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Halo Spartan Assault

Halo: Spartan Assault to receive major update this week including new levels and Xbox 360 controller support

Good news for those who enjoy Halo: Spartan Assault, which was released for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 back in July, as the game is set to receive its first upgrade this week. That falls in line with earlier reports that August would see such an update.

The details for the Windows 8 version were revealed on the official Halo Waypoint site with an August 29th release availability. It’s not clear if the Windows Phone 8 version will be updated at the same time, though presumably they will be tied closely together. That version for Windows Phone 8 should also bring support for 512MB devices, as previously reported.

So what can users expect? There’s three big new features here: new missions, new achievements and Xbox 360 joystick support.

  • Operation Hydra including 5 new missions
  • New Achievements (50 points) including Archeology, Silvertip, Tour of duty, A for Effort and Vidmaster Challenge 2.0
  • Support for Xbox 360 wired controllers – We knew this was coming from our earlier coverage, but now it’s confirmed that users will be able to plug in their Xbox 360 controller to their Surface Pro or desktop to get a new way to interact with the game

Overall, it sounds like a pretty comprehensive update for such an A-list title. We’ll keep an eye out for the corresponding Windows Phone 8 version as well, especially for those with 512MB devices.

More reading: Halo: Spartan Assault review

Source: Halo Waypoint; via



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TechsUK says:

Great game. Helped relieve the boredom of hospital a few weeks ago.

Jf.Vigor says:

What happened?

Piro.Garay says:

His brother caught a severe case of stickittothemaningitis...

Eye issues from Windows Phone use 24 hours daily.

ZuNuKoo says:

School of rock reference I like it.

Piro.Garay says:

Thanks, I was hoping someone would catch it...

sticitodaman says:

I beleive you meant sticitodamaneosis. Notice my username? ;)

jlynnm350z says:

He had a herpy on his lip from. . . . . .

Jackalneck says:

You can use the wireless controller if you have the USB/ PC wireless receiver plugged in.

ncxcstud says:

Which MS doesn't make/sell anymore!  BAH!  Mine died and I scoured the 'main shops' looking for one.  You can only find them on ebay and craigs list right now (or resellers from Amazon)

Jackalneck says:

Yeah plus that think is bulky. Wish you could get a simple USB dongle that did the trick. Maybe we'll get WiFi direct compatibility with the XB1 controllers for Surface.

AriesDog says:

Try Target. They always have a bunch of them, at least by me.

mister2d says:

Yeah MS sux on that note. I bought mine from a reseller on Amazon. Works great.

Xsled says:

Wow, just bought one at bestbuy last month. PC section.

penetronn says:

Is this confirmed?

jsaviour84 says:

Bestbuy always has them

Rick Smits says:

One of the only games I play on my phone.

Sam Not Spam says:

Now, if they'd include a coop node, I'd be thrilled. Brings back memories of Ikari Warriors, Heavy Barrel, etc.

CJ Thunder says:

What about some bt 4.0 controllers for us WP players?

Seriously. I'd love to be able to use a wireless Xbox or PlayStation controller for games on my phone or tablet

CJ Thunder says:

Well that would be cool, an adapter, micro USB, I meant that Moga one.

jayrod213 says:

I have the Moga Pro Controller. So far the only game it supports is Drift Mania Championship 2. It's a great controller. I'm also hoping they update the game to use it.

Sam Not Spam says:

Oh, yeah, that'd be fantastic! Don't most laptops and tablets have BT as well?

Vulak'Aerr says:

Xbox Controllers also work with RT tablets.

Tjalsma says:

I was curious as to why only the Surface Pro was mentioned as well.

Gurggles says:

Seriously?! Getting RT is looking better and better....

TechAbstract says:

RT has all those drivers from Windows 8. It works with printers, mouse, keyboards, etc....The IE browser is almost a clone from Windows 8. It will play pretty much any website with adobe flash videos. Pretty awesome for watching movies.

coip says:

Are these extra levels something we have to purchase (i.e., DLC), or do they come free?

DJCBS says:

For the amount they charge for the game, they better come free...

Dlc = I get a Droid.

The new levels are free according to Engadget.

Chef316 says:

Having to pay for game levels will make you switch to Droid?

Kellzea says:

Yeah, hes a dumbass.

Jombib says:

Yep its the age of the self entitled consumer, developers work for free don't you know.

cdbstl76 says:

Newb question... How do I get a 360 controller to work on my Win8 touch screen laptop? Do I need a special device for a USB connection?

ncxcstud says:

Looking forward to the new content.  Though, I'm still getting used to using grenades in H:SA... I'm just not very good at it...

xankazo says:

YEAH!!!! That's what I've been waiting for to play it. I bought the game on release but I haven't played a single minute, waiting for controller support.

jubbing says:

Would be cool of the controller worked with the surface rt

Vulak'Aerr says:

Pretty sure it does. Works with Asphalt!

jubbing says:

Well you learn something new everyday!

Tjalsma says:

It does doesn't it? At least I was under the impression it did.

sasukeluffy says:

First WP game ever to have over 200gs? Nice! Can't wait for other games to do this also!

Justin5267 says:

Actually I think Zombies!!! Beat it to this game.

hauz_20 says:

I personally find the touch controls superior to m/kb, but I can't wait to fire this up on my PC with a controller!

awneze says:

Devastated after buying this and realizing it isn't an online game. I hope they have an online version in the works

AriesDog says:

Yes! Mouse and keyboard isn't cutting it. This game was definitely designed for touch or gamepad.

Koen Geerts says:

Could bring me another game to play on my phone. Right now I only play pokémon

donteatchalk says:

still waiting for a sale, however long that may take

jlynnm350z says:

Really craving some multiplayer. Hopefully someday. That would be so dreamy!!!

Ozzpot says:

I hope, should they update the WP8 version, that they address the issue of how much room it takes to install the damned thing. It's a 700mb game that takes reportedly around 4gb free space to install. For the love of God why? Why does it need  near six times it's own size to install?
I have yet to be able to install it because I have cleared everything I possibly can out of my Lumia 820, the vast majority of my games and pretty much every app that can be deleted, cleared my internet history, successfully flushed out the "other" folder, and still I only have 3.2gb. I'm bending over backwards to give you my money Microsoft, and I can't. Please sort this out. It's ludicrous.

kingkoopa09 says:

Every game is that way need around 4x memory free

Ozzpot says:

I know. Asphalt 7 took 4.6gb clear to install. I would be able to do if it were 4x. I'd need around 2.8gb, whihc I have. It's near 6x though! 

Robert Grant says:

I assume it deflates the install file in a not very space-efficient way.

Robborboy says:

Needs some phone controller support

nbolmer says:

Fairly mediocre game, phone controls for this sort of gave are lousy.

wpguy says:

Hopefully they will keep improving the game. It is monsterously huge though. I wish the core game shell was a download, with the ability to download/remove individual missions, kind of like how Here Maps lets you install/remove individual maps.

Looks like I'll be getting a wired controller for my RT.

Alec Barnard says:

Will a wirelss controller work if you plug it in with the charging cable?

jlynnm350z says:

LOL, hmmm, I'm puzzled. Wireless controller? Plug in?

Kellzea says:

Obv never used an xbox, or a ps3 for that matter.

Xsled says:

No, the charging cable does not transfer data. Need the PC adapter. Somebody linked that above.

vonchowder says:

Are you suggesting the pc adapter dongle will plug into the phone usb (via an adapter) and work with the wireless 360 controller?

ShaunKL says:

Looks like it may be finally time to buy Spartan Assault, yay!

fedrat says:

Guess i won't be playing this on my 8s anytime soon.......

Ham Salad says:

The new achievements have been added to the WP version of the game, so it's coming, just a matter of when.