Halo: Spartan Assault
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Halo: Spartan Assault officially launching tomorrow, July 18th; Verizon has exclusive for 30 days

While we didn’t get a new Xbox LIVE game today for our Windows Phones, fear not as you were merely being teased. Yes, tomorrow at some time you will officially be treated to the long awaited Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

The information comes ironically from the official website (Halo Waypoint), which details the exact date as July 18th for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices. Even more interestingly, they detail how Verizon has the exclusive here in the US, which we told you about last week, for 30 days. That’s not too bad of a wait and should give Verizon customers something to be happy about. In the meantime, T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T users can keep themselves occupied with the Windows 8 PC or tablet version.

Finally, it is also noted that the game will only run on 1GB Windows Phones. But fear not, a version for 512MB devices like the Lumia 720 will be forthcoming, in fact August is the month given for that release. Once again, a perfectly acceptable wait.

Halo Spartan release date
Release date: 7/18/2013 as revealed on Halo Waypoint

We’ll have more information about Halo: Spartan Assault right here at Windows Phone Central as soon as the game gets the green light from Microsoft.

Source: Halo Waypoint; Thanks, Reid W. and Mike B., for the tips!

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MSFTMatt says:

Interesting... Now how about supporting WP more. I know there are VZW people that approve and push WP,but too many android and RIM fanboys that still, nit to mention the apple fanatics.

ikissfutebol says:

I had a rather interesting experience the last two times I was in a Verizon store. Two times ago was just after the L900 was announced. I was waiting to meet my mom at Verizon as she wanted a smartphone. I asked them if they knew anything about it and were all very arrogent (and clueless about the device). Essentially they said everything about anything Windows Phone-related was garbage and a waste of money... I don't remember word for word, but I do remember it wasn't sugar-coated and I was quite offended. The second time was when my wife and I picked up our 928s on launch day. The lady that I spoke with on the phone put two aside when I called in the morning when the store opened. Literally walked in, my wife played with the one on display for about 30 seconds and then she started transferring everything for us...my wife had an iPhone 4 and I was coming from TMo with my 710.
 
I remember showing my mom the Lumia 900 and she almost got that instead of ultimately her iPhone 5...it took her a LONG time to decide on a smartphone. I knew significantly more than the sales guy at ATT who was pretty much reading off his lanyard. Sure, it was the first or second day in stores, but that shouldn't matter. At that point in time, I still had a feature phone and it was actually my first or second time playing with a Windows Phone. Even if it is "just your job" you should be able to answer questions and know how to use it. He had no idea about holding down the home button and was thankful I showed him.
 
The lady from Forbes at the 1020 event nailed it on the head, although it's not just ATT. All the major US carriers drive sales for the OS the indidiviual reps favor. Given most of them don't ever touch Windows Phones, except at training, I really think some secret shoppers would do wonders. I would LOVE for Nokia to send someone into a Verizon or ATT store to see just how "well" this partnership is working. I don't care if you're a third eco-system... if you're dealing with exclusives it better get pushed in stores. The iPhone became a hit because of Apple's marketing and hype machine. Android became a hit because you could get a "similar" device for different price points. I don't care what OS you are a fan of, Android dominates the world market because it's the only OS with global distrubution AND countless price points. I still say we need a 400 series Lumia to truly compete. My wife gets extreme with her feelings about her devices. She still has only wonderful things to say about her Surface. Her only complaints with her Windows Phone so far deal with battery life (coming from an iPhone 4, this makes sense) and the terrible "solution" for syncing music to the device. I really hope 8.1 solves this, whether WP8.1 or W8.1... or a combination of both. The fact she's okay with missing a couple apps from iOS really says a lot to me, particularly when seemingly all of those developers have announced they will be releasing an app.

You too huh when I got my focus the knew nothing about it, I asked if it had office on it as a test, he opens the box for the phone and proceeds to read the manual, I was like wtf saying to myself they work there they should know what they're selling.

Yes it does have Office. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote are all supported. In WP7 all four are integrated into the Office Hub and in WP8 the OneNote app is separate.

Josh Harman says:

30 days... That's not bad for all you non-Verizoners.
Don't worry, I'll tell you how awesome it is. LOL

erasure25 says:

U da hoe. Lol.

andrew1967 says:

L0L,, you tell them oh by the way your screen name rules I remember Andy Bell & Vincent Clark great musician's

Jack Larson1 says:

just going to say this once:what a waste....       Alright im done complaining, but i hope that microsoft makes the win8 and wp apps cross compatible so we can buy them on eligible computers and transfer them to our phones.

Mouthsmasher says:

Meh. I was planning on downloading this to my surface instead of my phone anyways, so no worries for me!

Zulfigar says:

I don't have a WP8 decide yet, so no worries here either! Yay Surface! :D

Hopefully it runs ok on the 8.1 beta

Bluetech1 says:

Dude.  It's a friggin video game. On a cell phone.  But plz go ahead and enjoy your game.  I'm sure that it'll profoundly and deeply change the course of your life. 

Josh Harman says:

Why are you here and why are you commenting on something you don't care about?
Seems like a waste of your time.

Bluetech1 says:

Well Josh I'll tell you like this. I, like many others here and probably including yourself, have both an Xbox and PS3 with more games crammed onto both of them than I can even fully play. So truth of the matter is that I clicked on this article per my gaming interest level across a variety of platforms, both mobile and console based. That being said, your "seemingly" braggart take on being able to download this game prior to others on different carriers was a bit....well, childish imo. It is in fact exciting that 343 Industries have chosen to elevate the WP8 platform by releasing their first ever mobile version of the Halo franchise, which benefits us all on these forums/commentary threads in the long run. But acting like other non-Verizon users will somehow have to endure agony or despair because you have access to a game prior to them is kind of a waste of your time too, because like I said in my original reply.....it's just a video game. So there's really no need to "celebrate" (or whatever you would like to call it) as you yourself have not accomplished anything by being on the "right" carrier for this release. But I digress. But please do enjoy the 30 days of your exclusive bliss....you've earned it.

K_lando says:

I don't really care about the 30 days... as long as the game is available to me at some point.  I'm just glad MS finally created something to really brag about on Windows Phone.
However... I have to point out... CARRIER exclusivity makes zero sense really, from a sales/marketing standpoint.
Question: Who is quitting their carrier for a Halo smartphone game?  How many people are out of contract, ready to renew some service, and Verizon having Halo for 30 days is going to make them sign up with VZW?  Who is going to break their current contract to go to VZW, just for this game?  Hardware might sway people, but one single app or game?
I get it for manufacturer or operating system exclusivity.  Nokia having excluvies may sway a person's decision on hardware.  Android having a game no other OS has might sway decisions.  
But I just can't see it doing the same for carrier service.   Really, this is more of a 'thank you' to Verizion Windows Phone users... more a customer-retainer type move than an attempt to bring in new customers.  'Dear dedicated VZW customer, please don't leave us.  Look, you can play Halo first'.  LOL.

dalydose says:

I hope Verizon paid a LOT of $$ for this.  Otherwise, it doesn't make any sense on the part of Microsoft.

I understand Nokia, HTC and Samsung favoring thier own customers, but aren't we ALL Microsoft customers???

iamoniwaban says:

Sounds like we can put to use that "carrier" hack WPCentral reported a little while ago :)

ahmedjan87 says:

Hmmm
Please tell me more

z33dev33l says:

Shouldn't be a hard workaround with a good proxy.

paulxxwall says:

Maybe give them a month to work out bugs

sholokov says:

Good thinking

iamoniwaban says:

That was my thought too.

kaesuna says:

finaly get some halo news

jlangner says:

I assume if I buy for my Surface Pro, I would have to buy for my phone in 30 days...If that is the case, surface wins this one ;)

iamoniwaban says:

I have noticed when I buy an app on my win 8 PC, I can download it without buying again on surface. I would hope the same for W phones soon

btbam91 says:

Depends on the app.

rhodri22 says:

Because RT and 8 use a unified store. Windows Phone's is separate at the moment, but might come closer in the future.

Zulfigar says:

Exactly, so it'll always be unified, at least with the Windows 8's (8 + RT).

coip says:

Wait, so, I can buy this once on my Surface RT and I'll also have access to it on any Windows 8 PC I log into as well without paying for it again? And, if I get it for Windows Phone too, I will have to pay for it again, but all of my saves/progress will transfer across all devices so I can just pick up and play wherever?
Does this hold for all other apps too? i.e., I bought Rocket Riot 3D on my Surface RT. Can I log into my mom's Windows 8 PC and download it and then play it without paying again? If so, why isn't Microsoft advertising this more?

VanillaFrog says:

Yes, you can. And yes, they should.

DreadVenom says:

What, tomorrow, noooooooooooooo. I was pumped for today. Isn't it XBL Wednesday?

danj210 says:

Yup, makes me wonder if this is even true

nanoware says:

can i pop in a verizon sim and download on my 920?

NaterBater says:

Maybe but doubt it. You did give a great idea if it works though. Good look.

iamoniwaban says:

Not unless your phone is "unlocked" / "unbranded". If it is, I do all he time between my three phones. One thing to note: you will also most likely have the Verizon SIM in to play

Sam Sabri says:

So I'll be playing this on my Surface Pro first and 925 in a month.

theefman says:

Why would you buy it again for your phone when you've finished it on your tablet, achievements? I'm not seeing the reason even if it is Halo, to buy this on both systems for any reason.

Flagz says:

Some people just like that. I don't carry my surface everywhere my phone is so I'm buying on both too.

Bee Mon says:

Less fortunate me: So I'll be playing this on my Acer W7 first and my 620 in a month (performance may vary).

Dk92 says:

Saved a little bit of money on my $25 Microsoft card just for this game. :)

Josh Harman says:

Just checked & I have just over $12 on my Microsoft account. Ready!

Jeremy P says:

No 512mb support on release... That could have communicated sooner...

theefman says:

And on a Microsoft release no less, and probably the most high profile one of the year. Disgraceful.

danj210 says:

I want all you 512's to be happy with these games as well. But I bought a 1 gig device over 512 so that I can play the best of the best. If they take away from the game so that it will run on a cheaper phone that people had a choice to buy... That's gonna make me very angry. I bought this for the purpose of using my hardware, not half of it. If I buy a 2gb flash drive but complain that the files I want to put on it are too big when I had the choice to buy an 8 gig. Well that was my choice and I can't really be upset with anyone but myself. I mean no offense just saying if it's not fair to 512 people... Then it's surely not fair to the 1 gig people.

agm353 says:

+1 Agreed danj20

tbonenga says:

Absolutely right danj

Jeremy P says:

My issue is with expectation management. Game wont work on my phone? Fine. But Don't tell me it will, then say it wont until a month down the track the day its released.

danj210 says:

I do agree with you on that as well. They shouldn't have signed a deal with VZ so close to launch after all that advertising either

Jeremy P says:

Totally. I'm not familiar with verizons lineup, being a humble New Zealander, but if they're mostly 1gb phones this exclusive is a little less exclusive..

Mingu7 says:

You can calm down danj210.
 
A lower memory version of a game (512) is usually toned down textures, etc.  But it usually has NO EFFECT on the experience for 1GB players.  It's just like lowering the graphics settings on a game if your PC can't quite handle it.  For people with PCs that can handle it, they can crank up the graphics settings.  So everyone wins.

danj210 says:

Thanks for letting me know I could calm down @Mingu7. Didn't know I needed to by expressing my thoughts. If they optimize a version for 512 then sure but if they did that we would see two versions in the marketplace which I never see.

rhodri22 says:

I see your point, but it sounds like they're going to optimise the crap out of the game, or make a lower powered version anyway. You've got to remember that most people are using the Lumia 520 at this point, and what's the point in making the largest userbase irate. There really isn't a make all happy situation for this, but saying that people who maybe weren't warned about this by the sales people about the low RAM issue, or who can't afford a high end phone should deal with it isn't a benefiting anyone.

danj210 says:

That larger 521 user base must understand that they are buying a budget phone for a reason. If you buy a low end budget PC, will you be irate when you can't play the most graphic intensive games? It has happened to me but I made the choice to purchase a cheaper system. When I purchased a more expensive PC I did that to play the high end games, I had a choice. They made a budget phone for just that, to be a budget phone, which means you're paying for the basics. Like I said I want everyone to be happy, but everyone gets what they pay for.

rhodri22 says:

Put it this way, there's a reason most new PC games still target dual core processors and 1GB of RAM as a minimum spec, because the majority of people are still buying those cheaper PC's with those lower specs. Those games still scale, so people with higher end machines get the best experience, but people on the lower end still get the game, but in a more limited experience. The way that all games should be made on Windows Phone is targeted at the lower end, as a bare minimum experience, but scaled to give the best experience for the high end.

Personally, I'm certain that you would be angry if in a couple of months games are only being released for 2GB devices, but you couldn't get them on your network.

I'm not saying that developers shouldn't push the boundaries with Windows Phone, but think about the majority, not the minority.

danj210 says:

Sure but the spec range isn't as large as it is on WP. If you can scale graphics in the game then sure but I have yet seen scaling in XBL games yet. So again, as long as they don't drop visuals and game play down then there's no problem. My only gripe was to hear complaints from 512 ram owners when yes, I want them to get the game also but not if one of the potentially best games to ever come out on WP and perhaps the mobile market, will be toned down without scaling. In games like survivalcraft, they have video options, but haven't seen those options in an XBL title yet.

But in perspective of average pc specs... There really aren't average WP8 specs. It's either 512 or 1024. I want this game to push the potential to the max.

rhodri22 says:

I'm certain that they have the ability to push the game via two store listings, one for 512MB devices, one for 1GB, so they could do the scaling in the design process and just push the game to individual devices. But frankly, don't 512MB device uses have the right to be annoyed about this issue, especially in a proprietary game release from Microsoft? I mean, Microsoft choose the specs that these phones can run, so shouldn't they also make sure that apps run on both, or help devs tone the graphics down for 512MB devices only, therefore not affecting the 1GB version already finished? It looks like they can do it, because both this game and Temple Run are examples of this, yet it seems like something that should be done before the games even get published.

danj210 says:

Sure they could push out two versions but why haven't they been doing that already? Cause it's more work. So you're saying if Microsoft makes a 2 gb phone and a 256 Mb for people who don't want to spend the money but want the actual phone and not games... MS should hold down the potential of their best games because they made a 256 device to offer a choice? No you choose a low end device to get the low end. We can go back and forth on this all night but bottom line is, some games need to push the limits of their flagship phones to compete with the limits that other OS's are hitting. And temple run is not anything pushing the limits, same with some of the other games they optimized. Halo should be breaking the edge.

LMZR says:

Yeah, i agree. I was very excited for the release so i could play it on my 520...
 
But it turns out we still have to wait a month.

Hopefully by then it will launch on At&t with support for the Moga Pro controller.
 
 

agm353 says:

It's only 30 days... I wouldn't bet on it.

jayrod213 says:

They did say after a month there would be an update of some kind. Moga Pro for WP8 and 360 controller for W8. Wishful thinking. I have the Moga Pro but the only game supported is Drift Mania 2. It's a great controller.

Jack Larson1 says:

wouldn't it be ironic if the moga controllers only worked with att devices? :P

(of course this would not happen, because moga is separate from att, just like microsoft...)

nikana says:

That really is a dumb move to make it exclusive. 
 
In the end it wont matter, because it has the name Halo attached to it.

Mike Fait says:

So..what is the price going to be?

Verkunder says:

Hmm, download for Surface RT using 8.1?

Ryken100 says:

So like if I change my region to Canada or something, will I be able to get it tomorrow?

iamoniwaban says:

Canada isn't verizon

allos autos says:

I seem to recall that it's only exclusive in the US. Everyone else gets it regardless of carrier. So changing to Canada should work (theoretically).

iamoniwaban says:

My bad. Sorry. If that's true. Yay for me.

allos autos says:

Yay for me, too!

thehidedout says:

Good for Verizon WP customers they need some love

Josh Harman says:

Yeah for sure. I know some people are getting left out and I understand their disapproval, but Its nice to see someone other than AT&T get an exclusive.

kiddj55 says:

Now everyone that doesn't have Verizon knows what it feels like for us that have non-Nokia devices.

Clavitox says:

I have T-Mobile, they're even worse

iamoniwaban says:

TELUS sucks as well.

kiddj55 says:

Oh trust me I'm on the same boat with you! No true Nokia flagship until today!

I hope this runs buttery smooth on the Surface RT. Too many games run like crap on it.

cruelvaldez says:

Is this a Nokia exclusive? I hope not. :-(
Anyways, I'm disappointed that there is no multiplayer, that really sucks.

clappenings says:

Eff you Verizon!!!! ;-)

DennisvdG says:

This is amazing! I'm going on vacation tomorrow and now I can play this on the airplane :D

theefman says:

If you're sitting next to a non-WP user make sure you tilt your screen so they can see HALO on your phone!!!! :)

DennisvdG says:

Lol I'll make sure to do that to everyone at the airport!

that hurts my gut.......laughing of course

JKOgden says:

NIce! I'll be downloading it tomorrow then!

Samst22 says:

Odd. Thursday must be the new Wednesday.

HM02 says:

ohmyfucking godogdofff another whole month to wait goddamntitit

ricbon says:

LETS HIT UP @JOEBELFIORE ON TWITTER
 

MattLFC says:

Fantastic move by Microsoft. Kill the market and the brand with a pathetic exclusivity deal. What's in it for Microsoft, money doesn't sell phones...

iamoniwaban says:

This happens all the time. Xbox / ps3 /pc games. Exclusives is marketing. Almost all devices and carriers have some sort of exclusive app. 30 days is not long.

dalydose says:

How does this happen all the time? Has PS3 ever sold a game that would only work on a console bought at BestBuy? Has XBox??

iamoniwaban says:

Xbox has a 30 day map dlc exclusive for cod bo2. Ps3 has the last of us. Exclusives happen all the time. Your comment makes no sense, as this game WILL work on none Verizon phones, you just can't download it yet.

dalydose says:

I can't even make sense of what you wrote, but it seems like you are saying that a game title would have an exlusive for a particular brand of console, right?  Then eventually it will go to other consoles?  I get that.  

In THIS scenario, Microsoft is the game producer and Microsoft is the platform.  The ONLY comparison would be if Microsoft said "If you (previously) bought your XBox on Amazon, you can play this game for 30 days before people who bought their XBox at BestBuy."

This should not be compared with competing consoles.  This shouldn't even be considered a comparable with hardware manufacturers "exclusives".  The OEM's are taking care of their customer base by spending their own resources.  In this case, we are ALL Microsoft's Windows Phone customers and it makes no sense to play favoritism within your own market for software/games that are after-market sales.

I did offer a caveat in that IF Verizon paid a lot of $$$ for this and/or committed to marketing it, then maybe there is some business sense in the plan.  I have yet to see any Verizon marketing, however. 

1ll1TERAT3 says:

I can't believe I have to wait another MONTH

kingkoopa09 says:

Most of my games I have run pretty smooth as long as I have stable WiFi that's the only time my surface gives me any problems

Brandon619 says:

Someone's gonna figure out a way to get it work for purchase on all carriers or Microsoft somehow messes it up.

kingkoopa09 says:

Yea it doesn't sell phones but it all about advertisement look how much extra push Verizon is gonna give especially with the consistent rollout of lumias coming plus it falls in line for when att is gonna push the 1020 everybody wins in the long run

Josh Harman says:

It could convince a Verizon customer who is a die hard Halo fan to switch to WP, and since Verizon is the largest US carrier it does make a little sense. Plus, its like throwing us Verizon customers a bone after seeing AT&T get so many exclusives.

Stanvx says:

Sorry if I missed something... Does this mean as an Aussie I need to wait a month to play on my L920?

No, only limited in the US.

Stanvx says:

Ah Great! Thanks!

AgentSplurge says:

Will it be available to everyone here in the UK as of tomorrow? If I purchase it right away on my phone will I have to pay again to install on my Surface RT?

cddigi says:

The wording makes it look like a worldwide release tomorrow. You willhave to buy it twice to play on both Windows 8 and WP8. From what I can gather, it does support cloud saves so you can stop on one device and pick up where you left off on another.

AgentSplurge says:

Thanks for clarifying that. Will be awesome to be able to put your tablet down and continue playing on the phone! (I am so glad I got a Surface and Lumia 920 now over iPhone!)

Balls. Not only do I have to wait 30 days, but have to wait until they patch support for 512mb devices.

Josh Harman says:

Should be around the same time according to the article.

Still an unnecessary wait in my opinion.

sicnus says:

I'm lol'ing, cuz now I get to read all the crying, while I'm getting ready to DL this on my Verizon Nokia Lumia 928. We feed on your tears!

Jack Larson1 says:

thats disgusting and unsanitary. 
:@

lol, the audacity

L2nak says:

The sadness is almost overwhelming :|

danj210 says:

It really is kinda sad. I took today off just for this game. This game is advertised on posters to come out today.

L2nak says:

Well I don't know about all that lol. But it is unfortunate :P

danj210 says:

Lol I did the midnights and took days off for all halos, this is np different! Someone was gonna upload a Verizon poster listing the dates.

Josh Harman says:

Will one purchase get it for Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8 or will it be separate purchases?

cddigi says:

I hope they managed to get controller support in the initial release. I'd rather play on my PC, but my Surface RT will do if it doesn't have it yet.

Po_MD says:

I do think they mentioned that controller support was to be added later. I'm not positive though.

cddigi says:

It was mentioned on the Giantbomcast the week before E3. Jeff got a preview for it, where they mentioned controller support wouldn't be at launch.

In Limbo says:

These exclusives (while debatably a necessary evil) are really starting to give me a headache . . .

dalydose says:

This one isn't even "necessary". It's a Microsoft game and Microsoft should be promoting the entire brands of Windows Phone and XBox. Verizon should promote Verizon, so unless they paid big $$$$, this is pure stupidity.

hysonmb says:

I hope it backs up saves to SkyDrive and we can pick up from where we leave off between devices. I'll get it on Windows right away but don't want to have to start all over next month on my 920 (or 1020 by then if the stars align).

danj210 says:

I'm pretty sure they did say there was cloud saving so that you can pickup on any win 8 device. Could be wrong tho.

Pause, Resume, Play is supported across devices.

Josh Harman says:

But you still have to buy it on each device?

danj210 says:

Yes, windows phone is not windows 8.

danj210 says:

No, that's too hard to figure out. Call Microsoft support and ask.

ebradley says:

I guess this was a concession to get Verizon on WP boat.

paras chugh says:

Can't the non Verizon guys just download it by changing their region settings?

aaa6112 says:

Change the region to what, Verizon? No, that is not possible.

paras chugh says:

I meant to another country but now i am seeing that it might be a US only release which doesn't make any sense as i could change my country to that and download it

Jack Larson1 says:

aaa6112: how about a place that is NOT in america. like canada. xD

wait; "No, that is not possible."

New update of Whatsapp available

iamoniwaban says:

Cool. But wrong article

Daniel, any news on uk? Is it a month wait, or a certain network exclusive?

danj210 says:

This is going around on the forum discussions also but the fine print is stating US only.

Paul Acevedo says:

We announced last week that it will launch worldwide at the same time as the Verizon version, so the UK won't have to wait.

Banstyle says:

Did you guys ever review Order & Chaos? It says it's an Xbox game, an MMORPG in fact. I never saw this before. Am I dreaming? I've never seen this game before.

danj210 says:

You must try it. It will blow your mind. And it truly is an MMO, no joke.

Banstyle says:

Looks like a phone melter. Games that run extremely hot detract from my experience. :)
 

WP7_Genius says:

Yes its awesome sauce, I play it religiously lol

Banstyle says:

Ah I see it posted 7/10. Missed that one. :)

Paul Acevedo says:

We have an awesome 2-part Order & Chaos Guide coming up on Thursday and Friday. Please check it out!

danj210 says:

Oh awesome!!! I will definitely be looking our for that.

WP7_Genius says:

30 days.....come on.....

danj210 says:

I feel ya, on one of the biggest games to launch on a windows phone and possibly even a mobile device.

matthoms says:

So if I buy this on my RT, will I have to buy it again on my 920?

Robborboy says:

Yes. Different versions.

jacob114489 says:

This is for all of you people saying should of gone with at&t instead of Verizon :)

Robborboy says:

It is only 30 days. Who cares? AT&T will always be the beat carrier for a WP device. But at the same time, the worst for service.

jacob114489 says:

Yeah, I wish I had AT&T for their product line of Windows Phone :(

Josh Harman says:

LOL
Only 30 days who cares?
You should read some of the posts above. Apparently, many care.

HM02 says:

Well we will have to live with 30 days...but you'll have to live with a knock-off crappy version of the 920, while we have the best and original. ;)

Josh Harman says:

Come on now, you know the 928 is an upgrade.

jacob114489 says:

Yes it is, but now they have an upgrade over us the 1020.

Will Spartan assault unlock anything for halo 4 like dead space ignition/dead space 2.

danj210 says:

From what I understand, yes it will have things you can unlock for Halo 4.

Amy clue as to what that might be?

danj210 says:

Armor probably, aside from that I have no idea.

Robborboy says:

And I still have money from the 25$ credit I received for getting the 928. So I guess,that means I get it for free. Yippie Ki Yay.

Never been a Halo guy, I like Gears of War better, but I been looking for something worth using my $25 app credit I got with my 928, I may try it out

For non-Verizon users, turn off cell service, connect to WiFi, and switch region to outside US to get this game tomorrow

Reid Whitney says:

Cool to see I was one of the first to send him the article! Quite excited for this game

InkabodCrane says:

AWESOME! I'll be playing this on the Surface for now. My Lumia 810 is not the best for gaming. Need to get that 925 ASAP.

Paul Acevedo says:

The 925 is a beauty! Spartan Assault will be awesome on the Surface (which I have now too).

electriclamb says:

If we change regions to download this and then change back(if possible for this game) would we get updates for it?

DavidinCT says:

I'm on verizon and love halo but, dam...$6.99 ? I'll just try the demo and if it's that good, it will go on sale...
 
$7 is too much for any app unless it's a high end GPS app or something of the sort...
 
And I still have $50 left in credit for getting a 928.....but, still $6.99 is too much..

danj210 says:

For the game plat and the content $7 is nothing. It's cheaper than a meal from Zaxby's and you'll get much more out of the game than the food. You've got that free credit and it's still too much? Loosen up a little this is quality and the game will continue to be supported. And $7 for a GPS app? With my native GPS apps and functions that's something I would say is too much.

Paul Acevedo says:

David complains whenever a game costs more than a dollar. You get used to it or tune it out.

danj210 says:

Oh lol. Well darn, sorry David. You're missing out on some pretty awesome stuff unless you buy them anyways. Sorry to here.

This is silly. This is rewarding people for having a windows phone but at the same time it is also throwing windows phone users under the bus.

Fndlumia says:

Yeah reward Verizon for supporting wp8 for so long..... Wtf? 928 so late to the table

Josh Harman says:

I agree that Verizon is not the best WP partner, but the 822 & Ativ Odyssey were available at the start of WP8.

Fndlumia says:

Ok, I didn't know that, cheers

My only concern is the size of this download. I don't want to hard reset my phone to play this game...

danj210 says:

Don't hard reset. Remove all photos/vids/music as you can put them right back. Use storage checker to make sure temp is clear and check your installed apps and games and see if you have any very large ones installed that you don't play or probably won't play after Halo. As well, check maps cause those can be reinstalled later as well.

JLP says:

Good suggestion...unless you have the 8X like me, with no storage checker Nokia app. HTCs "make more space" shows the sizes of various parts, but still nothing to fix that stupid and utterly annoying "other" storage issue....4.82 GB is taken up on my phone right now (sidebar: are you freaking kidding me?!?!?). So I will also be forced to uninstall a lot of stuff too just to install this. I couldn't even try N.O.V.A 3 or modern combat 4 because of this crap..

bolinbroke says:

man, need to upgrade my lumia 800 :D

Verizon!? AT&T and T-Mobile should've been the ones with the exclusive. Verizon doesn't care about WP 8 devices let alone Windows. Well I guess its 30 more days of Temple Run 1!! For me.

UzaiBaka says:

They pumped out the portico update and actually advertised windows phone. Please elaborate on how they don't care?

Go inside a Verizon store and act as if you don't know anything about WP8. They will gladly show u a nice and shiny Galaxy S4 over the L928. I know because I went myself.

Josh Harman says:

And I suppose AT&T & Tmobile wowed you with their WP sales presentation?

Actually they did! L925 was hyped at my local Tmo store and the L1020 look like it took over at AT&T as the coming attraction.

Not to defend Verizon, as they sold out to Apple and pushed back their WP7 support to get their hands on the iPhone. (Which is costing them a few billion now as Karma does.)
 
 
However, the MAJORITY of Verizon stores are NOT corporate stores.  They are local franchise owners, and get very little direct training or support from Verizon.

 
As an example in a city of about 300,000 people, there are 30+ Verizon stores.  However, only TWO of them are actual corporate Verizon stores with real Verizon employees.
 

Goodeye says:

Usually the way to tell is if the have a "technician" side of the store where they do all the troubleshooting and warranty stuff .

UzaiBaka says:

Asked my other storage if I can download this game...it just laughed at me...

Josh Harman says:

I wonder what time exactly? I guess I'll be checking my phone all day.

Josh Harman says:

Should be a midnight release like games on Xbox. Best believe I will try at midnight.

Games on Xbox usually appear around 5-6am but I'm EST. Maybe they are going by PDT?

danj210 says:

Usually its every Wednesday around 2 Pm

Ratman826 says:

This is some bullshit, I waited for a month for this and now I have to wait another 30 days?

WP95 says:

bout time us Verizon users get something nice from MS. Im one of the verizon users who got stuck buying the 8X back in november because nokia decided not to make a high end lumia for big red. bout time we get something.

MadSci2 says:

L920 on AT&T.
Suddenly I feel like one of those HTC Second Class Citizens ;-)

That's it, I am switching to Verizon. /s

cddigi says:

The part with the release dates has been removed from the Spartan Assault page.

macky360 says:

Just noticed that myself. I'm hoping the 18th was not a mistake :( I was really looking forward to downloading this tomorrow.

Dk92 says:

And with that, comes doubt that it will be released tomorrow. *sigh*

Bo says:

The only reason why VZ is getting this first is because all of their phones have 1GB ram. This was mentioned in an earlier article. When the game was first announced they stated that it would only work initially on 1GB devices and they were working on another version to come out to devices with only 512MB ram.

Manny C says:

Awesome, can't wait to play it when it comes to the rest of the carriers! Enjoy is Verizon users.
:)

xmarklive says:

Why can't they just remake halo 1 on the surface with the same controls as Spartan assault.

kingkoopa09 says:

It would be better if halo 1 was redone for tablets especially surface with controller support would be epic

spectre51 says:

Hey Ace, do you have any more of that gum?

Josh Harman says:

It's the 18th, where is my Halo?!?!?!??!?

Jean80 says:

Nokia exclusive - yay Nokia supports WP8 more. Don't buy HTC Samsung etc 
Verizon exclusive - f*** you Verizon

Being an exclusive may be a bit silly, and I can understand the pain of 920 customers. However, Verizon customers had to wait for a LONG time to get their version of the 920, the 928, and it was not just 30 days. 

 
** The other IMPORTANT thing to note is the udpated version that runs on the 512mb devices, etc is scheduled to be out around the time the 30 days are up, so it should then be available on more devices at that time as well. 

With the 520 popularity and the other 512mb phones grabbing a lot of recent sales, it may be the smartest thing to do, since Verizon doesn't have a 512mb WP8 phone to worry about, it can be a clean launch and then as the 512mb version is ready for everyone can be a clean second launch.
 

This is the problem with this exclusivity crap. I bought a Nokia because that is were it was looking like all the exlcusives were going. Now this with Verizon? Now it has to be a Verizon Nokia? What's next? Only red models? Carrier exclusive, manufacturer exclusive, its just becoming a giant pain in the butt. This is what I suggest. I get that these people shelled out cash to be exclusive. Charge those qualifying $4.99 or whatever your going to charge. Then charge the rest of us $12.99 if we dont want to wait. At least there is an option. We are trying to get this Windows Phone thing going and if your regretting purchasing this model versus that model, it hurts the OS in the long run. At least offer a by up option for the app/game for those that purchased the "wrong" model.

On a side note...this 3rd person Halo idea is a great thought for the phones and Surface. Keep it up and bring us a 3rd person Gears of War. Dont stop here Microsoft. Keep dumping money in. Its what you did with the Xbox and it paid off.

GunplaGamer says:

Any one see it yet in the store?

Xithryl says:

its back up on the trinidad store

Robborboy says:

Just checked, didn't see it. :/

Xithryl says:

daaaannng maybe they took it down yet again :P it was up there a little bit ago, I didn't purchase it though.

Loz Blake says:

Can't see it here in the UK yet :(

Xithryl says:

Actually I'm still seeing it on the Trinidad store. TT$45.00 This is on Windows 8 Store
Anyone know the specifics of getting an app from a different region? What are the downsides if any?

GunplaGamer says:

how would i change my region on my phone and get to the store? 

Ummmm...settings>Region

GunplaGamer says:

ok i did that and didnt find anything i was thinking i did something wrong, thanks i'll try later =]

Fishhouse says:

Kind of sucks it won't be on the Lumia 1020 when it releases. Poor planning in my opinion. It would be solid marketing to have an amazing camera and Halo on your phone.

It's kind of lame that Verizon gets the exclusive on this for 30 days, wasn't Verizon one of the late adopters of WP8?  I think it should be made available to all Lumia phones across the board.  This would make more sense considering the close ties between Microsoft and Nokia, and it would open sales up to a much broader base of customes, instead of the much smaller number of sales on Verizon for the first 30 days.  
However, if they are doing this to use Verizon customers as guinea pigs to work out the initial bugs in the release, then so be it.

Josh Harman says:

Nope. Verizon had WP8 right from the start.

Don't think it's releasing today

Josh Harman says:

I'd be surprised if it's not. Windows Phone and Nokia US both tweeted that it was coming out today.

Pelatz says:

512mb version of game to be released in August apparently.

TrustySnooze says:

Well the release date notice on Halo Waypoint is gone...

Well that's a little scary...

Like I said above, I don't think it's coming out today...

MrThone79 says:

30 dayz of pain...

Robborboy says:

Looks like today's release was canned. GG Verizoff.

Josh Harman says:

Its is an ominously quiet about the subject. Nothing from Verizon, Windows Phone or Waypoint today.

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