Microsoft unveils Halo: Spartan Assault

halo-spartan-assault-bannerAfter a long absence, Halo is making a return to the PC.  Sort of.  Microsoft has pulled back the curtain on a brand new Halo game, made exclusively for Windows 8 devices, and it looks pretty darned cool.  So read on for all the details.

Remember when Microsoft registered the “Halo Spartan Assault” domain name, and everyone freaked out and thought it was the title of the next Halo game?  Well, turns out they were right.  Kinda.  You see, Spartan Assault is a new Halo game, but it doesn’t continue the adventures of Master Chief, and it probably won’t be coming to Xbox anytime soon.  Spartan Assault is a single player top-down shooter made for the Windows 8 platform, which includes PCs, tablets, and smartphones.

Taking place between Halo 3 and Halo 4, Spartan Assault stars Sarah Palmer as a young ODST, before she became a Spartan IV.  As you might have guessed, the game’s story ties directly into Halo: Initiation, the comic series announced earlier this year.  Check out the trailer below.

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I don’t know about you, but I think that looks pretty sweet.  Finding a way to play it might be probematic, though.  Like most people, I don’t have a Windows tablet or phone.  I also haven’t upgraded to Windows 8, but depending on how good Spartan Assault turns out to be, I might have to.  UGHHH TILES.  Anyway, the game contains 25 levels, with each level lasting between 5 and 10 minutes.  Missions range from shooting and bomb planting, to escort and defense.  And of course, it wouldn’t be a Halo game without vehicles.  For some detailed hands-on impressions of the game, check out this preview over at VG247.  Halo: Spartan Assault launches this July, and will be priced at $6.99.


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    Joe was born in a time of war. A console war. Two electronic titans were locked in a heated battle for the living rooms of America. Which titans, you ask? Well, the Fairchild Channel F and the Atari 2600 of course. You see, Joe is old. So many of his favorite games tend to be on the older side as well. But that hasn’t stopped him from developing unhealthy obsessions with such modern franchises as Halo and Mass Effect. Just don’t tell him how long it’s been since the original Metroid was released. His aging heart can’t take the shock.