Halo coming to Xbox One on Dec. 24 with ‘Spartan Assault’

halospartanassaultHalo will makes its Xbox One debut on Dec. 24, as Microsoft announced today that Halo: Spartan Assault will be available for $14.99 on the new console in time for Christmas.

Spartan Assault is not a classic first-person shooter in the mold of traditional Halo games. Instead, it’s a top-down shooter that gives a third-person perspective as the heroes of the United Nations Space Command battle Covenant forces.

The game is already available on Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Those who purchased Spartan Assault on those platforms before Dec. 15 can buy the Xbox One version for $4.99.

Spartan Assault on the Xbox One features a couple new features, including an online co-op multiplayer mode, along with new weapons and achievements. The game will also debut on Xbox 360 next month.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is already taking pre-orders for the highly-anticipated next installment in the Halo series, which was announced at E3 this year and will debut on Xbox One in 2014. Kotaku had an interesting piece here about how Microsoft considered launching Halo 4 with the Xbox One, but ultimately decided to release it last year for Xbox 360.

  • John

    I will buy this game if it is released on disk. Otherwise, meh.

    • http://www.adventureworksstudios.com Alberto Fonseca

      On disk? That’s like only listening to music if it comes on a CD, and how many people still want to do that?

      • John

        You’re absolutely right! They no longer make any games on disk. Everything is now download only.

        Some people prefer to have physical copies of their games, just saying…

    • Ryan Parrish

      If you want to pay $60 for it then sure. Cheap games don’t get released on disc, distribution, printing, disc media cost, etc would preclude a $15 price tag for any game.

      • John

        Which is why the last two ratchet and clank games released at $30 and quest for booty released at $15 on disk… There is no reason they can’t reproduce the game on disk. A whopping $.03 for a case, $.12 for a disk. I think they can spare the extra fifteen cents…

        • Ryan Parrish

          It’s not just those costs, but distribution, plus the retailer’s cut, etc. By doing download only for small games the prices can be kept down by not having those extra costs. The reason for the premium over the tablet and phone versions is due to added content and play modes that those versions didn’t have.

          • John

            You still don’t seem to understand this. Just by having the name Halo they are guaranteed to sell a large number of copies. Without the physical copies, many consumers would never see this game because they wouldn’t actively be searching for it. Also, I am not the only person who wants physical copies. If I was, retailers like GameStop, FYE, BestBuy and the sort would have gone out of business a long time ago. They can easily afford to make physical copies of the game and keep the cost at $15. Easily

          • Ryan Parrish

            XBLA on 360, Steam, any app store for any phone or tablet you care to think of: these are all digital only distribution schemes that people don’t seem to have a problem with and bring in billions in revenue. Do you want your copy of fruit ninja on DVD too?

          • John

            Don’t be a troll, don’t be an ass, get a life.

          • Ryan Parrish

            I’m not being a troll or an ass. There’s nothing wrong with digital distribution. It works well, the best cases are phones and tablets, but it also works well on gaming consoles. The only reason they have disc drives is for practicality, since it isn’t reasonable to expect everyone to be able to download 40+ GB for Call of Duty. But a smaller game like Halo: Spartan Assault is much more manageable, hence why it can even exist on phones and tablets.

          • John

            “Do you want your copy of fruit ninja on DVD too?” Yes, being a troll and an ass. “If you want to pay $60 for it then sure.” Yes being an ass. I’ve provided games that were cheap and released on disk. I, like many others, want physical copies. You didn’t have to be a dick and shoot down my personal preference.
            You have been a complete troll and ass.

          • Ryan Parrish

            Wow, you have very thin skin to resort to name calling over something so trivial, video games. The Fruit Ninja question is legitimate. Where do you draw the line on physical copies and for what reason? Btw, they do have fruit Ninja for consoles, it just seems to me that these small games don’t need physical distribution, and when you start there, why do any games? The only reason I can see is practicalities of file size for some games, Bluray sized FPS games for example.

            My point is personal preferences about CD/DVD/Bluray copies are being trumped, though slowly, by better and faster digital distribution. It’ll take a while for physical game distribution to go away but it seems inevitable. The crucial part of that is better and faster internet service and more local storage or streaming options for that game data, and movies too. It’s already happening on PS4 and Xbox One. And as far as concerns of the games being disabled if you don’t have a physical copy, there’s nothing preventing that now.Consoles can already do forced updates, there’s nothing that prevents the developer and console provider from disabling any game for internet connected consoles, which is all of them now.

          • John

            Get a life, you know I’m right. You were being an ass

          • Ryan Parrish

            I work in front of a computer, so responding to comments requires little of my time. And no, I don’t concede just because you disagree and think you are correct, and you are childish to resort to name calling because I disagree with your stance and can provide backing to my argument. I know I can’t convince you of my point of view but that doesn’t make it invalid or incorrect.

          • John

            I quoted your exact comments that were making you an ass. It’s not name calling, it’s honesty

          • Ryan Parrish

            That’s why I provided clarifying statements later, to show I wasn’t being a dick or an ass. It’s still name calling whatever you call it.
            If I came off that way I’m sorry.
            My intent was to determine why it’s acceptable for download only content for phones and tablets but not for game consoles? That seems to be your position and I was trying to get at a reason why, other than just you want a physical copy. I see only one practical reason, file size for large games, which I’ve reiterated. We obviously disagree so that’s seems to be the end of the discussion.