Halo is blasting off again, and this time, it’s voyaging in a smaller vessel. According to Microsoft’s official Xbox news site, a new Halo title is in the works for Windows Phone 8 in addition to Windows 8.
The new game, called Halo: Spartan Assault, brings top-down shooting action and rich narrative to mobile as well as PC. The game’s story takes place between Halo 3 and Halo 4, and lets you take control of either Commander Sarah Palmer or the Spartan Davis.
“This is Palmer’s first Spartan Op,” Halo: Spartan Assault Executive Producer Dan Ayoub states on Microsoft’s premiere blog post about the game. “The story follows her first major mission after her transformation from an ODST to a Spartan-IV and gives more insight into the character that fans got to know in ‘Halo 4.’”
Halo: Spartan Assault utilizes a control scheme that combines touch with console-type controls. “We went through multiple control scheme iterations before arriving at something that we felt was perfect,” Ayoub says. “We designed a system that is adaptive and helps bring that old-school flavor of fast and frenzied twin-stick shooting to life.”
Palmer and Davis’ quests will seemingly be single player experiences, which begs the question or whether or not we’re going to see multiplayer (though Microsoft has already confirmed Achievements, weekly challenges, and leaderboards.) That segues into another question: Will we see the new Halo on iOS and/or Android? Microsoft isn’t shy about conducting a little cross-pollination at times: Wordament offers Achievements that can go towards your Xbox account.
For now, Halo: Spartan Assault hits Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 in July. Its price is set at $6.99 USD. Check out Microsoft’s news blog for a trailer.