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.