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June 4, 2013

Halo comes to Windows PCs and Tablets with Halo: Spartan Assault

I love playing Halo. I am not very good at it (I am actually quite horrible) – but I have a lot of fun. It’s a weekly ritual for me and my friend to jump online and go after each other in a game of Slayer. So I am super excited about today’s announcement Halo is coming to Surface and other Windows 8 PCs.


Halo: Spartan Assault is a new touch-based top-down shooter only for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

Halo Spartan Assault Screenshot - Banshee Strike

 Halo Spartan Assault Screenshot - Focus Rifle Defense

Here is the story: the game is set between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4 as a completely new chapter in the Halo Universe. It explores the first missions of the Spartan Ops program and gives more backstory to the Human-Covenant conflict(s). You play Halo: Spartan Assault through the eyes of either Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis. You are stationed aboard the UNSC Infinity as you fight never-before-seen battles against Covenant forces.

Sounds fun, right?

Halo Spartan Assault - Mission Score

 Halo Spartan Assault Screenshot - Heavy Armor Combat

Here is the lowdown on game features:

Original “Halo” gameplay. An action-packed, single-player campaign spanning 25 missions in battles never before experienced in the Halo Universe, all played from a top-down camera view.

New and immersive storyline. An original story set between the events of “Halo 3” and “Halo 4,” experience a new war with the Covenant, the first missions of the Spartan Ops program and the rise of Commander Sarah Palmer, all with best-in-class graphics and audio.

Built for simplicity. A unique fusion of touch and console-like controls for easy pick-up-and-play gaming, with the added flexibility of keyboard and mouse controls on Windows 8 PCs and tablets.

Integration with “Halo 4.” Earn experience points (XP), all-new Achievements, and unlock emblems for your “Halo 4” Spartan career, with additional integration features available after launch.

Nonstop competitive fun. Compete against friends in Leaderboards or hone your skills against an onslaught of Weekly Challenges while collecting more than 40 in-game Achievements and Medals.

In-app purchases. Grind to earn upgrades or speed up your training by purchasing credits for boosts, unique weapons or armor abilities.

Only on Windows. Available only on Windows 8 PCs and tablets and Windows Phone 8 devices.

Due to the simple controls and easy to pick-up gaming, Halo: Spartan Assault might just be a Halo game I can be really good at!

The game will be available in the Windows Store in July for $6.99 (U.S.).

For more information, click here.