Halo: Spartan Assault lands on Windows 8 and WP8 in July

The Halo franchise is getting its own touchscreen-based game, due out next month.

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The Halo franchise is finally getting a game built specifically for Microsoft's touchscreen gadgets, due out in mere weeks.

Halo: Spartan Assault is available only on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, and brings a top-down viewpoint to the popular shoot-aliens-in-the-face-em-up, as well as onscreen virtual controls -- though Microsoft will eventually add support for the wired Xbox 360 controller, GameSpot reports

The game will come out in July, costing $7. That equates to about £4.60, though I'm yet to hear about UK-specific price details. It'll work on Windows Phone 8, as well as tablets and laptops running Windows 8.

Spartan Assault is set between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4, and should shine more light on the bitter war between humanity, and its growly-voiced Covenant foes. For your money you'll get 25 missions, plus weekly challenges and a slew of achievements, while based on the trailer above, gamers should be in for some frenetic shooting action and plenty of colourful, exploding laser bolts.

With Microsoft building both operating systems and games consoles, these are exactly the kind of tie-ins and exciting offerings the company should have been offering Windows customers for ages. Ah well, better late than never, eh?

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