Microsoft has a number of blockbuster exclusives in its arsenal, but none stand as tall as the incredibly successful Halo franchise. Xbox owners have grown accustomed to the release of every new iteration in the series, but fans were disappointed when Halo: Spartan Assault bypassed a console release and became a Window 8 exclusive. Now, after several months, 343 Industries has now announced that it’ll finally be bringing the top-down Halo shooter to both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One in order to appease its console fan base.
Halo: Spartan Assault will feature much of the same gameplay that it did on Windows 8 devices. The story bridges the gap between Halo 3 and Halo 4 by throwing players into the combat boots of either Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis as they battle with Covenant forces. There are over 30 missions to play through, plenty of vehicles to pilot, achievements to unlock, and a wide range of environments to trek across.
While most of the original content will remain intact, there are also a number of new additions that are exclusive to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of Spartan Assault. First and foremost, the twin-stick Halo shooter will now feature an online co-op mode, as well as a handful of new co-op missions for those who want to play with a friend. The Flood is said to be making a grand reappearance within the new co-op missions, but players will be able to combat them with a wide range of exclusive weapons, armor abilities, and upgrades.
Both Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions will also feature Operation Hydra (a downloadable add-on from the Windows 8 game), ensuring that fans that held out for a console version get a little something extra. Halo: Spartan Assault isn’t scheduled to release until later this December (and a price point hasn’t been announced), but fans who’ve waited this long already can likely hold onto their hard-earned cash a little bit longer.
Will you be picking up Halo: Spartan Assault on Xbox 360 or Xbox One?
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Source: Halo Waypoint