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Xbox One gives the gift of ‘Halo: Spartan Assault’ on Christmas Eve

Halo: Spartan Assault comes to Xbox One on December 24, a date known to many around the world as Christmas Eve. It shows up just in time to ensure that 2013 doesn’t end without a new Halo game available for Xbox platforms. The game – a top-down twin-stick shooter set in the Halo-verse – was previously exclusive to Windows 8 platforms following its summer 2013 release. An Xbox 360 version is also incoming, but there’s no date yet on that one.

The $6.99 mobile app balloons to $14.99 on consoles, with a bunch of new content added into the game in the form of extra missions, weapons, and the like. The console version also ups the Gamerscore payout with 1,000 Achievements points to be earned overall. The full set of console Achievements is posted now at Halo Waypoint.

If you already own Spartan Assault for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8, you’ll be able to add the Xbox version for just $5 more, as Major Nelson confirms. The deal applies through December 15 too, so you can still jump on a cheaper copy of the game if you want to through the start of next week. We enjoyed Spartan Assault in a general sense but lamented the keyboard-only demands of a twin-stick game. Gamepad support was later patched in, and the game should shine as it’s supposed to in its eventual console release.