Remember Halo: Spartan Assault? No? Well, you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself. It wasn’t that memorable. Originally released for phones and tablets, it managed to be a perfectly competent twin stick shooter without bringing anything new or interesting to the genre, or indeed without expanding the Halo mythos in any particularly meaningful ways.
While it eventually made its way to PC, as well as Microsoft’s home systems, Spartan Assault’s microtransactions arguably attracted more attention than its gameplay. The commissioning of a sequel could, therefore, be considered something of a surprise.
As reported by IGN, the House of Halo (otherwise known as 343 Industries) is preparing to unleash a new instalment dubbed Halo: Spartan Strike. This arcade action sequel will take place in New Mombasa during the same era as Halo 2.
Halo: Spartan Strike is due for release on PC, as well as Windows phones and tablets, on Friday 12 December. While a version for Xbox One is yet to be announced, don’t be surprised if one bobs up down the track.