Halo: Spartan Assault now live: Offering in-game Halo 4 content

By Prarthito Maity , Updated Jul 19, 2013 08:48 AM EDT

Halo: Spartan Assault is now live. 343 Industries and Vanguard Games have released Halo: Spartan Assault, and according to Microsoft, the game will be supported on Windows 8-operated PCs, tablets, and Windows Phone 8 devices.

The mobile version of the game, which will only be available on Verizon Wireless until August 16, requires 1GB RAM on Windows Phone 8 devices. However, the version made for Windows Phone 8 devices, only requiring 512MB RAM will be out later this August. The companies are yet to release a probable release date for the game in other regions.

“With millions of franchise fans worldwide, Microsoft and 343 Industries today revealed an all-new way for gamers to experience ‘Halo’ this time, you can do it on Windows 8 devices. Available this July for $6.99 only on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, ‘Halo: Spartan Assault’ is the first top-down action shooter that brings a ‘Halo’ video game to touch-based devices. Developed by Vanguard Games in conjunction with 343 Industries, ‘Halo: Spartan Assault’ provides an accessible, pick-up-and-play experience for fans and newcomers alike,” the official page states.

The top-down twin-stick-controlled shooter is set “between the events of ‘Halo 3’ and ‘Halo 4,’ and “explores the first missions of the Spartan Ops program and dives deeper into the backstory of Human-Covenant wars. Play through the eyes of either Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis stationed aboard the UNSC Infinity as they fight in never-before-seen battles against Covenant forces.”

The game has 25 unique missions for players to participate in, with Halo 4 rewards providing motivation for completing the game. Players can get bonus experience, alongside new Spartan emblems from Spartan Assault. There is also an in-app store for buying extras for the game as well.

The single player in-game experience allows the player to compete against friends in leaderboards or hone their skills with weekly challenges. Moreover, fans can replay those missions to collect more than 40 in-game Achievements and Medals.

Additionally, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, 343 Industries' latest live-action web series for Halo 4, has received an Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Main Title Design. The series is currently up against FX's American Horror Story: Asylum, Starz's Da Vinci's Demons, CBS's Elementary, HBO's The Newsroom, and History's Vikings.

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