Earlier this year, Microsoft debuted a Halo-branded top-down shooter called Halo: Spartan Assault. The game was designed primarily with tablets and smartphones in mind, and Microsoft tried to used the game to sell Windows Phone 8 smartphones and the Windows 8 OS by limiting access to the game to those platforms.
Obviously, with Windows Phone 8 representing a minuscule share of the smartphone market and only around 5% of Windows users on Windows 8, the game’s audience was extremely small. Today, Microsoft announced that it is correcting this situation and will be launching Spartan Assault on consoles this year.
The game will come to both the Xbox One and the Xbox 360 as a digital download sometime in December. In addition to all the content found in the mobile version of Spartan Assault, the console versions will feature an online co-op mode, though cross-play between Xbox 360 and Xbox One systems will not be available. It also comes with the “Operation Hydra” expansion for the game.
The mobile version of Spartan Assault featured a tie-in with Halo 4 in which various armors and emblems could be unlocked in Halo 4 by playing the mobile game. It is unclear whether the console version of Spartan Assault will support these features, and it is also unknown whether the console version will have the microtransactions featured in the mobile game.