GAMES PUBLISHER 343 Industries will bring out Halo: Spartan Assault for the Xbox One just in time for Christmas.
It will release the game on the Microsoft games console on 24 December, following its earlier release on Windows handsets and PCs.
According to Microsoft the Halo spin-off has 30 missions, costs just shy of £12, and includes a new online co-op mode and the Operation Hydra single player expansion pack.
If you already have the game on your Windows machines and are still enjoying it, you can indulge yourself all over again on Microsoft's next generation games console for a discounted £3.99. If you want a piece of that cut price action you can opt-in by buying a Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 copy before 15 December.
343 Industries executive producer Dan Ayoub waxed lyrical about the console version on the Xbox Wire webpages. He said that the additions that include the multiplayer action are rather exciting.
Ayoub indicated that the online version will be playable only by Xbox Live Gold subscribers, and not cross console, and will pitch players against an old enemy.
He said, "Co-op will work through Xbox Live and will allow you to play with a friend. We wanted to do something completely new for the game that featured really crazy action against waves of enemies. For this reason, we're putting you up against the Flood!
"Players will work together against huge waves of enemies bearing down on them. The mode is heavily focused on teamwork and victory can only be attained by working together. Co-op is a ridiculous amount of fun, and people in early testing have really enjoyed playing it."
An Xbox 360 version of the game will follow in January. µ
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