Mirroring a decision to launch other Halo games only for Xbox consoles
Microsoft is adding 343 Industries’ developed Halo: Spartan Assault video game exclusively for Windows Phone 8 powered devices, including tablets, smartphones, as well as on PCs running Windows 8.
Reports reveal that it is the first game being launched by 343 Industries for touch screen devices.
343 Industries executive producer Dan Ayoub was cited by Engadget as saying that the game was developed to push the limits of phone and tablet graphics.
"In a nutshell, it’s a top-down twin stick arcade-style action shooter," Ayoub said.
"Really, a brand new way to play Halo."
The software major revealed that the game would cost $6.99 (£4.50) in the US, and it would additionally charge in-app fees if users wish to purchase upgrades for their weapons or armour.
Microsoft domination in the operating system market is due to its desktops and laptops, while it has a far smaller share of smart devices, posing a potential setback for the firm.
During 2012, Windows Phone only powered 2% of shipped smartphones, while the software firm is anticipating that to double to 4% in 2013.