Halo: Spartan Assault is inspired by classic arcade shooters like Robotron and Total Carnage, referred to as a top-down twin-stick shooter. It was produced by 343 Industries and Vanguard Games and will be out in July for Windows 8 devices and priced at $6.99.
The game is optimized for touch devices, but XBox 360 controller support for the PC will be added a couple weeks after launch, and of course a mouse and keyboard can be used on the PC as well.
The game's story places it between Halo 3 & 4, focusing on Commander Sarah Palmer's rise from ODST to Spartan. There are 25 missions, set as simulations of past battles against the Covenant, that span multiple mission types, such as protection, escort, survival, and seek & destroy.
In the new game, you'll be able to customize your loadout with primary and secondary weapons, grenades, and toggle skulls and boosters. You'll earn experience points and achievements as you fight through the missions, unlocking new abilities and weapons, some brand new to the series.
There will be in-app purchases, if you wish to avoid the grind, you can speed up your training, buy boosts, unique weapons and armor, and more.
So far, the game is only coming to Windows 8 devices, no mention of support for Live Arcade or other mobile devices has been made yet.
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Dark Horse Comics will also be releasing a three-part comic that follows Sarah Palmer's rise to Spartan as well to tie into the new game, called: Halo: Initiation.
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