Halo-Spartan-Assault-Cinematic-Horizon1Halo: Spartan Assault is a top-down, twin-stick shooter that, from most accounts, seems to have that same open-y sort of sandbox combat feel that all the previous Halo FPS games have nailed. In other words, it's an actual Halo game -- except built for Windows 8, Windows 8 phones, and Windows 8 tablets. That's kind of the rub; this thing isn't yet slated to hit the App Store. Rather, it's being billed as an "exclusive" for Windows platforms.

Why cover it over here then? Well, frankly, it seems like it has a decent shot to come to iPhone or iPad. We've heard rumblings that download numbers of Windows 8 exclusives are super low. Like, low to the point where it doesn't make sense to have an exclusive that extends beyond a window. Also, with Microsoft set to double-down on SmartGlass, it seems kinda silly to keep cutting out the wider audience that it's simultaneously trying to court with its built-in tech on the Xbone.

Regardless, Spartan Assault looks really cool. The campaign, which is set between Halo 3 and the events of Halo 4, will feature 25 missions. Also, it'll offer weekly challenges and let users earn rewards for Halo 4 as they play.

When the game hits Windows 8 later this July, it'll be priced at $6.99 and offer some sort of IAP scheme for upgrades and stuff. We'll keep our eyes and ears open about an actual, confirmed port to iPhone and iPad.

[via Joystiq]

  • Gamer1st

    So I assume no I device release for this....

    • basil

      You used your context clues

    • http://twitter.com/MobotStudios James

      Might be smart for them to keep it exclusive at least for a while. Having done quite a bit of testing with WP8 and the unity engine I can pretty confidently say WP8 phones are very capable gaming devices. If they are ever gonna compete they could really use a solid IP to standout.

      • pajman sarafzadeh

        very true, they desperatly need something to get people to buy them. so far, sales have been horrible when compared to ios-android-bb

  • http://twitter.com/Rirath Rirath

    Funny, but I've never heard anyone describe the Halo FPS series as having an "open-y sort of sandbox feel", much less "nailing" it.

    • famousringo

      LOL, way back before MS bought Bungie, Halo was supposedly going to have open gameplay where players would pick missions in a persistent world. Maybe that's what Brad's thinking of?

  • acam333

    This has a better chance of being released on android than it does on ios. Fine by me though. I prefer android 100 times over any ios device and so does everyone who has used a decent android device and who isn't an ios fanboy.

    • basil


    • Maniacfive

      "ANYONE who has used an android device prefers it 100x over iOS."

      Good Android fanboy trolling there πŸ˜€

      • XboxOne

        wtf are you talking about troll? The iPhone 5 beats any Android.

      • acam333

        Nooooooooooo. Ios fanboy right there! Probably hasn't used an android device that is less than 5 years old so he doesn't know how good newer ones are. Maybe the iPhone 5 would be good but ios sucks an is featureless compared to android

      • XboxOne

        I've had the Galaxy Note 2 so I know. iOS has more exclusives and the OS is liquid smooth.

      • acam333

        But it is featureless. Completely featureless. And newer devices blow the note 2 away. I own an htc one and I had a note 2 and before that I had an iPhone 4S so I know.

      • acam333

        And nvidia tegra devices get a lot of exclusives that ios doesn't get. And as I said earlier, what good is an exclusive if it has crappy touch controls. The option to use a real game controller on android makes it a better option for gaming in my opinion.

      • acam333

        And stock android jelly bean is smoother than ios 6. Much smoother. The note 2 has samsung touchwiz so it is pretty leggy at times. I rooted mine back when I had it and gave it stock jelly bean and it was incredibly smooth and never lagged or stuttered on anything. And my htc one take that smoothness to a whole new level.

    • LordOfLetterbox

      Yeah right Troll..I have owned both platforms and piracy is much more wide spread on Android than it is on iOS. To side load APK's is simple on Android and iOS it at least requires a jailbreak and special knowledge of underground IPA sources. Why would any developer chose Android over iOS? Oh that's right they don't. So far the only major exclusive Android has in Ingress. I could list iOS exclusives for days. Good luck playing XCOM, Warhammer Quest, SWKOTOR, this summer on Android.

      • acam333

        At least on android you have game pad support and don't have to deal with crappy touch controls. Any serious gamer will agree that a real controller is much better than touch controls. And I am not an android fanboy. I like ios a lot actually and own several devices. I just feel as a gaming device android is a much more capable and better option.

      • acam333

        And have you ever tried side loading a DRM protected app? It doesn't work so well unless you have pretty good hacking skills and most major developers are using this method now which means it is just as hard for apps to be pirated on android than it is on ios.

      • http://iqsoup.com/ iqSoup

        Absolutely! Its not the technology--in that area they are actually pretty similar. Its that Droid just makes piracy so much easier than it is on iOS. There are other differences too of course, but this is the main one. The Droid OS just gives devs no protection at all. If they could fix that Droid would be much more attractive for devs. Sure, anything they do could be jail-broken or hacked in one way or another; but the average person typically doesn't mess with that stuff. If piracy is even a little difficult it'll preclude the majority of users.

    • Protoman

      Considering Apple and Msoft have jointly filed cases against Google in the past I'd say your probably full of crap on that statement. Msoft would certainly put a Halo game on IOS before a company they actively have litigation against. Perhaps some actual research before commenting next time would do you good.

    • JohnnyB82

      I am an android guy, but you are just full of total crap. The best android device vs the best iOS device isn't exactly a fair comparison. But I am sure your logic is exceptionally weak and even if I delve further into it you won't understand.

      -From a Nexus 7, Acer Iconia, and Note 2 user (and an ipad4).

      • acam333

        If you compare the tegra 4 vs the apple a6 or the a6x it blows it away. Look it up, the results aren't even fair. But I am sure your logic is exceptionally weak and even if I delve into it you wouldn't understand.

      • acam333

        And if you are comparing the other aspects other than the processor then the htc one is incredibly supperior to the iPhone 5. 5 inch full hd screen vs 4 inch "retina" not even hd display. Much better speakers, higher pixel density, a more open, customizable, and smoother OS, etc but once again I am sure your knowledge is exceptionally weak and even if I delve into it you wouldn't understand.

      • Sunshine

        Wow, it's amazing how little you know about phones, acam333. Are you sure you're posting in the right forum? There may be ones more suitable to your entry level skills.

      • acam333

        Wow it's amazing how little you know about phones! You are obviously an ios fanboy like a lot of other people on this forum. Maybe you should open up your mind and try something other than one of your overpriced, over restrictive, an featureless apple devices. You might realize it is better like many other people that have made the switch. Even cnet which worships apple products rates android jelly bean better than ios 6 and it rates the galaxy s4 and the htc one better than the iPhone 5. I wonder why? I know!!! Maybe because they are truly better products!!!!

      • Sunshine

        Aww, that's sweet acam333. It's good to be confident, and I'm happy that you're feeling big enough to be on the internet, and you'll totally get there some day soon!

        Do you have an older brother or sister that could help you out though? There's a lot you still need to learn about. Maybe you could ask your mom or dad to help you learn about phones and technology so that you can join in the fun properly?

        You've made a great start remembering all those big words. Keep at it!

      • acam333

        I'm a 27 year old grown man unlike you you f**kheaded teenage prick. I am married and I work in the technology business and have a successful job so I know more than you do about phones, I can guarantee you that. I don't need to ask my mom or dad about phones, they ask me about them because i am experianced in that field of knowledge, you probably just asked your parents about phones and they are probably just apple fanboys like you. And I need to like apple to join the fun? I have owned the iPhone 3Gs, iphone 4s, ipad 1, ipad 2, ipad 3, and ipad mini (which I returned about 2 days later because it sucked) , iPod touch 3rd gen, and an iPod touch 4th gen. So i believe I have had my fair share of ios products and while at first they where good back when they had no competition or when android was first released and was pretty crappy, that is no longer true. Android has evolved and gotten better while ios has......not changed much over 7 years. So I believe you have to open up your mind and try something other than an ios device to join the fun. Now sunshine, maybe you should go outside and get a little sunshine for once in your life and maybe being in the outside world, away from your parents basement, you will see what is actually good and what isn't. Have a nice day! I hope you feel like a bigger and better person now because you are so in love with apple! Why don't you go f**k Tim cook and create an isunshineshitpad mini retina nano 5s airbook pro or whatever else the next crappy apple device will be called and leave me alone. You can comment back on this and dislike it as many times as you f**king want but I'm not gonna see it because I have now realized how shallow minded and shitheaded people like you on these forums are and I'm done with the ios fanboy assholes that fill these toucharcade forums. You can all go shove your iPhones up your asses for all I care. It would probably be the closest thing to having sex you will ever do. Thanks for the great last 3 days toucharcade ios fanboy pricks! It was the most fun I have had seeing how restarted and close minded ios fanboys are. πŸ˜€ haha

      • Sunshine

        Aww, that's so cute! You should archive that so that you can read it when you're all grown up. You'll see then how funny it sounds πŸ™‚ I know your parents probably told you that you can't watch South Park yet because its "adult", but that doesn't mean that the people in South Park speak like adults!

        Keep at it kid, you'll get there someday. Meanwhile, you do seem passionate about gadgetry, and that's cool. Just be sure to educate yourself before you start earning money and spending it on great toys! Buyer's remorse (that's when someone feels bad about something they paid for) can be really horrible, and enough of that in a row can really ruin your mood! Good luck! ^_^

    • Dams

      That was such a great idea to open this android section on toucharcade.
      Who didn't see that kind of comments coming on this site after that ?

      Btw a game on windows doesn't means at all it will be ported on any other devices, especially if they used directX ...

    • Eseres

      Yeah, and everybody who have tried an IOS device will probably say its the best gaming device they ever had.
      Though, I must say I'll never ever EVER again touch anything with the name " Windows" on it.
      Switching from Windows to IOS was the best thing I ever did πŸ™‚

      • Karzay

        Good for you. So why are you both on this site if Windows is so much better?

      • themostunclean

        You should probably learn how to read before replying to comments. He was 100% supporting iOS you moron.

      • Karzay

        Thanks for the tip, the most unclean. I must have clicked on the wrong comment to reply. My mistake, Eseres.

      • themostunclean

        Sorry I put moron in there. I was having caffeine withdrawal.

      • dancj

        Stop being civil and start arguing again. This is the Internet dammit!

      • basil

        Where did acam go?

      • acam333

        I left because I have a social life unlike a lot of people. Not saying that you don't have a social life but a lot of people on these forums most likely don't.

      • dariusjr98

        Do us all a favor and just be quiet. Every comment you type just makes you look bad.

      • acam333

        Lol ios fanboy

      • acam333

        I will leave you ios fanboys to your selfs and let you enjoy your featureless, overpriced, outdated, and inferior devices. You can think what you think but me and the rest o the world that aren't ios fanboys will be laughing at your insolence and your stupidity and we will smile when we think of how people like you think ios is good while we use our more powerful, customizable, and feature rich devices. I mean really, apple may have once had a good smartphone, but their inability to continue innovating or even make their operating system better at all has lost them many customers including myself. So as you asked I will leave this forum and I will chuckle happily at how you ios fanboys fail to see the downsides to anything that has an apple logo on it. Even though there are more downsides than I can count. Now if you will excuse me, I am gonna go play some pokemon, Mario, Zelda, super smash bros, etc, on my android tablet, with my xbox controller, something apple will never allow their precious idevices to do. So say what you want, but really, I don't give a flying walrus what you think or say.

      • dariusjr98

        Having an opinion is one thing, but stating it like a dick by saying "Andriod is the best and anyone who likes iOS is an idiot" does not help your case. People like you, people who think that their opinion is the only right one and everyone else is wrong, make me sick. And you resorted to name calling. I didn't call you a thing, I just asked you to be quiet because you're making your self look bad, and you still are. Why are you even on this website? Fuck off.

      • Texazzpete

        When will you people remember that there's a difference between 'Windows' and 'Windows Phone'?

        You make it sound like you dumped your laptop or desktop for an iOS device.

    • araczynski

      Not everyone. I have a free android tablet (recent Samsung 10" something or other) and ipad4 from work, after 2 days of messing with the android I never went back to it, just didn't like it for some reason, capable device, just not for me. But am looking forward to playing this on the surface pro I got from work also.

      • acam333

        Well the galaxy tab 10.1 isn't exactly a high end device. It is a low end tablet. And it uses samsung a crappy touchwiz interface. Even I don't like certain android devices (like I said before, I'm not an android fanboy, I just like it better) higher end devices like the nexus 10 or transformer pad infinity blow the ipad away.

  • Maniacfive

    While windows phone 8 devices have seen a greater take up in sales in my shop of late, the buyers have been mainly oldies after their first smartphone and going with Nokia because they trust Nokia. They're pretty happy with windows phone 8 but I can't see any of them downloading many apps, and certainly not a Halo game.

    I agree that there's slim to zero chance this will never get ported to the other devices. While windows phone gamers do certainly exist, they're vastly outnumbered by their iOS and 'Droid comrades and given development costs I doubt the game would turn a profit even if every single one of the winpho8 gamers bought it.

    • NickyNichols

      I have a Nokia Lumia 920, and as a phone it is fantastic, however, the app selection is embarrassing. The top rated game is Treasures of Montezuma. And everyone is so excited because we are almost getting N.O.V.A. 3!

    • Texazzpete

      Shame you couldn't read the article and see where it mentioned that this is a Windows 8, RT and WP8 game. Same dev costs and it'll run on all 3 platforms. More than enough target audience using Windows 8.

      • Maniacfive

        My mistake for focusing on the mobile angle. Although, do gamers love windows 8 on the desktop? Last time I checked it sucked and was being slated from most sides. I wonder how many PC gamers will want to play a dual stick shooter on the desktop? The connection to Halo 4 is cool I suppose, but I was underwhelmed.

        This is a 'casual' game, and ignoring the biggest two 'casual' markets won't drive more customers to the platform that has it, they'll just shrug and find something else to play on platforms that are not short on choice.

      • Protoman

        Almost everyone I know has been avoiding Windows 8 like the plague as far as gaming on the PC goes.

  • iOSPeace

    I hope it gets ported to iOS. That would be a dream come true for all iOS people like me

  • BulkSlash

    On the one hand, I'm glad Microsoft are finally starting to get a clue about how to sell Windows 8. They need to put all their major games franchises onto mobile as exclusives if they want to have a chance in hell of overtaking iOS as the main mobile gaming platform. A few mobile versions of Forza, Gears, Fable, etc and they could really start to turn things around.

    On the other hand, it's shame this probably won't be coming to iOS, although as it's not really a "proper" Halo game I'm not as disappointed as if this had been a port of Combat Evolved or something.

  • Protoman

    I'm sorry...but the Halo series isn't open-world...have you actually played a halo game?

    • JohnnyB82

      Yeah the game is actually kind of on rails! Don't get me wrong I enjoyed them, but sandboxy/open? WTF was he smoking lol

      • bilboa

        Halo is definitely not on rails! It's not completely open world like say Skyrim, where you can head anywhere at any time in the game, but neither is it completely in rails. Usually at any given point you're in some area of the Halo world in which you can roam around freely, and when you complete whatever the objective is and reach some transfer point, you're taken to the next open area. So I'd say it's a cross between open world and on-rails, so the reviewer's description is fair.

      • QWERTYthebold

        I disagree. I played it, and it's completely on rails in every sense except in the literal term. You can walk around, but there's really nothing to do unless you continue on in the story. Sandbox Does Not Mean Free Movement. Sandbox is like gta. You can spend hours goofing around having fun while avoiding the story.

        From Wikipedia:
        An "open world" game does not necessarily imply a sandbox. In a true "sandbox", the player has tools to modify the world themselves and create how they play.

      • JohnnyB82

        I replied with something else because I read it wrong. But I disagree with your opinion. Its not an open world at all. Its all seperated into levels, there is no open terrain to travel and explore, and what is there isn't even 1/10th as open as nearly (or all) other open games (gta, skyrim, stalker and so on)

  • iValerio90

    oh....my.....god...i hope will be an ios version..f**k ea f**k gameloft f**k freemium

    • Protoman

      I'm sure Msoft will tap EA to port it to iOS. Lmao.

      • iValerio90

        yea...a FREE TO PLAY halo city builder or a f*****g freemium tetris halo themed

    • dariusjr98

      You try to put that phrase into everything you say?

      "I need to take a dump, f*ck Gameloft f*ck freemium."

      • iValerio90

        Il just warn people

      • dariusjr98

        It's not really a warning, you're just expressing your hate towards freemium games and Gameloft games, which is pretty invalid in this article since it won't be developed OR published by Gameloft, nor will it be free.

      • iValerio90

        I write what i want...and ill continue to do that

      • dariusjr98

        Whatever man, I never said to stop typing what you type, it's just entertaining because most of what you type is full of errors.

      • iValerio90

        Honestly i dont give a **** what a little kid can think. Sorry kid

      • dariusjr98

        At least this "little kid" knows how to type correctly.

      • dariusjr98

        Seriously, your grammar and vocabulary is bad.
        Really bad. Don't go insulting me when you have your own problems as well. I'm not a little kid.

  • Karzay

    "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." -Inigo Montoya

    Does anyone at TA know what a sandbox game is or what you to in an actual sandbox?

  • oldgamer dude

    This looks pretty damn cool , here's hoping it's coming to IOS .

  • whymikewhy

    This looks like a really high caliber duel stick shooter which is really needed right now for iOS. What would be even better; would be a game like this of similar quality with PVP and character growth and skill development system and a co op campaign. Either way, I'm really excited to see this game in action, and hopefully an iOS release in a foreseeable future!

  • Clashingskulls

    Dear (enter god of your choosing (or not),

    Please let Microsoft allow this game to appear in the App Store.


    • Karzay

      The god you are praying to is Microsoft. I will speak to him on your behalf. He says "No!" He thinks you should purchase an Windows 8 phone. He says all this while preforming pelvic thrusts in various directions. I'm... not really sure what it means. Ah! He told me what it means, but I'm not going to repeat it.

      On my! ...He is now doing something very, uhm, inappropriate to the Apple Logo while muttering something vulgar. Ok, now. Classy, Microsoft! Very classy. What's that about my mother? That's it.

      You are on your own, Clashingskulls. I'm not talking to this jerk anymore.

  • Adams Immersive

    Meanwhile I will cling to my out-of-print copy of Halo 1 for OS X!

  • flashbackflip

    Looks distantly similar to Killzone for PSP i was playing some years ago (maybe 5)

  • Bool Zero

    Wow, that looks awesome! I have been meaning to get a windows device anyway... Maybe this isa good enough motivation to act!

  • themostunclean

    Why would we want this when we have N.O.V.A.? It's soooo much better and isn't at all a cheap knockoff from a shallow, money-grubbing company that doesn't respect gamers.

    • Texazzpete

      Comparing a FPS game to a twin-stick shooter. Your idiocy is noted...I'm glad you didn't compare it to Plants vs zombies.
      As far as 'cheap knockoff' is concerned, you're daft. There's a video up there showing stellar production values, multiple hands-on by folks say it plays excellently. It's made by the same studio that made 'Halo 4'.

      • themostunclean

        I don't think you read that properly. I was slamming Gameloft, not Halo.

        I guess sarcasm is difficult for you to understand.

      • themostunclean

        In other words, there was no attempt at a legitimate comparison. I just took the opportunity to make fun of Gameloft.

        Kinda like you took the opportunity to be a d**khead.

  • famousringo

    Are people really clamouring for this game? It looks quality, sure, but has anybody ever actually said, "What iOS needs is another dual-stick shooter?"

    • Bool Zero

      No, but they do ask for a GOOD, high quality one which are few and far between. We all can say we have played many dual stick shooters, but I think we can all agree that there are only a handful of good ones and none that I can think of that looks this good!

  • DannyTheElite

    Getting this on my w8 PC soon.

  • wojovox

    They should keep it on Windows. They need all the leverage they can get. But if they make an iOS release, I'll pick it up.

  • jweevil

    I dont think it will..

  • MentatTir

    Awww...From the trailer it looks like Master Chief and Robotron had a baby.

  • cameron331

    "I'm going to go throw out my iphone/android and go buy a Windows phone just so I can play this!" - Said no one.

    • cameron331

      In all seriousness though, keeping it Windows phone exclusive is pretty smart...they might finally get their 100th customer!

    • jclardy

      Yeah...my thoughts exactly. If this was on iOS/Android they could make a ton of new money on the franchise, but keeping it on Windows Phone just means only a few people will play it.

      Also...TA says Windows 8 tablets, I would hope that includes Windows RT tablets as they likely have no games to play...

  • Ryan

    "Xbone" really?

    • xzeldax3

      That's one of the more popular names for the new Xbox.

  • cameron.ghering

    Hasn't Microsoft already released a couple games for IOS? A Halo game making its way to IOS is a possibility considering the potential profit for Microsoft if it is released on IOS. And it'd make me extremely happy. FINGERS CROSSED.

  • Adrian Werner

    Anyone who thinks this will come to iOS or Android is simply delusional. This is exclusive made to sell Windows 8 and WP8 devices. If they need to make more money from it, the game will be ported to Xbox One and Windows 7, not to competing systems.

    • http://iqsoup.com/ iqSoup


  • Googlyhead

    I do like Halo, but I wouldn't get anything running win8 just for one game! Not only that, but Halo4 was slightly lacking, indicating to me that an essential ingredient is Bungie.
    I'm not saying I wouldn't pick it up if it came out on iOS; but the good times for Halo are over; I'm looking forwards to Destiny and not Halo5, where I previously would have shown interest in both.

  • http://www.yepiclip.com/ yepi

    Thanks for this great post that you share to us

  • David Villanueva

    Yeah, I wouldn't count on this coming out on iOS at all. Would be like expecting Halo 4 to come out on PS3.

  • pajman sarafzadeh

    i see this as a windows exclusive. so it should sell about 4 copies.

  • Plang Fu

    Hard to tell but doesn't this look a bit more like Halo Wars than any of the Halo FPS titles?

  • jForsythe

    Looks good so good infact that I would pay double that there asking if it was brought to the ipad 4.

  • renzy18

    I really hoped they port Halo to IOS (Unlikely) but we can only hope and pray for miracle for it to happen and we need more game porting like Halo to come to IOS combined with MFI controllers we have heck of Gaming mobile competition πŸ˜€ hope we have alternative or something wish they port original Rachet and clank game instead of a runner game