Halo moves onto Steam with Spartan Assault's April 4 release

Halo: Spartan Assault will take the fight onto Steam on April 4 for $4.99.

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Halo: Spartan Assault originally launched on PC last June as a Windows Store app. However, Microsoft is taking its most valuable franchise onto Steam on April 4, giving more PC owners a chance to play through 343 and Vanguard's twin-stick shooter.

Spartan Assault features a story that takes place between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4, centered across 30 missions. The game will contain Steam achivements, weekly challenges, and leaderboards. Spartan Assault will include support keyboard/mouse, touchscreen support with virtual joysticks, and controller support.

While the Steam listing does not include a price, Halo Waypoint indicates that Halo: Spartan Asssault will arrive with a $4.99 price tag--cheaper than the current price on Windows and Xbox Live

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    March 27, 2014 4:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Halo moves onto Steam with Spartan Ops' April 4 release.

    Halo: Spartan Assault will take the fight onto Steam on April 4 for $4.99.

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      March 27, 2014 4:03 PM

      Or Spartan Assault. It's probably called Spartan Assault, isn't it?

      Well, time for happy hour!

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      March 27, 2014 4:07 PM

      This is actually pretty huge news right? MS opening up, using Steam?

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        March 27, 2014 4:09 PM

        It's a step forward, at least. It may not be a traditional Halo title, but it's still the first time anyone can use "Halo" and "Steam" in the same sentence.

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      March 27, 2014 4:17 PM

      I'd love to see the Halo series on Steam.

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        March 27, 2014 4:54 PM

        Fuck yeah, I'd buy them all on PC in a heartbeat.

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          March 27, 2014 5:12 PM

          There was talk of a re-release of the 1-4+5 Halos ported to the XB1 not too long ago. I wonder if that would allow for a PC release?

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            March 27, 2014 10:06 PM

            I hope so. That would be awesome. I've played them all on console, but I don't plan on buying any of the new consoles for quite a while, and I don't want to miss out on future games. Plus, I loved playing the original Halo on PC - the others would be tons of fun.

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          March 27, 2014 10:32 PM

          the first Halo was on PC. was pretty fun online but the community was small

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            March 27, 2014 11:34 PM

            Yeah, I owned the original on PC. Pretty sure I've still got the disc around here somewhere. I was really disappointed they never released the others on PC.

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              March 28, 2014 12:08 AM

              Halo 2 was Vista only IIRC.

              Would have loved to play Reach on PC though.

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                March 28, 2014 3:45 AM

                No, H2PC plays on Windows 7 and 8 as well. It was a bad idea naming it Halo 2 Vista; thus everyone seems to think its only playable on Win Vista.

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                  March 28, 2014 10:32 AM

                  At the time it was released it would have been true, but as it's aged the name does make a lot less sense.

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        March 27, 2014 6:03 PM

        I'd buy them all.

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        March 27, 2014 7:48 PM

        I'd buy all the Halo games on Steam and the Gears of War games too!

        Throwing monies at the screen seems to do nothing...

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          March 28, 2014 9:36 AM

          I'd love to have Gears 3 on Steam just so I could play online Horde with my friends without an XBL subscription.

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        March 27, 2014 9:07 PM

        Yeah that'd be sweet

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        March 28, 2014 12:08 AM

        I'd love to see Halo Reach and ODST on PC.

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      March 27, 2014 4:42 PM

      Yay for Microsoft for pulling their head out of their ass and supporting Steam!

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        March 27, 2014 5:52 PM

        They have published games on steam before

        http://store.steampowered.com/search/?publisher=Microsoft%20Studios

        They also had Fable 3, age of empires online, and flight but they got pulled because of GFWL discontinuing.

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          March 28, 2014 5:05 AM

          I remember back when Fable 3, AoE:O, and Microsoft Flight were hailed in 2010 as "the pillars of Microsoft's impressive PC game offering".

          In March 2011, Kevin Unangst, then head of GFWL, put out this quote: http://www.shacknews.com/article/67756/microsoft-games-windows-live-had

          "The service started with the right intent, which was to bring Achievements, friends, multiplayer gaming and matchmaking in a really great way to PC," Microsoft interactive entertainment senior producer Kevin Unangst told CVG. "I think because it was designed originally as a partner to the console service more than the PC service, we had a rocky start."
          ...
          "We also didn't back it up with the most important thing, which is doing fantastic games to take advantage of the service. A network by itself isn't valuable--there needs to be great games to take advantage."
          ...
          "I think the underpinnings are great," Unangst said, "I think it's going to continue to get better."


          It didn't get better. Kevin Unangst's title at Microsoft now: Global XBox Marketing Director, Microsoft Studios.

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      March 27, 2014 5:18 PM

      It's a competent twin-stick shooter.

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      March 27, 2014 6:05 PM

      Also, could a official driver release for the x-box one controller be coming along with this? It seems that would be a perfect combo for Microsoft to make more money off their controllers.

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        March 27, 2014 6:21 PM

        For fucks sakes, seriously. Release the driver, I give you $70.

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      March 27, 2014 6:16 PM

      Damn it, I want Donkey Kong DLC!

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      March 28, 2014 12:07 AM

      Will be interesting to see if they bring more MS studios games to Steam.

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      March 28, 2014 10:46 AM

      I bought an original Xbox for Halo and played the holy heck out of it. 2 player co-op and 2v2 splitscreen were definitely the best part of that game. I camped at a Bestbuy overnight with my brother and took the day off of work to pick up a Xbox, Halo and extra controller. Oh it was so fun on a big screen tv and was everything I wanted in a FPS at that point in time.
      I'd LOVE to have all the Halos for my PC since the Xbox/ Gamecube/ Wii/ PS2 were the last gens I bought before I went back to PC.
      Kind of wish Bungie had kept it a PC title with Xbox release but oh well.

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        March 28, 2014 5:15 PM

        Except this is the RTS Halo, and Halo should stay way from RTS xD.

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