Halo: Spartan Strike released for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Steam and iOS
Microsoft has released its isometric top-down shooter game, Halo: Spartan Strike for multiple platforms today.
The game was developed Microsoft Studios, 343 Industries and Vanguard Games.
Forbes reports that Microsoft had originally planned to launch the game last year, in December 2014, but was delayed probably for a simultaneous release on the platforms mentioned below.
The game’s music score was done by the award-winning-musician Tom Salta, who also composed the music for Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo: Spartan Assault, and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.
The Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 versions of the game are universal, meaning you can buy it once on one of the two and play it on devices running either operating system. The same applies to the iOS version, which can be played on both iPhones and iPads.
Players of the Windows 8 version can take part in weekly challenges, in a bid to claim the the top spot on the leaderboard. You can also earn Achievements in the game, which will unlock an exclusive emblem, nameplate and avatar in Halo: The Master Chief Collection on the Xbox One.
Microsoft has also released the Halo: Spartan Bundle for $9.99 on iOS and Steam. The bundle includes both Halo: Spartan Strike and Halo: Spartan Assault.
The story of Spartan Strike is set during the events of Halo 2 and takes place in the port city of New Mombasa, in the year 2552. You play as a Spartan supersoldier (Spartan IV) armed with new weapons, abilities and vehicles. Your mission is to traverse through through cities and jungles and lead the UNSC forces against the Covenants and the Prometheans, in 30 missions. It also allows the player to control the Warthog car and the all-new Kestrol VTOL aircraft.
Halo: Spartan Assault is the first top-down shooter in the series, and was originally launched in 2013 for Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox One and in 2014 for the Xbox 360.Though Spartan Assault was released before Spartan Strike, chronologically speaking it actually takes place in later years.
To be more specific, the game is set between the events of Halo 3 (2553) and Halo 4 (2557). The game has 30 missions againsts the Covenant forces, which also gives some insight on the origin of the Spartan Ops program featured in Halo 4. You can customize your Spartan warrior and arm him with weapons and vehicles from the Halo series, and armor abilities.
Here is the official video announcement from Microsoft:
Microsoft is planning to release Halo 5: Guardians, for the Xbox One, on October 27, 2015.