Update: The game is available now — grab it here.
The hype has been steadily building for the arrival of Halo: Spartan Assault on Windows Phones and Windows 8 devices. Microsoft has been committing to a July launch ever since the announcement, and now we know exactly when it will be available: tomorrow, July 18th.
The official Halo: Spartan Assault website has just been updated with the following fine print, and some Windows Phone fans will either be excited or disappointed by what they are about to read:
Available worldwide on July 18 for all Windows 8 PCs and Tablets. Available worldwide on July 18 for compatible Windows Phone 8 devices, except in the U.S. where the Windows Phone 8 version is available only on Verizon Wireless until August 16. On Windows Phone 8, 1GB RAM currently required. Version supporting 512MB RAM Windows Phone 8 coming August 2013. Performance on 512MB phones may vary.
Yes, it appears Verizon customers will be the only Windows Phone gamers to get their hands on the first Halo game for mobile tomorrow. Actually we already knew about this, since Verizon announced an exclusivity deal about the game last week, which also revealed the game would cost $6.99. What we didn’t know until today was how long that exclusivity was going to last, and based on this fine print it looks like U.S. gamers will have to wait an entire month before getting to play what could be this Summer’s blockbuster mobile game on their Windows Phone.
But if you live outside of the United States, you have nothing to worry about…unless you happen to have a Windows Phone device with less than 1 GB of RAM. So for those of you who have more affordable devices such as the Lumia 520, 620, 720, Huawei W1, or HTC 8S, you’re going to be waiting until August as well. If you happen to fall in one of these unfortunate groups, there’s always the choice to play the game on your Windows 8 or RT device. Should you not have that option either, we truly pity your existence.
We have to admit, this hampered release makes us a bit less excited about the game, though we still expect 343 Industries and Vanguard Games to deliver on a quality title. How do you feel about Microsoft’s strategy to roll out Halo: Spartan Assault on Windows Phones?