Halo Spartan Strike Release Date Delayed: 343 Pushes Launch Back Until Early 2015 To Focus On Fixing The Master Chief Collection

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Dec 05, 2014 03:31 PM EST

It looks like the online issues with Halo: The Master Chief Collection are affecting more than one game.

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343 Industries has announced the delay of Halo: Spartan Strike, a title set for impending release on Windows 8 devices. The game was originally ready for launch in one week, on December 12, but has now been pushed back until the new year.

343 cites The Master Chief Collection's matchmaking and service issues as the cause of the delay in a post on Halo Waypoint, explaining that the team's attention must be currently focused on the massive console title:

"Earlier this year, we announced Halo: Spartan Strike, our latest touch-based top-down shooter for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Steam, will be available on Dec. 12. While we're excited about this all-new Halo experience, our commitment to resolving the current matchmaking issues in Halo: The Master Chief Collection remains the top priority.

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"As a result, we have decided to move the release of Halo: Spartan Strike to early 2015. We can't wait to show you more of Halo: Spartan Strike early next year."

As a title for Windows 8 devices, Spartan Strike is available for any device running the OS--whether it be a PC, Windows Phone 8, or a Windows tablet. Given how close to launch the title was, it's presumably about ready for release when 343 settle the major issues with The Master Chief Collection, so don't expect the new date to be too far into the new year.

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