Halo: Spartan Assault Coming to W8 Devices. Is This “Bootcamp”?

Microsoft and 343 Industries today unveiled a new game set in the Halo franchise for Windows 8 PCs and Windows 8-powered mobile devices. Titled Halo: Spartan Assault, the game is being designed in conjunction with Vanguard Games as a top-down twin-stick arcade shooter set between the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4.

Designed for fans of the series, the game spans 25 missions and sees players experiencing the earliest days of the Spartan Ops program. Players take on the roles of Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis, both of whom are stationed aboard the UNSC Infinity as they fight in historic battles against the Covenant.

In addition to the game’s single-player missions, players can participate against their friends in online leaderboards and partake in weekly challenges. Additionally, all experience points earned in Halo: Spartan Assault lets you earn new achievements, emblems and rewards for your Halo 4 Spartan, assuming you have that game.

Is This Halo Bootcamp?

As we previously reported, a mysterious listing for Halo “Bootcamp” appeared on the Korean Game Rating board in May. The game in question was described as a third-person shooter set in the Halo universe, and coincidentally (or not) so is Halo: Spartan Assault.

So, are Halo Bootcamp and Halo: Spartan Assault the same thing? Was “Bootcamp” just a codename for Spartan Assault? Game Front reached out to Microsoft to request some clarity on the matter, but they declined to comment.

Having that said, we’re going to go ahead and take a wild stab in the dark and say these two games are probably the same thing. Both titles are third-person titles available for PC, and both are set outside the Reclaimer Saga. Furthermore, Microsoft recently registered a bunch of Spartan Assault-themed domain names, but nothing related to Bootcamp. We could of course be wrong, but if we’re taking bets our money says these are the same game. Bootcamp was likely just a codename.

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