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Halo escapes Xbox, invades Windows 8 devices

Spartan Assault, the latest installation in the Halo franchise, features two familiar characters from earlier games. 

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A screenshot from Halo: Spartan Assault, which will launch on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices in July.

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The venerable sci-fi video game franchise Halo has its sights set on the Windows 8 ecosystem. 

According to Microsoft, a new title called Halo: Spartan Assault will debut at some point next month on Windows 8 PCs and tablets and Windows Phone 8 smart phones. The game, which was developed by 343 Industries and Vanguard Games, is set between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4, and centers on two familiar series protagonists, Sarah Palmer and Spartan Davis. 

 

As opposed to the first-person perspective of most Halo games, Spartan Assault will be controlled from the top down, with the player manning a range of vehicles – including the Wraith, Scorpion, Ghost, and Grizzly – and soldiers in all-out frenetic battle. Microsoft has released some early screenshots from the game (see above), and unsurprisingly, they look pretty sharp. 

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