Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows Phone 8
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Halo: Spartan Assault now available for Windows Phone 8

It’s been teased for a month now and we even told you that it was coming out today, but now we can tell you officially that Halo: Spartan Assault, is live in the Store for Windows Phone 8.

Building off of the hit franchise and 18 months in the making, Halo: Spartan Assault is Microsoft’s attempt to capitalize off of the famous first shooter game for mobile. Instead of just “porting” the FPS model over though, a paradigm that is difficult to translate onto tablets and smartphones, Microsoft and 343 Industries opted for a third-person overhead view, which is more arcade style. The game’s timeline takes place in the four years between Halo 3 and 4.

In addition, the developers spent months honing game play to make the frame rate as high (and smooth) as possible and just as importantly, ensured that the game controls were fluid and flexible. From our last 24 hours playing with it, we can confirm that as a “casual gamer”, we found the game highly accessible and extremely well-polished.

From the game description:

“Halo: Spartan Assault brings the excitement of Halo combat to touch-based devices for the very first time. Battle your way through 25 action-packed missions against the Covenant as you explore the origin of the Spartan Ops program and Halo 4's Spartan Commander, Sarah Palmer.”

Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows Phone 8

And don’t let those 25 missions fool you as Halo: Spartan Assault isn’t a one-off game for Microsoft, but rather the beginning of this game’s story. In the future, we can expect more missions and add on packs to be released, ensuring the game’s longevity long after you beat all of those levels (2.5 hours of gameplay).

In addition to Windows Phone 8, the game is also available for Windows 8 PCs and Tablets (including RT), scaling up the action to your larger screened devices.

Game Features

Halo: Spartan Assault

  • Original "Halo" gameplay. An action-packed, single-player campaign spanning 25 missions in battles never before experienced in the Halo Universe, all played from a top-down camera view.
  • New and immersive storyline. An original story set between the events of "Halo 3" and "Halo 4," experience a new war with the Covenant, the first missions of the Spartan Ops program and the rise of Commander Sarah Palmer, all with best-in-class graphics and audio.
  • Built for simplicity. A unique fusion of touch and console-like controls for easy pick-up-and-play gaming, with the added flexibility of keyboard and mouse controls on Windows 8 PCs and tablets.
  • Integration with "Halo 4." Earn experience points (XP), all-new Achievements, and unlock emblems for your "Halo 4" Spartan career, with additional integration features available after launch.
  • Nonstop competitive fun. Compete against friends in Leaderboards or hone your skills against an onslaught of Weekly Challenges while collecting more than 40 in-game Achievements and Medals.
  • Only on Windows. Available only on Windows 8 PCs and tablets and Windows Phone 8 devices.

Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows Phone 8

Finally, the game also supports optional in-app purchasing to gain more credits (credits are earned with normal game play too). We wrote about the IAP system back in June, noting:

“Those credits can be spent on different equipment to customize your loadout with prior to starting a level. Loudouts include both primary and secondary weapons, armor abilities, and boosters. A few armor abilities we know of: a health regeneration field, overshield, and sprinting. As for boosters, they make the game easier to play by increasing the damage that players deal and other beneficial effects.”

Overall, Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows Phone 8 was a worthwhile wait. Microsoft and Windows fans finally have a notch on their belt of one more “must have” game and the title should appeal to everyone from casual gamers to the hardcore user.

Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows Phone 8

Pick up Halo: Spartan Assault here in the Store for $6.99. Windows Phone 8 only, 1GB of RAM, 691 MB.

In the US, restricted to Verizon wireless customers only for 30-days. 512MB devices to receive support in August, 2013.

Head to the Windows Phone Central game zone to discuss Halo:Spartan Assault, get help or look for tips! forums.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-games

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Halo: Spartan Assault now available for Windows Phone 8

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Dan, is there a way to trick the phone region to get this game if I'm US? I've trying changing region in settings to UK but no luck. Is the only way to debrand then rebrand Verizon?

Two ways 1. Borrow a friend from with Verizon's SIM if your phone is unlocked, or 2. Go over to XDA, Windows Phone 8 Development & Hacking forum and follow directions for Nokia app hack, you can use the program to trick the store into thinking your phone is a Verizon phone. Think the app is only live for a few days longer btw. I haven't tried it because I have a Nokia on Verizon, but other people seem to have it working for other apps

Worked with a trick from the forums too. Tmobile 8X playing it and with unlocked ATIV S. Works wonders now that have my daily driver running it (8X) I play it at work all the time!

Hi Daniel, i understand it just went live but still they should have ensured that there was enough capacity to handle the request.

Ignore me though, just want it now.

Uhm, what he means was that the link barely went live so give it a few mins before it's fully propagated everywhere.  Nothing to do with server capacity.

I can't think of any highly anticipated product with a website that actually was able to cope with demand. People that make the projections aren't the same as those that want the products. Look at any number of PC games in recent history. Hehe, its amazing! And when people like me build according to specifications we inevitably learn after the fact that those projections "were off". And that Is with padding. #failplanning

This is actually about the time it takes for the install packages and databases to deploy to each country's specific server, rather than capacity. It takes time; if they made it instant it would effectively nullify the reason to have them.

Did you get it to download on 8.1? The link just takes me to the store and it doesn't show up in any store searches on my surface pro

I suppose I have to pay for this game twice if I want it on my Surface and my WP?

Link works now, but no trial which is a downer, wanted to try it and desktop version to see which is better regarding gameplay

Ditto on that. I was hoping for a trial because I wanted to see how it played on both  my Lumia 928 and my Surface RT before buying. Anybody with both a Lumia and a Surface RT with insight into how it runs on both?

I was wondering the same thing, also if you buy it on the Lumia can you then download on RT as well without paying again?

^ coip, this. And the fact that there are no universal purchases kills it. I'll probably still get it on my tablet.

In Canada it seems to be exclusive to Rogers, it's available on my 920 but my wife's on Bell and doesn't show in the store on her 8X.

Only in the USA will it be exclusive. It should be releasing around the World now. But I'm also getting "not available for your devide" on my non-American L920.

Working for me in wales (UK) on Lumia 920. About to try on surface RT

No luck on the tablet yet but tine for bed will try tomorrow

Upon refreshing several times I got the link to get me to the store and It's saying that the app is not available for my device (L920)

That's the Windows 8 version not the WP8 one and it's also the Trininad and Tobago store not the US/EUR one

It is available, I have it installed on my ATIV S on O2-UK.

So you're going to switch from a device that can't get it yet to a device that won't get it ... ever, that's a fantastic idea /s

To be honest I'm expecting Microsoft to release it on Android and iOS just like they have with numerous other games.. Kind of defeats the purpose of having a windows phone but aw'well.

Yeah, link works now, but won't let me download. (changed region to UK)
Trying a different region now
 
Update: doesn't work for UK, Aus or Canada.

Same, not available for me, French Samsung Ativ S, so shouldn't be an exclusivity issue... 'will give it a try later

I'm not sure on that link. It takes you to the Store, but there is no price listed, so IDK what I'll be charged, or if the DL will even work. Would rather not risk a charge going to the wrong account (my dad's credit card's on the account).

It should be available in other countries today and in the US only to Verizon customers. If you live in France for example, the Verizon exclusivity shouldn't be applied because you don't live in the US,
Only people with AT&T, T-Mobile, etc. in the US must have to wait 30 days. If you live outside of the US, it should be available today in your marketplace (Indian if you live in India, etc.

well, that's real BS from MS and from Rogers, releasing another exclusivity just for Canada. Fido and Rogers are the same company, using and sharing the same network.

Can you show the link that you downloaded it from? Or was it through the phone store? And yea I'm with Rogers as well.

I'm on Rogers too. It looks like it might be Rogers exclusive?
I noticed there is a rogers logo in the details page.
The only way to confirm is if someone else from canada tries to buy it from another network.

It has a Rogers logo in the store so might be a exclusive for them also for the 30 days. Can anyone not on Rogers download in Canada?

omg i want the game T.T, it's supposed to be a worldwide lunch except for usa, why Costa Rica dont work!!!! T.T
 

I have a Lumia 920 from Rogers (unlocked if that matters), fully updated AFAIK and I tried buying this and it said this isn't available for my device, exclusive to another providor or its not in my country yet (I'm in Canada)
What the hell? I guess its one thing if it just isn't in the Canadian app store yet but if Verizon has exclusive rights even over Canada...WHAT THE HELL??!?!

Nope, I'm currently running this on Wind.
FFS, don't tell me I'll have to grab a Rogers sim card just for the store to let me buy it?!
If so, thats horseshit and well...horseshit on MSs part for doing that.

I assume not; there's no announced exclusivity for Rogers. Have you tried downloading through the WPCentral app? That's what worked for me.

Tried that too, using unlocked L820, with Fido sim card, living in Canada and marketplace region set to Canada. App not available for my device. Tried scanning the QR code or via the WPCentral app.

I think it's Rogers exclusive. There is a huge Rogers logo when I go to the buy it.
So you won't be able to get it on Wind.

That is such bullshit!
 
Ugh. 

It would be nice if WP could gather some more info on this. I'll live, but heads up that this was going to be a Rogers only deal would've been nice. Why they even did this I can't fathom, its shafting those of us that avoided that network.

What's odd is that there is absolutely no news about an exclusivity deal. Given Rogers's (lack of) support for WP, it wouldn't be surprising, but still.

This would be a time I'd happily support a crack or two so I can install it on my own.

This is just not cool, its not direct punishment but I'm being shafted out of an app just because I'm not on one of the carriers. Why is this even allowed?

I shouldn't be upset but I feel sandbagged. At least a heads up saying "Oh, Rogers has it too"
We don't have that, we don't even have a limit. For all I honestly know given how Rogers does this, it'll be a Rogers exclusive forever. 
Oh well, I can settle for having it on my desktop. 

I am on Fido and it's not available (unlocked L820) for me. Tried the WPCentral app, scanning the QR code, same result.

if that's the case then it's a huge mistake and a complete BS from MS not announcing this in the news. The only exclusivity should be in the US with Verizon, if there are more, we should be notified. I am with Fido in Canada and the game is not even in the store. If they are 2 exclusivity (1 for US and 1 for Canada), then it's a very bad move from MS, really.

Are you guys sure there is any other exclusivity?
 
The carrier logo on the purchase screen is for the "pay on your phone bill" option. I wonder if some people are confusing this with that?

How do you want that i test this, I am with Fido and i don't have a Rogers sim card to test this out.
But until now, it seems to be Rogers exclusives too, I am with Fido, another person is with Wind and 1 more person is with Bell on a HTC 8X and we cannot get the game to download. i see that peoples with Rogers were able to download it.
 
If you have another sim card (Bell, Fido, Chatr, Koodoo, etc.) test it with your phone and let us know if the game is available.

No other app I try to download has that logo. If it was for the pay on your bill option, shouldn't it show up for every app?

Thats a very valid point. 
This would be a first for any app on WP8 that I've come across.
At this point I'd just like some level of clarification from MS, Rogers, WP Central; anyone. Whats up with Canadians?
Is this punishment for us having maple syrup and healthcare?

not every apps and games have that logo indeed.
Some guys at France have the same deal, the SFR and Orange logos are visible on Halo: SA but not visible on a 1$ application. If the logo is for the pay on your phone bill, it would be visible on any paid applications/games, not on some of them only.
So I am 100% confident that in Canada, Halo SA is exclusive to Rogers only because it's not available at all with the other Canadian carriers. My phone is unlocked, SIM free, using Fido (wich is Rogers sub-division btw, using the same network)

Yeah, I'm on Wind with an unlocked Rogers Lumia 920 too, and it reports it as "not available to my device". Frustrating.  (I'm not seeing this Rogers logo others are talking about, either).
 
 

Because you have a Wind sim card, that's why you don't see the Rogers logo. The logo is related to the sim card you are using.

OK I give up. How did the video in the story above get the game to run on a L925 via T-Mobile... What about the Verizon exclusive talk....

Sooo, what about that Windows 8 version? When does that go live? Having no Verizon that may be my shot at some earlier access.

Try again, it gave me that error too at first. I understand this is a global release.
 
Finland, non-carrier Nokia Lumia 920 reports - at first it gave "not available for your device" but now it works with the QR code.

US Windows Phone Store user with a China Unicom SIM card. Game showed up on my phone all right, and there's the buy button, plus an absurd China Unicom logo. Looks downloadable all right, without free trial though. Didn't buy yet, for I'm still waiting for the Windows 8/RT version. When is the game released for tablets and PC? I thought they should be made public about the same time? Games of this genre always play better on bigger screen...

I believe those carrier logos are probably just carrier payment options (pay on your phone bill), not signs of exclusivity or anything like that.

I think I know the answer to this, but if I buy it for WP8 does that purchase carry over to Windows 8?

Verizon is not a market region. Windows Phone Store checks your cellular network and SIM card before allowing you to download the game. But if you happen to have any non-US SIM card, shove it in and hit the Windows Phone Store, the game should be right there available, even in the US Store.

Link worked for me in Australia. Searching on the store didn't work though. Thanks guys, so happy!!!

Won't let me buy says don't have enough storage, last time I checked 2GB > 700MB but I could be wrong

Download was 6 or 700mb, but now it's installed it's taking up 1.1gb, plus whatever 'app data' its taking up. Games just ain't small :( but i guess that should be a :) really

OMG life is so awesome right now. This game is just great! Thank you Verizon and thank you Nokia. Best game evar,so much fun. So sad for the people that can't play this game with me!

if there was a time to test the cracking scene, right now is the time. ill be waiting because this is sure to piss off some peeople enough to try to bypass the verizon check

Those getting the "not available" error, try again. It didn't work for me at first either. Of course inside the U.S. exclusivity may result in a 30 day delay on non-Verizon.
 
But, man, are the pipes clogged. Mine has been downloading 10 minutes or so now and... oh, it finished while I writing this message.
 
I can confirm a successful buy and download on an unlocked Lumia 920 in Finland. :)

Might be carrier exclusive in other countries too. When I go to the store it has my carrier logo(Telenor in Norway) on the same place Nokia has their logo on the Nokia exclusive titles. When I open the store it is the featured app at the moment. I have set the region to UK on my phone, but the game still show up with my Norwegian carrier branding in the store.

Those carrier logos are probably just carrier payment options (pay on your phone bill), not signs of exclusivity.

Its definitely seeming like a carrier exclusive thing. I'm on Rogers in Canada and it has that branding for the game as well, which is very uncommon.

It's not an exclusivity thing. Period. I have carrier branding too here in South Korea. Nobody uses WP here. It's not an exclusive. Ignore the carrier logo.

Yet some people on networks not of original WP origin can't download it. I have an unlocked rogers 920, I can't download it and I'm in Canada on another network. Something is definietly going on.

Are you guys sure the carrier logo isn't just the "pay on your phonebill" payment option you are seeing?
 
That option shows a carrier logo on the app purchase page.

OK. I guess anything is possible then.

But FYI, the operator payment option also shows the operator logo on the screen.

Maybe this is different from that.

Started downloading this the second this post was up. No errors on my naked 920 in France, SFR!
Can't wait to play! Still waiting for it to appear on my Surface!!!

The "en-tt" means you're not looking at the US Windows Store, but the Trinidad and Tobago one.   1TTD = 0.1558 USD.
 
It hasn't been published to the US store yet.

Don't like why Microsoft is trying to make us fight amongst ourselves. Sure we'll get it in a month but why not have it now?. Making it available on all devices will mean more publicity on the exclusive app only for W8 and WP8. But I guess MSFT has lost the plot, please support us, the loyal customers.

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