Microsoft has finally released ’Halo: Spartan Assault‘ for all Windows Phone 8 owners in the US, ending Verizon’s one-month-long exclusive grip on the flagship shooter game.

The company made the title available for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices worldwide back in July, but there was a catch in the US, where Verizon snagged the initial distribution rights to leave AT&T and T-Mobile customers facing a wait.

The game is a big deal for Microsoft since it is the first time that its renowned Halo franchise has landed on mobile devices. The Redmond-based company and partners like Nokia will hope it provides another factor to persuade consumers to purchase a Windows Phone 8-powered device over the competition.

The game is priced at $6.99 and requires 1GB of RAM for installation. It’s been well received, to date, and includes 25 new missions for Halo enthusiasts to get their teeth into — although the most dedicated fans outside of the US have probably already done so.

➤ Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows Phone 8

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