Halo: Spartan Strike was initially aimed for a December 2014 release. It went dark shortly after its intended launch window. This is due to the troubled online serves in The Master Chief collection around that time. 343 industries’ attention was required to fix the problems instead of developing Halo: Spartan Strike.
But after months of Spartan Strike’s absence it looks like it’s making a comeback. You can now download Halo: Spartan Strike on Windows 8, IOS, and Steam for $5.99. It won’t included a free trial in the Windows store like most Microsoft games do.
Halo: Spartan Strike is a classic-feeling top-down shooter. Spartan Strike is the second big mobile game in the Halo series. The first title being Halo: Spartan Assault. Microsoft has been on the app scene for quite some time now. But only as of recently have they released Xbox franchises on the accessible platform. Kinectimals is an example of this. This Xbox title is available on iPhone and Android.
Halo: Spartan Strike for IOS won’t include Xbox Live Achievements. iPhone and iPad users are getting an exclusive bundle instead. For IOS users Spartan Strike and Spartan Assault will be in a package-deal for $9.99. Spartan Assault also released in the iTunes Store alone for $5.99. Users who buy the bundle will save $2.
If purchased on Windows the buy will translate to all other Windows devices you may own. This works like the PlayStation Store’s Cross-buy method. Also, the Windows version will have achievements unlike its IOS counterpart.
Microsoft is eager to show players how these games aren’t half-done or throwaway titles, Like some application games are (I’m talking to you flappy bird!) . There are half-hour missions for players to complete in diverse areas. There are different vehicles to play with something true to the Halo series. A couple minor features included in the Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of Halo are throw-in Spartan Strike. These would be the Incineration Cannon and Suppressor. Microsoft doesn’t call them Spartan Abilities, but gamers get power-ups such as proximity mines, teleportation, air strikes and a bubble shield. Halo 2’s New Mombasa is the setting of Halo: Spartan Strike. The visuals of Spartan Strike are not bad at all considering it’s platform.
Besides having access to achievements and cross-platform support, Microsoft is giving Windows 8 users other Spartan Strike extras. Anyone who purchases Spartan Strike on Windows and already owns Halo: The Master Chief Collection will get an avatar for no extra cost in that game. Also Microsoft is giving out an exclusive emblem and nameplate. Microsoft seems to be putting an emphasis on cross-platform support. The Windows and Steam ports of Spartan Strike let users transfer their saves from one device to another. Those playing on a Windows can play Spartan Strike with an Xbox controller instead of touch controls. A worthy feature to the mix.
All this shows that Microsoft is starting to care more about mobile gaming. They never would have dared to release a mobile game with an AAA title around the corner a few years ago. This is a sign of where the market looks to be shifting.
You can watch the Halo: Spartan Strike Announcement Trailer right here. And see for yourself the console classic in mobile form.