Halo: Spartan Assault launches in North America today

Top-down arcade shooter slated for Windows 8-operated PCs, tablets, and Windows Phone 8 devices; no word on game's release date outside of the US.

343 Industries and Vanguard Games' Halo spin-off title, Halo: Spartan Assault, will be available for download from July 18 for Windows 8-operated PCs, tablets, and Windows Phone 8 devices, according to Microsoft. The game costs $6.99.

Halo Spartans are going all Smash TV this week.

The mobile version will only be available on Verizon Wireless until August 16. The game requires 1GB RAM on Windows Phone 8 devices; the version made for 512MB RAM Windows Phone 8 devices will be out later this August. There is currently no word on the game's release date in other regions.

The twin-stick-controlled top-down shooter takes place between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4. The game contains 25 missions, integration with Halo 4 that includes additional experience points and unlockable Spartan emblems, and in-app purchases. Check out GameSpot's latest coverage for more information.

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DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

have this on surface... $7 US with microtransactions.   Should've been "free-to-play"

emerin76
emerin76

Got the game last night...or was it the night before?  whatever, yeah it's fun.  I little clunky to control on the surface, but would be awesome with a game pad.  reminds me of that lara croft arcade title...

oh....Im in Australia too.

cgobeil
cgobeil

It would be nice if you could actually buy the game.

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

Ok I'm downloading it now. It's still not in the marketplace. But I used my wp8 internet browser to go to the official windowsphone web site, and the download link is on the main page.....once you click on it it will automatically take you to the usual game purchase screen.

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

Just spotted the Smash TV reference......cheers Jonathan. 

D1N02982
D1N02982

Has anyone been able to download it in Canada?

l_JEST3R_l
l_JEST3R_l

has anyone been able to download it yet?

lostastsea22485
lostastsea22485

cry cry cry bitch bitch bitch..


it's trendy and cool to bust on Microsoft......you can honestly tell that school is out over the past few weeks, as the lazy kids are sitting in front of their MICROSOFT systems and talking shit....shocker!!!


I'll get this for my Surface Pro and enjoy it.

larz_1234
larz_1234

Classic case of Microsoft wanting people to upgrade to get this game. No thanks ill stick with windows 7.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Can't wait to play this on my windows 7 machine.

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

Hope it comes to the UK soon o.O.  Odd that the release dates aren't unified, what localisation could they possibly need to organised?

snugglebear
snugglebear

Yay! More Halo something-or-other. 

malokevi
malokevi

NYYYCE I was looking out for it all day yesterday because I had heard the 17th. Will be picking this up for MY RT at lunch if its on the store. 

Needs me some gamerpoints.

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

God dammit, give me Halo: The NSA Chronicles.

kik4444
kik4444

I really don't see the problem with windows 8. If you miss the freaking windows button on the buttom left corner so much, just install a mod for windows 8 that brings it back (http://www.iobit.com/iobitstartmenu8.php) or just switch to mac or linux. I personally like it cause it speeds up my pc by a lot! And I'm also gonna be enjoying Project Spark on my win8 later this year if you don't get it for X1

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

who cares, this games looks awful, only a stupid xbox halo fan kid could buy this "halo milking product"

shafe-man
shafe-man

I don't think people understand something very crucial: if Microsoft didn't have Windows 8, it could very well have released it on Windows 7/Vista/XP/98/DOS. Good news right? But wait, how would Microsoft distribute it? THAT'S RIGHT, GFWL.


Hope that shuts people up.

howie1926
howie1926

Soo since I don't have windows 8 I can't play it....what a joke

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

Thank you sir, I'll play myself a match before going to work. 

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

@D1N02982 Multiple sources, including the official WP8 twitter feed, state that the game is scheduled for release at 4 oclock PDT....which was about 30 min ago.....I hope this doesn't mean Canadians won't get it today. 

NilsoSto
NilsoSto

@l_JEST3R_l Nope nothing. But I'm from Germany.. I read on other sites, that it will be released worldwide today. Are you from the US?

nickpeck36
nickpeck36

So like, what time does it come out, 11am est here and nothing :( 

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

@kik4444"speeds up my pc BY a lot" your grammar is very funny, come on, type some more for my enjoyment.

wizaard88
wizaard88

@shafe-man Yes they could have released it under GFWL but if they were programming it from the beginning as a Windows Store app, it was a lot easier for them to bring it to Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8, so desktop, tablet and mobile platforms at once. And potentially to Xbox One as well (if it really uses Windows API/core).

pspearman
pspearman

@howie1926 I don't have a PS3 so i cant play the Last of Us...what a joke

I don't have feet so I cant play football....what a joke

Its not up to the world to cater for your needs.


l_JEST3R_l
l_JEST3R_l

@NilsoSto @l_JEST3R_l   yes.  Texas.  (i am trying to download on a Win8 (RT) tablet).  it shows as being available when i search through games, but when i click on it, it pops up with a link to the store to purchase.  it goes to a white loading (transfer) screen, then just ends up @ the Store home screen.  when i search in the store, it does not return any results.  so frustrating.  with all of the pre-testing, how hard is it to get a release right?  this is just as buggy as COD Elite. #~%$!%!$^$^!^#^&&

malokevi
malokevi

@eze_sl89

That's not really a huge mistake... In fact, I would say its not a mistake at all. Nothing but a few extra words. If you're going to edit, at least do it properly. "speed up my PC." would have sufficed. 

funny how you come in and troll a perfectly reasonable and well thought out comment.

Pretty pathetic.

@kik4444  

 I agree completely. W8 is fantastic... I love metro. And quite frankly I didn't even notice the Start button was gone. Its basically obsolete. Apparently they have brought it back in 8.1 preview, but I haven't noticed that either.

Spark = dope. I'll be getting it for my X1 as soon as is humanly possible! :D

NilsoSto
NilsoSto

@l_JEST3R_l @NilsoSto Same here. Tried to download it on my surface rt -.- nothing...

lostastsea22485
lostastsea22485

@rolla020980 @mr_azim Rolla..dude I'm with you on everything that you said.  There's nothing wrong with Win 8 IMHO..it does things quickly and no blue screens...plus I've intergrated some of the cloud capabilities that are included in the OS...it's a great operating system....


Trolls will be trolls...and cry over not having a "
start button."

rolla020980
rolla020980

@mr_azim 

Worst launch, maybe, but worst OS? I have found it to be a stable and reliable OS and I do not miss the start button one bit.

If you want to label a worst since, I wouldn't use the incredibly stable XP as an example, may ME, but not XP.