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Halo: Spartan Assault revealed for Windows Phone and Windows 8, we go hands-on

Halo Spartan Assault announced for Windows Phone and Windows 8, we go handson

Between the Xbox One, Steven Spielberg’s latest TV project and the approach of E3, fans have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of a new Halo game. 343 Industries has heard their pleas, but its answer is somewhat unexpected — the next game in the legendary franchise isn’t for Microsoft’s next-generation game console, but for the company’s mobile and tablet platforms. Built specifically for Windows Phone and touch-enabled Windows 8 devices, Halo: Spartan Assault hopes to offer the essence of Halo in a portable format. Engadget stopped in at the game’s launch event to take a look.

“In a nutshell, it’s a top-down twin stick arcade-style action shooter,” explained Dan Ayoub, executive producer at 343 Industries. “Really, a brand new way to play Halo.” Ayoub told us that the game was designed to push the limits of phone and tablet graphics, stressing the Halo franchise’s history as a trailblazer on Microsoft platforms. “We wanted this to be no exception,” he said, inviting journalists at the event to try the game for themselves. We picked up a nearby Surface Pro slate and tucked in.

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