Halo: Spartan Assault” Now Available Worldwide for Windows 8 Devices

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Longtime fans and newcomers to the “Halo” franchise alike have a new way to get into the action against Covenant forces.  Today at the San Diego Comic-Con, 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games announced the worldwide availability of “Halo: Spartan Assault,” a new top-down shooter optimized for Windows 8 touched-based devices.

Available now for €5.99 only on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, “Halo: Spartan Assault” is a new chapter of the award-winning “Halo” universe that explores the first missions of the Spartan Ops program and dives deeper into the backstory of the Human-Covenant War. On Windows Phone 8, 1GB RAM currently required. Version supporting 512MB RAM Windows Phone 8 coming August 2013. Play through the eyes of either Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis, while stationed aboard the UNSC Infinity, as they fight never-before-seen battles against Covenant forces.

In the U.S., “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Windows Phone 8 is available first for Verizon Wireless customers from July 18 through August 16.

With 25 unique missions featuring unrivaled action and intensity, the single-player experience allows you to compete against friends in Leaderboards or hone your skills with Weekly Challenges. Replay the missions to collect more than 40 in-game Achievements and Medals.

For fans who already have a prospering Spartan career aboard the UNSC Infinity, “Halo: Spartan Assault” lets you earn up to 50,000 experience points (XP), and a unique emblem for your “Halo 4” (for Xbox 360) Spartan, with additional integration features available after launch.  Additionally, Fans who purchase and play “Halo: Spartan Assault” will unlock exclusive bonus content in  “Halo 4” Champions Bundle or “Halo 4” Bullseye Pack (available Aug. 20), including a new weapon skin, two armor skins and a Spartan stance.

In addition, 343 Industries has teamed up with Dark Horse Comics to create “Halo: Initiation,” a three-part comic series which reveals the story of how Commander Sarah Palmer became a Spartan-IV and leads directly into the thrilling missions of “Halo: Spartan Assault.” Fans can check out a digital preview of the comic here.

Available same day as “Halo: Spartan Assault,” the “Halo: Spartan Assault” Soundtrack (composed by Tom Salta) will be available on all major digital music distribution channels. The soundtrack contains 27 full length songs with over 60 minutes of music.