadable game; Xbox 360 version delayed to January 2014.

The Xbox One version of top-down action shooter Halo: Spartan Assault will launch on December 24, Microsoft announced today. The game runs in 1080p at 60 frames per second, the company said.

Meanwhile, the Xbox 360 version has been delayed to January 2014, though Microsoft did not say why. Both versions of the game were previously planned to launch in December.

Halo: Spartan Assault for the Xbox One will sell for $15 when it launches exclusively as a digital product. Users who have already purchased Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 (or purchase it before December 15), can buy the new version for $5. The Windows version of Halo: Spartan Assault sells for $7, meaning those who want to double-dip can do so for $12.

Halo: Spartan Assault on the Xbox One features a new cooperative mode, new weapons, and the previously released paid expansion Operation Hydra. The new cooperative mode sees players joining with others on Xbox Live (it is not clear if local multiplayer is supported) and taking on the classic Halo enemy The Flood in wave-based battles. Producer Dan Ayoub stressed that players will need to work together to emerge victorious.

When the Xbox 360 version launches in January, players won't be able to join matches with friends on the Xbox One, as cross-platform play is not supported, Microsoft said.

Halo: Spartan Assault, developed by Vanguard Games in association with main Halo studio 343 Industries, originally launched for Windows device in July. Microsoft has not shared sales data for the game to date.

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EduardoNL
EduardoNL

Think Microsoft should explore more their franchises with diffferent perpesctives! Cant they see potential that Dust 514 (EVE) had? Think Halo and Ryse have everything to mix action and strategy! Scares me the fact that Halo Spartan Assault is way too casual for me!

EduardoNL
EduardoNL

This should´ve been Halo Wars 2 the best game of the X360!

samus_my_life
samus_my_life

Halo Is always one step forward ahead of all games :) yeah 

Caleb1dunn
Caleb1dunn

Looks awesome. You halo haters out there I have some advice. Play a different game!

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

why?!?  I have this on my tablet and it's mediocre at best.  As disappointed as playing ODST.

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

@DESTROYRS_F8It's a bit of a Marmite game.  You either love it or you hate it :D!  I love it!  It's addictive fun, and it's nice the campaign and XP carry between Windows/Xbox One platforms, a nice touch :)

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

It betfer hit 60fps the entire game... if it misses one frame... i swear...

fillup0
fillup0

This is so lazy. I hate the way they are trying to achieve 1080p 60fps to the point where they will brag about it on a measly smartphone game. Literally it's not an achievement. It ran at 1080p on smartphones anyway.

TrialMonkey
TrialMonkey

@fillup0 New on [Insert your next gen favorite here], Plants vs Zombies in full 1080p at a blinding 60 FPS!

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

So lemme get this straight I should jump for joy that a console can play a smartphone game at 1080p 60 fps?

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

this looks good. I dont have Windows 8 or a Windows phone so Ill get it on xbox one. I think the controls would be best on xbox 360 and xbox one anyway.

DIGN
DIGN

Finally I can upgrade from my WP8 version. The controls on my phone are crap.

aborgraffiti
aborgraffiti

ahahhaahhahaa i was like "oh wow, really" then I read "top-down" lolol

aborgraffiti
aborgraffiti

@IanNottinghamX Wow, I missed the 3rd paragraph I guess, but what was the point in even telling us it runs in 1080p+60fps then. I wonder if they'll do this every time "Breaking News: Microsoft announces angry birds will indeed run in full 1080p and 60fps" lmao

nyzma23
nyzma23

forza 5 ,nfs rival ,nba2k14 ,tomb rider and zoo tycoon they all running on 1080p


so stop bitching sony drones

aborgraffiti
aborgraffiti

@nyzma23 all sports games except tomb raider which is a game from months ago and zoo tycoon which you know lol.

motopram
motopram

@aborgraffiti @nyzma23  But at least Forza is 1080p/60fps unlike Killzone 1080p/30fps. That says a lot right there, two games developed exclusively for each platform and they both look incredible.

aborgraffiti
aborgraffiti

@motopram @aborgraffiti @nyzma23 You're gonna try to paint me as a fanboy for saying this but Killzone is a FPS and Forza is a racing game and racing games are a lot easier to run than a FPS like Killzone. Trust me I don't have a PS4 or a X1 I have a pc and games like dirt 3 or grid will run at 60fps on the highest settings (and 1080p of course) while basically any FPS at least needs some things lowered like shadows and AA basically no matter how old it is. 


This is because racing games are the most linear games out (unless it's something like midnight club) and the background and environment is static. Just like all other sports games as well.

power-fantastic
power-fantastic

A top down 3rd person shooter ported from a smart phone. X1 should run it at 4k lol. Some are so easily impressed I guess

rokketdawg
rokketdawg

Then why aren't you playing now?

Biotasticmeat
Biotasticmeat

Why cant people just be happy about good news like this instead of turning the comment section into a troll fest? On a good note, I'm very pleased with news and will be looking forward to getting it on my Xbox One.

blamix99
blamix99

wow finally they got a game on 1080p. to bad its a tablet though

ritsukoblue
ritsukoblue

@blamix99 Forza 5, EA sports UFC, Zoo Tycoon, NBA 2K14, and Tomb Raider Definitive SAYS HELLO!!!!

mattcake
mattcake

Not many people commenting about the 360 version being postponed til Jan. Do MS really think people will buy an XB1 just to play this game instead of waiting? Discuss. And moan. Yes.

Horndawgie
Horndawgie

@mattcake Maybe that's what MS wants, but no, this won't sell a system by itself to more than a few fanboys, who already have an X1, no doubt.. It's a nice addition, looks like fun, but not many people can afford an X1, let alone a PS4, this Holiday. There are certainly not 2.3 million people in North America waiting on Gamestop's 'first to know' list to buy a PS4 from them. Marketing BS.

mattcake
mattcake

@Horndawgie True story. I love my 360, don't use my PS3 much but I bought my PS4 already, not bothered about the XB1 for now. MS need to look at that :)

kamikazeespleen
kamikazeespleen

I love how 10-15 years ago, people didn't really give a shit about frame rates unless it was playable, never mind the resolution. To be honest, I'm a PC gamer who tries to get the best possible quality and everything but I don't know why they need to make news stories on these. It shows more peoples lack of understanding about true FPS and resolution.


When DICE said Battlefield 3 wouldn't run at 1080p on the PS3 and Xbox 360, people went ape shit clueless of the fact that there are only a handful of current gen games in true 1080i/p instead of upscaled 720p.


Even though GTA V isn't in native 1080p, its still a fun playable game. Yeah, at this point in consoles we should easily be passing the native 1080p part but given time and I'm sure developers will nail it. Look at games that came out at the start of current gen and compare them to games at the end, The Last Of Us for example.

hystavito
hystavito

@kamikazeespleen On my PC I almost never monitor FPS, except for a few occasions when I was trying to benchmark a new card or solve a problem, but still very rarely.  I just play the game and adjust the settings until it feels right to me.


Admittedly I don't play a lot of multiplayer and even when I did I was never obsessive about being competitive.  I guess I can kinda understand those people obsessing over their framerate, but as I said, for me if the game feels right then I'm happy without trying to reach some number.

aborgraffiti
aborgraffiti

@hystavito @kamikazeespleen personally I only really care if the framerate goes down to 30. I mean that's when you can really tell without FRAPS. 40 doesn't look great but it's still playable imo.

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

Finally a game running 1080P 60fps On xBoned720 too bad it's a tablet game.lol lol lol :-)

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

Xbots forza 5 forza 5 forza 5 in 1080p 60fps. Racers and sports games are the two lowest graphic demanding games that's why XBoned720 can run it at 1080p

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

People who say they are fine with 720p are idiots honestly if your okay with that buy a 360 or ps3 ffs pcs can easily run 1080p on low settings hell even 60 fps aint that hard to achieve consoles should be easily doing this by now -_-

tom2750
tom2750

@uchihasilver except every game on the next gen consoles run games in high settings minimum that has already been confirmed by developers

broly180
broly180

XBOX ONE STILL SUCK 720P AND PS4 HAS 1080P 60FPS MORE THAN XBOX ONE....


uchihasilver
uchihasilver

@sladakrobotdude all you have done is desperately try and defend Xbox one >.> if you weren't a fanboy you wouldn't be posting on every comment lol at the end of the day who cares if you like the console you've purchased good for you in the mean time ill be getting both consoles so i can play both sets of exclusives and not whine like a bitch

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@SerlongManRight.Do you of how many polygons cars are made?
Do you know how many parameters are running in background for each car(16 of it) for the tires,the rollbars,the downforce,lateral g's.acceleration,braking,slipstreaming,drifitng,crashes etc etc.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@uchihasilver lol I am guilty as a xbox owner to be in an article which is about a X1 game and trying to find likeminded to talk about the game or the console.
What i find is ignorance and hate from non X1 owners.

SerlongMan
SerlongMan

@sladakrobotI would say the same for any racing game including Gran Turismo.  That's why all racing games look good.  There are only a few things to render.  Your perception on the number of trolls on articles are ridiculously skewed. 

tom2750
tom2750

@sladakrobot @SerlongMan racing games running in 1080p 60fps is not impressive expecially when its forza the graphics really aren't that great but even if they were its a bloody racing game ffs not very demanding

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

@sladakrobotracing games have never really had a problem with running at higher resolutions so its a safe bet it wasn't that hard to accomplish