Microsoft Announces Halo: Spartan Assault

Halo: Spartan Assault

Microsoft has announced a brand new “Halo” game exclusively for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Titled Halo: Spartan Assault, the top-down game is set between the events of Halo 3 and 4 and focuses on Commander Sarah Palmer’s journey from UNSC Marine to a Spartan soldier.

As with other twin-stick shooters, Halo: Spartan Assault hinges on maneuvering your character out of harm’s way while aiming and firing back in 360 degrees. The game retains controllable vehicles, established franchise weapons (see: canon canons), and covenant enemies, but moves the perspective to high above the battlefield and replaces the controls with a touch-screen interface. It’s obviously more simplistic than Halo proper, and certainly more likely to be mentioned in an article with Microsoft’s range of Surface tablets.

Microsoft has announced a brand new “Halo” game exclusively for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Titled Halo: Spartan Assault, the top-down game is set between the events of Halo 3 and 4 and focuses on Commander Sarah Palmer’s journey from UNSC Marine to a Spartan soldier.

As with other twin-stick shooters, Halo: Spartan Assault hinges on maneuvering your character out of harm’s way while aiming and firing back in 360 degrees. The game retains controllable vehicles, established franchise weapons (see: canon canons), and covenant enemies, but moves the perspective to high above the battlefield and replaces the controls with a touch-screen interface. It’s obviously more simplistic than Halo proper, and certainly more likely to be mentioned in an article with Microsoft’s range of Surface tablets.

Described as a “twin-stick” shooter, tablet players will control movement with the left side of their screen and fire their weapons with the right side. Developed by 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games.

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