The United Nations Space Command’s team of enhanced Spartan military operatives is finally being dispatched by Microsoft to escort its mobile platforms to a place where their Xbox LIVE platforms have never been. In-depth first-party gaming.

Announced this week on Halo Waypoint, the new Halo: Spartan Assault games will not only be the first proper Halo title to make it to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 owners, but they’ll also be the first in the series to feature top-down shooting mechanics instead of first-person shooting. Just think, less of being the Spartan as with other titles in the series like Halo: 4 and more of the experience of just touch targets and shooting at them.

All things considered, it isn’t should be too far from what users on both platforms became accustomed to when they purchased or tried The Harvest. It also available on both platforms. Though it seems since its release in 2007 it’s either disappeared from the Windows Phone Store or isn’t available to Windows 8 users.

Halo: Spartan Assault will features it’s only original campaign that spans “25 missions”, XP and achievement integration with the last Halo title to be published on Xbox 360, Halo 4 and even in-app purchases so that users can quickly get through the game with weapons and utilities they wouldn’t find otherwise.

Microsoft expects to make the game available to Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 and Windows RT users this July for $6.99. While Windows 8 and Windows RT users won’t have to purchase the title twice for those two platforms, the Windows Phone 8 title itself will require users to purchase the title again.