Halo: Spartan Strike Launches Today … and Goes Cross-Platform

Posted on April 16, 2015 by Paul Thurrott in Xbox with 0 Comments

Halo: Spartan Strike Launches Today ... and Goes Cross-Platform

Today’s launch of Halo: Spartan Strike marks the first time since the original Halo that a Halo game has been available on a non-Windows platform: In addition to shipping the game on Windows, Windows Phone, and Steam (Windows), Microsoft is also making Halo: Spartan Assault available on iPhone and iPad too.

Collected yourself? OK, let’s move.

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Like its predecessor, Halo: Spartan Assault, Halo: Spartan Strike—where do they come up with these names?—is a top-down shooter, and not a first person shooter like the AAA Halo titles that have only shipped on Xbox since Halo 3 in 2007. And like its predecessor, Halo: Spartan Strike is fairly inexpensive at $6, especially if you stick within the Windows ecosystem, since a purchase on Windows means you get the Windows Phone version for free (and vice versa).

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What’s changed is that this game—and its predecessor—are now available on iPhone and iPad. You can get them individually—Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spartan Strike are $6 each—or in a $10 app bundle (which saves some money). Also new: The (“big”) Windows version of the game is available on Steam, the rival PC-based game service.

Microsoft notes that Halo: Spartan Strike features improved touch controls and updated graphics, 30 missions, and an all new arsenal of weapons, abilities and vehicles.

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It’s almost like Microsoft is trying to get us to move to iPhone. Nah.

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