Microsoft has announced that they will be launching a mobile version of the popular Halo franchise available for use on Windows Phone powered smartphones.
Whereas earlier attempts at major sci-fi franchises had offered little more than access to guides and stats, Halo Spartan Assault offers much more than this. It is a fully playable game and Microsoft hopes to emulate the success that the franchise brought its Xbox games console by releasing it only on Windows Phone 8 powered handsets.
The game differs to others in the series, but it has been developed specifically for use on mobile phones. The limited screen size means that developers 343 Industries and Vanguard Games have opted for a top down shooter instead of the usual first person view. It will inevitably involve shooting, killing, and blowing stuff up, which is of course no bad thing.
The game itself takes place between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4 and Microsoft has said that it will cost $6.99, or less than a fiver, when it is released. The price doesn’t sound too bad considering the title should be well polished, familiar to us all, and generous in the weapons and explosions department. However, the company has also announced that it will offer additional in-app purchases for those gamers that wish to upgrade their arsenal and armour so you may have to fork out a few pound more if you want to enjoy everything the game has to offer.
If you do buy Halo: Spartan Assault on your mobile and link it to your Xbox Live account you will be able to earn achievements and unlockables for your player in Halo 4.
Clearly, the trend away from desktops and laptops towards mobile devices has woken the sleeping giant that is Microsoft. They are late to the party but will Halo: Spartan Assault help them forge a new path into the smartphone world?