Windows 8 was released in fall 2012. Since then, it’s faced a lukewarm reception from critics and users – and ‘lukewarm’ is probably giving the story a more favorable spin than it deserves.
After disappointing sales figures throughout the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013, Windows 8 could be in for a strong last half of 2013. Microsoft will be releasing the mysterious Windows Blue/Windows 8.1 update in the very near future, which is rumored to bring back the Start button while adding other features that should make Windows 8 a lot more useful than it currently is.
But here’s another announcement that could give Windows 8 a boost: a new Halo game. Halo: Spartan Assault will be released on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 in July 2013 for $6.99.
Unlike other Halo games, Spartan Assault is designed exclusively for the PC and Windows mobile OS. You can play with a touchscreen device, or you can use a regular mouse and keyboard. The game features 25 missions set between the storylines of Halo 3 and Halo 4.
For years, Halo has had one of the most diehard fan-bases in gaming. With millions lining up to buy the next Halo game with each new release, some are predicting that this next entry into the Halo series could be the catalyst that pushes new users towards Windows 8.
Or it could be another train wreck in Windows 8’s history
Of course, many Halo fans are seeing it from a totally different perspective: they feel that Microsoft is alienating the vast majority of Halo fans by refusing to release Halo onto the Xbox, where it is most possible. Nobody wants to be ‘forced’ into upgrading to something that they don’t really like, but that’s how some Halo fans feel about Halo: Spartan Assault.
Anyways, watch the trailer above and, if you need to understand how some Halo fans feel about the game, browse through the attached YouTube comments. They’re not very friendly.