By Frank Lucci ( | First Posted: Jul 18, 2013 12:10 PM EDT

A robed Master Chief traverses the lonely desert in the first trailer for Halo 5 (Photo : Microsoft)

Halo: Spartan Assault has been released by 343 Industries and Vanguard Games, and interested gamers should download the game quickly, because the game may not be available for long.

The game is only available on Window 8 phones, tablets, and PC's, and will require 1GB RAM, but will have a version of the game coming out for devices that only have 512 MB RAM available at some point.

The game costs $6.99, and the mobile version of the game will only be available on Verizon Wireless devices until August 16, according to Gamespot, so gamers only have a limited amount of time to exculsively download the game and experience the top-down Spartan action. The game takes place during the events of Halo 3 and Halo 4, and will allow players a new Halo experience in which players control units from a top-down perspective using a twin-stick controls.

The game has 25 missions for players to take part in, and has added motivation for completing the game in that the game has rewards for Halo 4 as well. Players can get bonus experience and even new Spartan emblems from playing Spartan Assault.  The game will also have an in-app store for buying extras for the game as well.

While the mobile versions of the game may not be for everyone, considering the amount of RAM required to play the game, the tablet and PC are definitely worth dropping the price of admission for. In particular, Spartan Assault looks as good as any similar game available on Steam, and at $6.99 is an absolute bargain as a standalone PC digital download.

While Halo: Spartan Assault may not be Halo 5, it certainly is the best spinoff game of the series (though considering the game's competition is the poorly received Halo Wars, which may not be the biggest compliment). However, Halo 4 is not quite done yet. 343 Industries is holding a world championship for the game, with half a million dollars in prize money at stake. The game also has new DLC in the works, set for release on August 20. That DLC will include new armor designs, steampunk styled weapons, and a few new levels thrown in to boot. The original Halo developers, Bungie, also recently made the news, comparing the enemies in their new game Destiny to the enemies in Halo.

Look for more Halo 4, Halo 5, and Spartan Assault news as the summer continues on.

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