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Halo: Spartan Assault Is Coming To Steam

By William Usher 2014-03-27 14:44:02 discussion comments
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I was borderline tempted to lay down a few bucks for the isometric action shooter game, Halo: Spartan Assault for the Xbox One an early launch title for Microsoft's third-generation Xbox console, the Xbox 360 and Windows 8. However, it looks like I get to save my dollar-dollar bills for the Steam edition.

That's right, some pesky gamers spotted the entry of Halo: Spartan Assault on Steam, and it's not just some miniscule and vague entry on the backend of the Steam database app, oh no... we're talking about an actual store page with a countdown timer. The game is set for official release on the biggest digital distribution platform on PC starting April 4th, and here's the link to the store page to prove it.

Now there's something to keep in mind: Halo: Spartan Assault isn't necessarily new to the PC platform, it's just new to Steam. It was launched on Windows 8 alongside the Xbox One version. However, given a lot of gamers being averse to the new metro-style OS and even less inclined to purchase apps from its store, majority of gamers see Microsoft shifting Spartan Assault to Steam to make up for the meager sales across Windows 8 and the Xbox One.

Reviews for the game varied from good to bad and everything else in between. A lot of it seems to boil down to gaming preference (surprise, surprise).

Nevertheless, I would definitely be willing to support Spartan Assault on Steam if it means we get more Halo games on Steam. Some gamers believe that Microsoft may be testing the waters to bring software to the consumers as opposed to forcing consumers to come to the software. That makes sense.

I imagine this might also mean there is some measure of truth to the Halo entries on the Steam database app. Microsoft could have been setting up the infrastructure to add the games, but they want to ease in and see if it's worth the effort before going all-in. Or at least, we can hope that's what they're doing.

I would love to see Halo 3 and Reach made available on Steam, especially since it looks like it's more likely we'll see older Xbox 360 games making their way to the PC rather than the Xbox One at this point.

Interestingly enough, you can't pre-order the game right (which is quite odd given that this is Microsoft, a Halo game and early access/pre-orders are all the rage these days). This means that there's no pricing for the game at the moment, but I wouldn't be surprised if it kept the $14.99 price tag.

The game on PC doesn't support the drop-in co-op from the Xbox One version, but if you want a decent isometric shooter made in a similar vein to games like Crusader: No Remorse, you can grab Halo: Spartan Assault next week.


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