Microsoft has announced that Halo franchise continues with "Halo: Spartan Assault". Available in July for $6.99, only for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, "Halo: Spartan Assault" brings "Halo's" storytelling, action, audio and graphics to touch-based devices in a top-down view gameplay. Here are the details on the upcoming new Halo title:
Developed by 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games, "Halo: Spartan Assault" is a top-down, action shooter that provides an accessible, pick-up-and-play experience for "Halo" fans and newcomers. It uses an intuitive and simple control scheme that combines touch with console-like controls, and there's also the flexibility to use a mouse and keyboard on Windows 8 PCs and tablets.
Set between "Halo 3" and "Halo 4," "Halo: Spartan Assault" gives you control of either Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis on 25, action-packed single-player missions featuring battles never before seen in the "Halo" universe.
Equipment load outs can be customized with "Halo's" iconic arsenal of armor abilities and weapons, including the Magnum, Assault Rifle, Spartan Laser and more. Fan-favorite vehicles, such as the Wraith, Scorpion, Ghost and Grizzly, can also be commandeered to even the odds against the Covenant onslaught.
"Halo: Spartan Assault's" campaign is developed for replayability, with competitive leaderboards, weekly challenges, difficulty modifier Skulls, and more than 40 earnable in-game Achievements and Medals. You can even progress your Spartan Career in "Halo 4" by playing "Halo: Spartan Assault" to gain experience points (XP), all-new Achievements and emblems, and more integration features will become available after launch.
Not only will be additional in-game content be available through the Microsoft Store in the months following launch, but 343 Industries has also teamed up with Dark Horse Comics to create a separate, three-part comic series, "Halo: Initiation." "Halo: Initiation" reveals how Commander Sarah Palmer became a Spartan-IV and connects directly with the events of "Halo: Spartan Assault."