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Halo: Spartan Strike is out for Windows Phone, Windows 8.1 and iOS [Update]

Update 2: The Windows Phone version is now also live in the Windows Phone Store.

Update: Halo: Spartan Strike is now out for Windows 8.1 in the Windows Store (opens in new tab), but there's still no sign of the Windows Phone version.

Original story: After several months of waiting, Microsoft has finally released the top-down sci-fi shooter sequel Halo: Spartan Strike. The bad news is that the title, from developer Vanguard Games, is available first on iOS devices, ahead of its promised release for Windows Phone, Windows 8.1 and Steam platforms.

Microsoft first announced the game in October as an exclusive for those platforms for a release in December 2014. However, the company later announced a delay in the game's launch to "early 2015" because Microsoft and Halo's main developer 343 Industries needed to concentrate their efforts to fix the matchmaking issues in the Xbox One game Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Microsoft last told us on March 31 that they "don't have any updates" on Halo: Spartan Strike. Clearly, something has changed since iOS users can now get the game, along with its predecessor Halo: Spartan Assault, which was released for Windows Phone, Windows 8.1 and Steam in 2013.

We have contacted Microsoft to try to get another update on the status of Halo: Spartan Strike for Windows platforms. In the meantime you can get the game from the iOS App Store (opens in new tab) right now for $5.99. That's also the same price for the iOS version of Halo: Spartan Assault (opens in new tab) or you can get both games in a bundle for $9.99 (opens in new tab).

159 Comments
  • Queue the conspiracy theorists and doom mongers...
  • Everyone just wait! It may take time to upload to WP, give it a sec before you bombard the crap out of Microsoft. Seriously, the complaining gets old. It happens
  • The Microsoft exclusives moving to other platforms is getting annoying…
  • http://news.xbox.com/2015/04/games-halo-spartan-strike-launch   "Halo: Spartan Strike Launches Today on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iPhone, iPad and Steam"
  • So not for Android. Hmmmmm.  
  • lol no android!
  • Punch on our fans faces!
  • iPhone now. Windows SOON. Is it really that tough to develop for Windows?
  • No its that Microsoft doesn't even have faith in its own platform...
  • You guys can wipe that egg off your faces now.
  • Well now you look like an idiot don't you
  • even msft cares less about WP ... I find android has better app experience of MSFT products .. 
  • Exactly.. My woes for OneNote
  • A game 'exclusive' to Microsoft products comes out first on the bandwagoned iphone, while Microsoft users, have to wait What makes my Windows Phone different from the other type of phones? Only difference I know is that the windows phone doesn't have s#!t in the app store.
  • Windows Phone doesn't have craps in the Store? No, it does. A lot.
  • Seriously Microsoft, what the actual ######! That's it, this proves to me Microsoft won't invest on their own platforms but rather where the fat pig is. If Steven Sinofsky, you know the ex head of Windows, was always a closeted iOS lover, I can't imagine the rest of the masses…
  • Read the article thoroughly.
  • About Vanguard Games being the developer? What about it?
  • There's always a reason so lets wait
  • Appropriate response, Windows Phone is in reality Waiting Phone.....
  • Oh and there it is, available now...
  • Dude its out on wp and win8.1, stop acting like a child. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • 1) Look at the time I posted that (it hadn't been released at the time I posted) 2) I'm not complaining about Spartan Strike being out for iOS first, I couldn't care less about that. It's the exclusive being non-existent anymore in Windows Phone, thus not giving a reason for potential users moving to Windows Phone, thus not allowing Windows Phone grow in user numbers, thus not giving developers a reason to support Windows Phone… 3) I'm not acting like a child, I'm acting like an upsetted Windows customer for so many years and putting up to this kind of coorporate decisions.
  • It too SEVEN minutes to get it on wp.
  • ?
  • Ofc its ahead on iOS
  • Trollololol
  • For all the things that Microsoft takes to other platforms I always thought Halo would be the one thing that would always be exclusive to Microsoft devices. I guess I was dead wrong.
  • They are doing business so obviously they will look for hit... And as always we have to wait of we don't have to wait then convince more people to buy windows phone
  • Okay but I get the business part but why not release for WP first to send the message that they at least care and the. Release on IOS soon
  • M undertaking your feeling infact I love Windows phone I have 3 personally but that's the story my friend we love Windows phone but outside all doesn't even care about it but now a days in India market share is growing and hole it will grow across the globe and we will have your dream to release new apps first on windows phone.... Friend
  • I don't even have a point to convince my friends to buy a Windows Phone, do I? Do we?
  • Tiles... and Windows 10 will save everything?
  • Tiles? Reeeeally?
  • This was sarcastic/ironic :(
  • LOL It made me laugh now. Sorry, sometimes it's really hard to tell when people are joking
  • No problem. It's a little dificult to do this in other languages xD
  • I understand the pain bro.
  • Me too.. I'm very saddened by this. I always told people Halo was an advantage of being a Windows user :(
  • they copy and paste across platforms just like you do across news sites
  • Oh, I am sorry. I didn't know I was only supposed to participate in one news site genius.
  • MTE :/
  • So this is the real reason for the delay.
  • Exactly LOL
  • & this is breaking news because...??
  • Because is time to quit!
  • The world spins on...
  • I'm not one to call it a doom-and-gloom sign, but it is a sign of stupidity for Microsoft that they're obviously putting something out there that will shake their customers' trust. I mean, come one.
  • Wow what the he'll it's going on? Halo on other platforms other than Windows?
  • Halo 5 is also coming out on ps4....cuz Microsoft wouldn't mind performing per-rectal examination on all it's supporters....
    I've never been as outraged at MS!!!
  • What the actual fuck are you talking about? Halo stays on Xbox. Stop the bs.
  • Lol....that was, admittedly, bloated sarcasm....
    A metaphorical jab at what could be Microsoft's next venture...cuz they clearly have nothing better to do than to continuously shove it up their loyalists' virgin behinds...and because we love them unconditionally....we willfully bend over and transcend up the metaphysical so as to not feel our asses shredded by it's humongous corporate d*ck....
  • Should release the next Halo on PS4 first. After all PS4 has more users and install base.
  • Good point.
  • I wholeheartedly disagree. Halo has always been exclusive to Microsoft. I dont see that changing anytime ever, especially considering how much they've been milking it lately. Like Cortana, Project Spartan, Halo Online, #HuntTheTruth, Halo Channel app for Windows, etc etc etc
  • Does Microsoft own iOS, hmm didn't know that...
  • Did you not read the article? It just changed, today. Halo just launched on iOS, a non-Microsoft platform.
  • Whaaaaaat? I don't even. The confusion is real.
  • hola..
  • In Nadella-Belfiore we trust..
  • And Al Goul.
  • Ra's Al Ghul ??
  • I think that's what bilfiore's lover other name is.
  • Well I'm not buying. Simply because it should have launched at the same time at the very least.
  • It is out on Windows 8.  http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/halo-spartan-strike/7a2d6436...
  • iOS and Android are more popular and have a larger user base, so it's natural for Microsoft as a company to release these apps there first, if they're ready. If anyone is to blame, it's the team working on the Windows Phone version.
  • Since when it is natural to release something which for years had been an exclusive in Microsoft platforms? Quite the contrary, it is natural for us being surprised about this.
  • Well it's out for windows 8.1, so the WP version will come out soon as well
  • By that reasoning Halo 5 should be on PS4 as well.
  • With universal apps it's obvious that MS will bring the game to WP at about the same time as it does on windows, so my reasoning was perfectly valid.
  • Why
  • WOW!
    On iPhone 1st!!!?
    Shame on u Microsoft for fucking with ur fans like that!
  • ... just view it as being beta tested on iPhone....!!
  • That's not true and I will not settle for any form of delusions....
  • http://news.xbox.com/2015/04/games-halo-spartan-strike-launch "Halo: Spartan Strike Launches Today on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iPhone, iPad and Steam"
  • Nice.
  • They might be testing there and release a windows 10 version for us.
  • I thought the "beta testing was over" …
  • It's probably coming today to Windows phone except it takes more time to get apps approved on the Windows phone store which is why it's first on ios. Give it some time.
  • and how should anyone at microsoft be able tell when something is approved in their own store, right? it is totally out of their hands :)
  • Actually apps take less time for approval in WP store compared to app store.
  • Funny how a fan is trying to cover for MS's ass!
  • You right. http://news.xbox.com/2015/04/games-halo-spartan-strike-launch "Halo: Spartan Strike Launches TODAY on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iPhone, iPad and Steam"
  • And guess what? All of you will live til the next day
  • +1
  • Of course but I'm not too sure about WP though.
  • Hahahahhaha and they want from developers to Develop apps for windows phone
  • The message here is, "Devs, please develope for other platforms first then WP."
  • Hahaha exactly
  • Lmao yeah that's one of the reasons I left because of that.
  • Microsoft is excellent supporting others and leaving windows
  • I really thought Halo would always be Microsoft exclusive... Sadness. We should have at least got it at the same time. This makes me not even want to buy the game when its released for Windows Phone.
  • Hah! This article shouldn't have been so rushed. That was almost a simultaneous release. Just like minutes after the iOS release.
  • Halo 5 on PS4 confirmed.
  • Faith in Microsoft officially lost. Thanks Nadella.
  • Halo on PS4? Next.
  • This is upsetting!!! Geesh!!! Windows phone is slowly being snuffed away...
  • It's out for Windows 8.1 as well, probablly because of Windows Store certification progress.
  • So Halo 5 on PS4 then? I mean I get why they would put their apps for other platforms because of their reputation as a business company. But come on with games its like putting Halo on PS4. It doesn't make sense. Windows Phone should be viewed as their mobile gaming platform. If they did that from the start WP would have been much more succesfull. Imagine if they already had Windows phone in their ID@Xbox program from the start. Almost every game would have had achievements and that will appeal to Xbox fans. And i know a lot of people bought WP just because of Xbox games. Now the only big exclusive they had is on iOS... Why would an xbox fan get a windows phone now? Live tiles?
    Im sure in the future there will be a lot of games with achievements because of ID@Xbox. But microsoft is making it increasingly difficult for people (including their own fanbase on xbox) to choose windows phone right now.
  • It isn't the same. Halo on Xbox is a system seller. Putting that on PS4 wouldn't be smart. This casual Halo game was never going to sell millions of windows phones so it honestly doesn't matter that it's on iOS. People need to chill. (Long time Halo/WP/Xbox fan)
  • They really like to screw with their loyal customers at Microsoft. I must be a masochist to stay loyal to windows phone, we don't get 75% of the apps and on top of that we even get the Microsoft apps last. I find it harder and harder to convince myself to stay with windows phone. Also because windows ten is shaping out to be an android ios bastard. So far I am not enthusiastic about the way that is is shaping out.
  • I already left dude starting to regret my Xbox One decision as well.
  • Xbox One is fine with regular updates and a healthy amount of quality games and apps. It's better than PS4 IMO. But It's really windows phone I'm worried about.
  • True maybe this is my clouding my views lol but WP I've been worried about it since 8.0
  • I'm afraid I have to agree with you on these points. Seriously, MS get your act together. Don't make us regret for being loyal.
  • Halo 5 on PS4 confirmed
  • ...
  • Pssht, bro … that's Spartan Assault and we all know it's been out for millenia.
  • ...yeah, my bad.
  • That's the first Halo. Not Spartan Strike.
  • It's funny because by the time this story was published the link for the Windows Store was already functional. :D
  • im starting to like apple
  • Why in earth was it not a windows exclusive for at least six months???
  • It should be exclusive forever.
  • Once android gets their release, I will be able to pick it up for my sp3 only a few months later. The sad truth is that iOS is just easier because there are far less variants of models and most users are running 4s and up. 
  • What message does this send out Microsoft? Imbeciles.
  • 1st april joke?
  • Lol. WP version coming today.
  • Woah! This post is getting more updates than my Android ever did.
  • Now that is funny. Posted via my HTC One (M7)
  • Lmao right on, post of the thread hehe
  • Bout time!
  • Just a taste of how Universal apps on Win 10 will really work, ios/android first, Windows whenever. Its not going to be any sort of advantage for Microsoft's platforms at all.
  • Check the updates of this newspost...time catched up on you ;)  
  • "Caught" is the word you were looking for, and the point still stands. Windows platforms will play second fiddle to ios and android, Windows 10 and universal apps wont change that.
  • Aah so they really meant 'universal' :-o
  • Everyone take this to Twitter.............lol
  • There is a thread for that: #SaveXboxWP, details here.
  • So Spartan Strike is out for both Windows Phone and Windows 8.x/10 — yay! But let me say this, the rage is not that Spartan Strike was release first on iOS, or Android, or Blackberry Appworld (sarcasm), it's about all those exclusives going out of Windows. The fact that not even Halo will be exclusive to Windows is upsetting to many of us because not only don't we get many popular apps; now we have to put up with Microsoft "rewarding" those platforms which already get the "awesome" apps. That's the problem.
  • Albeit only in iphone. According to another post, the link in the Microsoft Store was there at the same time. So frankly it's rather WindowCentral that created the 'rage'.  
  • No, you're missing the point. The point isn't that it launched a few minutes sooner on iOS. The point is that it launched on iOS.
  • This.
  • Let iOS users do the bug hunting for us, fine by me ;]
  • Lol
  • I jumped to iphone b4 and in 10 mins threw it and came back home(windows phone).
  • Sweet. I'll buy it eventually.
  • Wtf? Why iOS? I tot halo is exclusive?
  • Woah!
  • http://news.xbox.com/2015/04/games-halo-spartan-strike-launch
  • Well, it's partly due to WindowsCentral too. The app is out on the same day on Windows. So, what's the agenda WindowsCentral?
  • This is the crap I can't stand from Microsoft, what message does it send to windows phone users when a game from your own platform makes it to a competitor device before your own. This Is a perfect example of microsoft not taking this platform seriously. If x86 does not work with windows 10 for phones my Lumia 1520 will be my last windows phone.. And then I will switch to android. I had enough. There is no advantage of owning a windows phone,
  • It wont kiddo its a phone not a phablet PC XD
  • Currently there is no advantage of owning a Windows Phone, i say switch to what works for you.
  • Don't go that route. I makes you look like a troll.  
  • How so I had been using Windows phone since windows phone 7, and to be honest the platform has not progressed enough, we have to be begging developers to create apps for us, the existing windows phone developers, we have to beg them to stay on windows phone , vevo is one of my favorite apps and it suddenly gets pulled. With no hope of a future app, if I have to factory restore my phone I lose it and can't get it back. The one good thing we have which is a halo game on windows phone come first to ios, then cyanogen gets Microsoft services on their devices. Everyone plays clash of clans , the developer refuses to create an app for windows phone. The only hope we have is somehow we get x86 support for this platform or an android emulator to access the play store. I am just being realistic. Even blackberry could install android apps. This will help with the developers that don't care about windows phone
  • Sorry, this is not a religion. Smartphones should be something that people enjoy, not endure. After almost 5 years WP clearly still has a problem so if someone wants to move to a platform that has what he wants, there really shouldnt be a problem, especially in a world where Microsoft themselves are happy to release their apps and services on those same platforms, sometimes exclusively. Not sure how this relates at all to "trolling'.
  • John Callaham Please don't be a terrorist!
  • When on Xbox one ?
  • Well.. I'm not a doomsayer, I love my winphone, but Microsoft should take care of its own first and I don't mean just over a game release either... My opinion of course.
  • I downloaded it for my L1520 20min ago. What's the problem? It's a universal app too. One purchase for PC/WP
  • Hope they don't release this on Android....
  • Hopefully this buy will eventually get me the universal app running in Xbox One...
  • Be sure to hit up @satyanadella and @XboxP3 and let them know how moronic they are for destroying Halo's exclusivity today. A decade and a half of exclusivity, killed by them. Today. #SaveXboxWP
  • I have been waiting for this game
  • Not enough space on my tablet and can't figure out how to install it on micro sd card.
  • The situation almost looks like Microsoft is slowly but surely moving services and software and exclusives over to ios and android to get those users wanting MS products on their devices, and then Microsoft will partner and later purchase cyanogenmod to make a full fledged windows branded Android device, which could then move all android users quietly over to WinDroid Phones, maybe they're saying if we can't beat then join them, or kill them with kindness ,
  • Well at least they didn't make it for Android as of now.. Fingers crossed. Lol
  • I think the first halo should get released on ps4.... After a 10 years exclusivity on ms its fine
  • I must have missed the time the WC community became so toxic and horrible.. At least the majority of the commenters here..