Microsoft And 343 Announce New Halo Game Spartan Strike, A Follow-Up To Spartan Assault For Windows Devices And PC

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Oct 15, 2014 12:42 PM EDT

Microsoft has announced Halo: Spartan Strike, another top-down shooter for Windows 8 tablets, phones, and PC.

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As reported by IGN, Spartan Strike is a follow-up (not a straight sequel) to Spartan Assault, and will be available on December 12 for $5.99. The Steam version of the game is separate from the others, but buying it for a Windows platform will unlock the game for you on Windows tablets, smartphones, and Windows Phone--complete with Xbox Live achievements.

Spartan Strike is being developed by 343 Industries, the current guardians of the Halo franchise and the studio behind the upcoming Master Chief Collection and Halo 5. Tie-in rewards for the MCC are planned, along with weekly challenges and leaderboards to accompany the achievements. The video below, narrated by 343 producer Fred LaPorte, shows off the gameplay improvements and upgrades that Spartan Strike will offer over Spartan Assault.

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Spartan Assault received generally mixed reviews, so hopefully the improvements in Spartan Strike make a significant impact. The twin stick, top-down gameplay is of course quite a bit different than the traditional Halo experience, but there's a formula in there for success--judge the game footage below for yourself.

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