After its launch party yesterday Microsoft has now announced that their Windows 8 and Windows 8 Halo game, Halo:Spartan Assault, will be released tomorrow worldwide.
Developed by 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games, the game is set between the events of "Halo 3" and "Halo 4.”
The game can be played through the eyes of either Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis stationed aboard the UNSC Infinity as they fight never-before-seen battles against Covenant forces.
The game features:
- Original "Halo" gameplay. An action-packed, single-player campaign spanning 25 missions in battles never before experienced in the Halo Universe, all played from a top-down camera view
- New and immersive storyline. An original story set between the events of "Halo 3" and "Halo 4," experience a new war with the Covenant, the first missions of the Spartan Ops program and the rise of Commander Sarah Palmer, all with best-in-class graphics and audio
- Built for simplicity. A unique fusion of touch and console-like controls for easy pick-up-and-play gaming, with the added flexibility of keyboard and mouse controls on Windows 8 PCs and tablets
- Integration with "Halo 4." Earn experience points (XP), all-new Achievements, and unlock emblems for your "Halo 4" Spartan career, with additional integration features available after launch
- Nonstop competitive fun. Compete against friends in Leaderboards or hone your skills against an onslaught of Weekly Challenges while collecting more than 40 in-game Achievements and Medals
- In-app purchases. Grind to earn upgrades or speed up your training by purchasing credits for boosts, unique weapons or armor abilities
- Only on Windows. Available only on Windows 8 PCs and tablets and Windows Phone 8 devices.
The game will retail for $6.99 and will be available worldwide on July 18 for all Windows 8 PCs and Tablets, and also for all 1 GB Windows Phone 8 devices, except in the U.S. where it will be available only on Verizon Wireless until August 16, making the game exclusive for around 1 month.
The game will require 1GB of RAM at launch, but Microsoft promise a 512 MB version is on its way in August, though they could not guarantee performance on those handsets.
See more videos and screen shots at Halo WayPoint here.