Microsoft and 343 Industries had to launch a new Halo game at some point this year. A new top-down, twin-stick shooter will be arriving on December 12. The game, Halo: Spartan Strike, will launch on Windows devices and Steam for just $6.
Spartan Strike takes places during the events of Halo 2 and will have new content, vehicles, and the Prometheans. The new game follows Halo: Spartan Assault, which originally launched on Windows mobile devices only, but later was available for Xbox consoles and Steam.
Assault was primarily developed as a mobile game, so the controls have been improved. The developer took feedback from the community on Spartan Assault, then changed some things like controls scaling to different platforms and also things like precise grenade throws. The difficulty curve of the game was upped too, for a greater challenge.
You will be happy to hear that microtransactions are not a part of Spartan Strike, thanks to complaints on Spartan Assault. All items are purchased with currency that is earned through the course of the game. No multiplayer modes are being developed as yet, but the game will have leaderboards, achievements, and weekly challenges. So you will have plenty to keep you busy. The game will launch on Windows 8, Windows Phone and Steam all on the same day. The Stream version doesn’t tie back into any Microsoft accounts or profiles, so it is treated as a separate item, but if you purchase the game through the Windows Store you get a cross-buy version that works on multiple Windows devices. It should keep Halo fans happy until another Halo game arrives to take it’s place.