Halo: Spartan Assault is bound for Xbox 360, Xbox One in December

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Tell me if this makes sense…

You’re a massive publishing company and you own one of the biggest and most-beloved brands in all of gaming. You want to create a spinoff game, a twin-stick shooter, for your popular franchise. You have multiple platforms both available and in development that it could be released for. So what do you do? You release it on the one that doesn’t support twin-stick controllers.

Sounds crazy, right? Yet, that’s exactly how Microsoft has handled Halo: Spartan Assault. The top-down shooter was released for Windows 8 tablets and smartphones back in July and didn’t include controller support. It was later patched in, but why not release a game like that on the Xbox 360 or the upcoming Xbox One?

Thankfully, Microsoft has come to their senses and plans to bring Halo: Spartan Assault to the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One in December. The console version will include everything found in the tablet/smartphone version as well as the “Operation Hydra” expansion and an exclusive online co-op mode.

Sadly, online play between the two consoles will not be supported.

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