'Halo: Spartan Assault' heading to all Windows 8 devices next month

By Shawn Knight
Jun 4, 2013
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  1. Microsoft on Tuesday announced plans to bring the Halo franchise to all Windows 8 devices next month. The new game is called Halo: Spartan Assault and is said to take place between Halo 3 and Halo 4 with top-down style...

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TechSpot Maniac Posts: 1,116   +228

    Halo will be looking at a record breaking 1000-2000 sales due to it being on ONLY windows 8 and phone 8 as a gamer will never go for windows 8 for gaming its well known and logical so good going guys good way to cripple your games reach always thinking about your customers just like microsoft well done well done indeed!
  3. treeski

    treeski TechSpot Guru Posts: 870   +129


    This is a laughable comment. Microsoft needs to create exclusive content as ADDED incentive for customers to consider their products.
    m4a4 likes this.
  4. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,177   +511

    Glad I got a surface pro, plus remember the windows 8 App Store is on windows desktops, so hopefully it will be there.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,823   +1,435

    So true, I find the whole concept of Microsoft needing extra incentive laughable. Yeah I know thats not what you meant, what you meant I found laughable.
    Anything worth having wouldn't need extra incentive to make a sell. I wouldn't have Windows 8, if they offered the entire Steam library as incentive. And from what I can tell, the reasons why I'm reluctant are not changing in 8.1 either
    ghasmanjr likes this.
  6. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TechSpot Maniac Posts: 899   +52

    They could release Halo Wars for the pc while they are at it.
  7. treeski

    treeski TechSpot Guru Posts: 870   +129

    It's your choice to buy Windows 8 or not, I couldn't care less. But, "Anything worth having wouldn't need extra incentive to make a sell" makes no sense. Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 obviously have some worth to many people, and adding exclusive content is an attempt to increase that worth.
    coppersloane and spectrenad like this.
  8. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,846   +887

    Actually, the largest adopters of Windows 8, and any other new Windows OS are the enthusiasts. Some like it, some dont. This is quite an ignorant comment.
    spectrenad likes this.
  9. RH00D

    RH00D TechSpot Addict Posts: 395   +102

    It's always funny when (insert current Windows release) haters come out acting as if they speak for all Windows users.

    I bought Windows 8 for desktop and am overall satisfied with it and look forward to this game as it may also be a sign that Microsoft could finally start bringing the triple-A Halo releases back to Windows, although that may be a bit optimistic.

    Also, companies use exclusive content all the time for incentive to buy something, even in other industries.

    Examples: On PC, Valve's games are exclusive to Steam. A lot of EA games are now exclusive to Origin. Halo has become exclusive to Xbox... Gran Turismo and Metal Gear Solid have been exclusive to Playstation. Up until recently BBM was exclusive to Blackberry phones, etc, etc.
  10. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,177   +511

    I like windows 8... I bought windows 8 pro and installed it on my desktop and its been fine. A little annoying to learn the new shortcuts and far cry 3 was being stupid on it. It's been fast an efficient as far as I could see. I've spent time messing and playing with it a lot. I personally like it but it does have room for improvement.
    coppersloane and RH00D like this.
  11. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,493   +303

    And so, the slow and probably painful death of the Halo franchise is apon thee, it was a good run, but now it's time for Microsoft to run it into the ground. I wonder if they'll kill it quicker than Activision is with CoD.
     
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,823   +1,435

    The idea of an OS itself being worth more, if it comes with a game is absurd. I don't know about you but a game will never sway my desire to purchase an OS or Phone. I really wouldn't understand anyone making the statement "Halo for free! Damn I need a new Phone.".
  13. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,450   +619

    "What?s more, Microsoft said they plan to add support for wired versions of the Xbox 360 controller for PCs and tablets shortly after launch via a software update."

    Using wireless controllers is an option too, with a USB wireless dongle for PC.
  14. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,285   +232

    I'm beginning to suspect that Microsoft has some kind of physical block from letting them learn from past missteps. Otherwise, they would remember when Vista launched to a lackluster (or downright negative) reception, and they pushed out their "DX10 exclusive" titles under the "Games for Windows" blanket. Then seemed baffled as to why there wasn't a big upswing in Vista sales as gamers ran out to immediately upgrade their OS just to play them, and the sales of those exclusive titles suffered early on. The parallels are a bit uncanny.
  15. Mikymjr

    Mikymjr TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 126   +7

    One would think that they would at least try and get halo3 and onwards, to work on windows8. Probably not -_-(fail)
  16. theBest11778

    theBest11778 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 151   +32

    The good news is with the Xbox One being x86/x64, when they release the Anniversary, or HD, upgraded versions of Halo 3 on up, so people with Xbox One can actually play them, it would make no sense NOT to bring them to PC.
  17. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TechSpot Booster Posts: 956   +96

    Enthusiasts? Since when?
  18. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TechSpot Booster Posts: 956   +96

    I still hate Microsoft for not releasing all the Halo games on the PC.
    coppersloane likes this.
  19. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,661   +57

    Its funny most smart phone have more powerful cpus then a xbox 360, def have more ram, idk about video card
  20. gamoniac

    gamoniac TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 215   +46

    For $6.99, Halo fans will jump on it. Non-halo fans will pass. It will provided W8 with exclusivity, no surprise there. So, what is the big fuzz with all the critics? Not a wrong move, just an expected one, IMO.
  21. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TechSpot Booster Posts: 363   +86

    Halo Wars is the equivalent to the Star Wars Christmas Special: the producers wish they could take every copy of it and set them on fire.
  22. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,970   +729

    Windows 8 only? Wow. So they should sell about 50 copies of the game. Awesome.
  23. treeski

    treeski TechSpot Guru Posts: 870   +129


    Every extra feature and every extra app add worth. It's not that someone will choose Windows strictly because of Halo, it's that someone will choose Windows because of Halo + everything else it offers. A LOT of people love the Xbox Live gaming network, and I guarantee that many people are excited about being able to play Xbox Live games on their PCs... but of course MS needs a solid range of games to offer.

    Oh, and what's the biggest strength iOS has? Number of apps and availability of apps prior to other OSes.
  24. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,823   +1,435

    Don't underestimate Windows 8 users, I'd say at least 51. :)
    Burty117 and Skidmarksdeluxe like this.
  25. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,970   +729

    Amen to that.


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