Microsoft surprised a lot of people a decade ago when it not only released its first dedicated gaming console, but managed to succeed where even industry heavyweights like Sega had failed. It’s gained more momentum with the release of the Xbox 360, but we’ve yet to see all this new gaming experience really translate over to Windows Phone in any meaningful way; sure, there are plenty of WP games available for download, but a combination of not getting popular games from other platforms and lacking any high-profile “killer app” games itself has made this mobile venture a lot less gaming-friendly than the company’s consoles themselves. Could a new Halo title be what it takes to reinvigorate WP gaming? We’ll be finding out soon, with news that Halo: Spartan Assault will come to Windows Phone 8 and Window 8 this July.
Now sure, we’ve seen Windows Phone Halo apps before, but titles like Halo Waypoint aren’t so much full-fledged games themselves, as they companion apps for 360 games.
Spartan Assault is set chronologically between Halo 3 and 4, and combines the top-down look of Halo Wars with the sort of two-thumbstick control gamers are used to from the first-person Halo titles. From the sound of things, this one’s getting the production value we expect from the Halo series, and will be chock full of voice acting and feature cinema scenes to drive the story forward.
What do you think? Does this news have you excited, or is this too little, too late?