Halo Spartan Assault gets an epic mobile Windows sale next week, plus a Steam release

We don’t talk about Red Stripe Deals much anymore, but next week’s sale game is too hot not to celebrate. Major Nelson has just announced that the Windows Phone and Windows 8 versions of Halo: Spartan Assault will go on sale for $1.99 from April 3-9. The tablet and phone versions of Spartan Assault usually go for seven bucks apiece, making next week the prime time to scoop one or both of them up.

Halo: Spartan Assault is a twin-stick shooter based on the popular Halo franchise. Microsoft really seems to be pushing the game right now. The Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions have just dropped to $9.99 each (probably permanently), and the Steam version of the game will debut next week as well. More details after the break!

The Halo: Spartan Assault hierarchy

Windows Phone version

Spartan Assault first debuted on Windows Phone and Windows 8 last summer. Microsoft kind of bungled the US release of the Windows Phone version by making it a timed exclusive to Verizon. Non-Verizon customers had to download from other regions or just wait things out. Thankfully the exclusivity window ended and everyone can get it now.

If you were going to get only one or the other, I highly recommend Windows 8 over Windows Phone. The Windows Phone version suffers from absolutely terrible touch controls that never got fixed with an update. The Windows 8 version’s touch controls aren’t great either, but it supports both Xbox 360 controllers and mouse and keyboard as well. So at least that version offers superior control options for people who desire them. See our review for a full comparison.

Xbox One co-op mode

The Xbox One version followed on Christmas Eve. The big-screen version added a new online co-op mode (sadly without local multiplayer). It started out a bit buggy, but a recent patch set things mostly in order. Thanks to the online mode, best graphical performance, 1,000 Gamerscore of Achievements, and automatic controller support, the Xbox One version is the one to get.

 Just this January, the Xbox 360 version followed its Xbox One brother. The 360 version (the only one I haven’t played) is feature identical to the Xbox One game, except with only 400 Gamerscore for its Achievements. Both versions launched at $14.99, a too-high price for what essentially amounts to a moderately-budgeted phone game with a few odd design choices. The new price of $9.99 is more appropriate for a game of Spartan Assault’s scope.

Xbox One co-op mode

All four of the aforementioned versions of Halo: Spartan Assault share progress via cloud saves. When you load up one game after having played another, you’ll find your credits and experience transfer seamlessly. The actual process of beating levels and completing challenges must be repeated on each game, but that’s part of the fun. And each one offers its own Achievement list, so Achievement hunters will certainly find it worthwhile to pick up one or more versions of this Halo.

The Windows Phone and Windows 8 versions of Spartan Assault will be on sale for $1.99 from Thursday, April 3-Wednesday the 9th. Here are Store links for each version (current pricing reflected) to make things easier:

  • Halo: Spartan Assault – Windows Phone 8 – 716 MB – $6.99 – Store Link
  • Halo: Spartan Assault – Windows 8 and RT – 1,078 MB – $6.99 – Store Link (opens in new tab)
  • Halo: Spartan Assault – Xbox One – 2.53 GB – $9.99 – Store Link (opens in new tab)
  • Halo: Spartan Assault – Xbox 360 – 2.18 GB – $9.99 – Store Link (opens in new tab)

Full Steam ahead

Steam screenshot

Non-Microsoft enthusiasts complained loudly when Halo: Spartan Assault debuted on Windows 8 but not Windows 7. Those haters can soon stop hatin’ because the Windows 7 version of Spartan Assault will at last launch next week on Valve’s popular Steam digital distribution platform.

The Steam version of Spartan Assault contains the same content as the Windows 8 game, meaning it lacks the console versions’ online co-op mode. As for Xbox Live cloud integration and Achievements, those seem unlikely as they don’t appear on the game’s Steam store page. We’ll know for sure when it launches on Friday, April 4.

Source: @majornelson 1, 2

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  • Pity its just one game, what have all those game studios Microsoft created been doing?
  • Age of Empires ;)
  • I wish
  • So do I; They definitely were not doing Age of Empires, more like ruining the AOE franchise by shutting down Age of Empires Online.  
  • Phil Spencer dissolved them all. I miss Shane Kim.
  • Mmm steam release omg they going to allow games on steam unlike ea this will be good!
  • The Steam release shows to me that Microsoft is serious about PC gaming and is willing to sell on a 'comoetitors' platform to achieve success. Same with Office for iPad. 
  • I don't think releasing a small game like Spartan Assault on Steam shows any serious interest in PC gaming, just a way to make a little extra money off of the game. Which isn't bad. I just don't think MS will be interested in releasing any nig games on PC.
  • With direct x 12 it will
  • Since Microsoft has recently noted that they are going to be more serious about PC gaming in the future, I see this as the beginning of that commitment. Now the 50% of PC users that use Windows 7(or even Windows Vista!) have access to a very fun Halo game.
  • I'll believe it only if they bring Halo 3 and 4 for PC. And maybe Gears of War too.
  • How great would that be? The thing is, they know with a franchise like Halo, they could make TONS of money on a game, even if it's a PC exclusive. If they were to release 3 and 4 as PC games with Xbox achievements and online multiplayer, they could sell many copies.
  • will windows phone 8.1 allow me to just pay once for the same apps on WP and windows 8?
  • I don't think so. Certainly not with this particular game.
  • How about if I own the Windows 8 version and want to play on Windows 7, will they at least offer a discount to those who own the Win8 game already? What about multiplayer for the Win8 and Steam versions?
  • You'd have to ask Microsoft. I don't think they plan to add multiplayer to the Windows 8 version. So far no non-Gameloft Xbox Windows 8 games have true online multiplayer. A discount on the Windows 7 version seems unlikely, but I'm sure it will go on sale sometimes as most Steam games do.
  • Not yet on 8.1, rumors and speculations say it's gonna be a 2015 thing.
    Edit: Of course it *could be*, but no one really thinks so.
  • Wish I could sell mine. Bought it for wp a few weeks ago but I can't deal with the controls. Uninstalled it.
  • Gotta read our reviews before buying, man. ~ ~
  • Which is why I got the X1 version. :)
  • I bought it for WP and also stopped playing because of the controls. I then purchased it for my Xbox 360 thinking the achievements carried over. They don't! At least the game is playable with a controller. At least I'll have one completion.
    : ( Nobody pays me in gum.
  • Will it be faster?
  • Yes, seems faster.
  • Steins Gate on PC comes out next week and Halo:SA comes out along that week. This is going to be a good April :)
  • Its not April yet :P.
  • Silly me I meant next week. Anyone who's picking up this game, there will be steam trading cards for it and I hope it's will have global leaderboards unlike the windows 8 version. Xbox version has it although.
  • But...but...it's not on Mac! :P
  • Nobody buys a Mac to play games. ;)
  • ;)
  • Games are one area in which windows absolutely kills any other OS. Attempts are being made against this (SteamOS anyone?) but it's gonna stay this way for quite some time.
  • Nobody should buy a Mac for anything, they're total shit.
  • You forgot to add they're way overpriced.
  • I don't know if anyone is with me here, but I just can't see paying that much money for a game on my phone.  That's insane to me.
  • So don't buy it. I did and on w8 and Xbox one. Next steam :D then I have it EVERYWHERE!!!! And wp8
  • Ever heard of a concept called a "sale"? I bought it for WP on sale and then for doing so Microsoft gives a discount on buying it (again) for their other platforms.
  • Damn. Too many choices!
  • Do what I do; get 'em all! (Then again, maybe I'm not the best role model....)
  • I bought it on sale for WP8 a while ago and still haven't got around to finishing it. Too many timed missions and escort missions, and the vehicle controls are awful. Plus the IAP for consumables of course.
  • The consumable items are never necessary to beat a mission though. You can even buy them with soft currency now. But I feel ya on the controls.
  • There a good chance, iap wouldn't make it to Steam release since only free to play steam games has it. (I think)
  • I can't take Microsoft seriously at all in regard to PC gaming anymore. Not after they went and stabbed the original Spartan Assault playerbase in the back by releasing a Windows Exclusive title on Xbox with Xbox exclusive content, content which the Windows playerbase has been denied.
  • +1 Microsoft has been f-ing around with PC gamers ever since the first Xbox came out, still remember how they screwed over the Midtown Madness player base with the 3rd installment of an established PC game being an Xbox exclusive; I would like to kick the shit out of the person behind this every time I think about it, even now more than a decade later.    
  • Does it have Cortana? It should... :p
  • I'm gettin dat fo sho
  • Just in time for my birthday! Looks like I'll be getting a new W8 game :)
  • someone please explain steam 2 me.... oh and while your at it how can they have MS products and can they just go get halo 4 ?
  • Steam is a desktop application on windows which has a whole bunch of games which you buy from their personal store, or play demos, send gift purchases, and there are TONS of great deals on good games. All these are optimized for gaming on PC specifically. Very very good platform for gaming if you are a serious gamer (try out team fortress 2 as your first game, it's a free fun fps!). And as for MS products I think this is just MS releasing this game specifically by optimizing it for steam (i.e. PC gaming). And Halo 4 would again have to be up to MS. 
  • Oh and not to mention that most of the top titles you know (and many many more) are probably out on steam as well.
  • One thing i still don't understand is why in the hell doesn't Microsoft sell full pc games on the windows 8 store
  • Not sure if anyone else has brought this up, BUT if you haven't checked your XBL messages from MS you can download the trial of H:SA and then launch the game, and MS gives you a special deal of $4.99. I've seen it work for XB360 not sure of XB1 though. Even if u haven't gotten the msg, given it a try; if it doesn't work, well it was worth a shot (it just worked for me).
  • I would definitely buy a halo wars 2 game on windows phone! That would be EPIC!
  • I'm surprised by the Steam release. Why validate a competitor like that? It could be released for Windows 7 without using Steam.
  • Because Steam is the only place where Windows 7 games really sell. It's what PC players use.
  • I haven't had any issues with the touch interface of the windows phone version.
  • On a side note about deals, Spectral Souls is currently on red stripe deals. Just sharing to anyone who might find this interesting. Because on Indonesia region, it does not featured in the main page of store (unlike the US region, even though it still discounted). Maybe other regions also has similar traits.
  • Yes, I was wondering about it. Is it a good game? Have you played it?
  • Spectral Souls is a very good game, and it even supports MOGA controllers. Check out our previous stories for more details.
  • I just bought it yesterday (and exactly because it's on red stripe deals, since I don't really have fortune left to buy the full price) and haven't download it yet. So I don't know the detail. But according to many review, this game is worth it (either by review page or my friend's comment after he play it on his iPhone). I need to keep my 520 storage clean so maybe if I had additional fortune, I can buy this Spartan Assault too. I decided to download Spectral Souls after dev preview of 8.1 available so I can try whether I can install this game on SD card instead.
  • Bought it have finished playing it, loved it and flaunts it in front of my android friends anyway Paul any news on any new Microsoft xbox games coming to WP in the near future? They have only released a Candy crush like Tetris game called Throne Together this year so far.
  • Microsoft is publishing a new WP version of Hexic in the near future. Beyond that, we don't know.
  • Ok, thanx
  • Wow you just said this yesterday and Hexic was released the same day late wow...even though I am still laughing at our phrase of 'near future' who could have thought that means today evening! Lol.. WP 8.1 to release in the near future. Lol
  • If I only had more storage...
  • So glad I never went ahead and bought it for my 2520...£4.99 is a little steep considering the space sacrifice! RT really needs to allow me fully utilize my 64gb class 10 micro sd!!! Hopefully when the new wp update comes, more games can be shared and synced...that would be awesome!
  • Can you play co-op multiplayer on the windows 8 versions with a other persons that has windows 8?
  • As stated in the article, only the Xbox One and 360 versions have multiplayer.
  • It still shows up as $6.99 in the Windows store