Halo: Spartan Assault, 343 Industries' top-down mobile shooter, will receive an expansion on Thursday called "Operation: Hydra." The expansion adds five new missions and more achievements on Xbox Live, and includes support for wired Xbox 360 controllers.

Operation: Hydra has players investigating an intercepted alien signal on the planet Draetheus V's moon. Halo: Spartan Assault is available now for Windows 8 PCs and tablets for $6.99.
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Operation Hydra Brings New Gameplay and Features to "Halo: Spartan Assault" on August 29
The expansion to 343 Industries' first mobile "Halo" title adds five new missions, new achievements, and more

Spartans suit back up, because the mobile fight against the Covenant is far from over. Today, 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games unveiled Operation Hydra, the expansion to "Halo: Spartan Assault" available for digital download on August 29. Available on Windows 8 devices and Windows 8 Phone, "Halo: Spartan Assault" is the top paid app in the Windows 8 store since its launch in July and the fastest grossing Xbox Live title in the Windows Phone Store*. Operation Hydra adds five all-new missions for fans to battle through, including new achievements on Xbox Live.

Rejoin Spartan Sarah Palmer as you intercept a haunting alien signal after the destruction of planet Draetheus V, and follow the signal to the core of the planet's moon where you'll discover its terrifying source. Fight with Palmer and embark on a series of new missions and new environments as you try to unravel a mystery that hits surprisingly close to home.

The expansion also adds support for wired Xbox 360 controllers, enabling you to control Spartan-IV soldiers via the familiar Xbox peripheral on Windows 8 PCs and tablets. In addition, power weapons previously only available via in-app purchase can now be bought using XP.

Launching alongside Operation Hydra, a 512MB version of "Halo: Spartan Assault" is now available for download in the Windows 8 Phone Store for all carriers. A free demo version of "Halo: Spartan assault" featuring one mission and a gameplay tutorial will be available as a free download on August 30.

About the "Halo" Franchise
The "Halo" franchise is an award-winning collection of properties that has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. Beginning with the original "Halo: Combat Evolved" (2001), the critically acclaimed and record-shattering series of games has since inspired multiple New York Times bestselling novels, comic books, action figures, apparel and more.

Published by Microsoft Studios, the "Halo" franchise of games is exclusive to the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system and the Xbox Live online entertainment network. "Halo: Spartan Assault" will be released worldwide on Windows 8 PCs, Tablets, and Windows Phone 8 devices. To date, more than 50 million copies of "Halo" games have been sold worldwide, driving more than 5 billion hours of gameplay by people connected to Xbox Live.

About 343 Industries
343 Industries is the publisher and developer of the blockbuster "Halo" series of videogames and, as part of Microsoft Studios, oversees the "Halo" franchise, including novels, comics, licensed collectibles, apparel and more. 343 Industries is home to world-class developers working on the Reclaimer Saga, which commenced with the arrival of "Halo 4" on Nov. 6, 2012, exclusively on Xbox 360.

About Vanguard Games
Established in 2010, Vanguard Games develops high quality games for next generation mobile devices, game consoles, and PC. Based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Vanguard Games was set up by industry veterans Martin de Ronde and Michiel Mol (founders Guerilla Games) and Arthur Houtman (Atari, Disney Online), who played key roles in the development of a number of blockbuster titles. Vanguard Games' past projects include award winning strategy game Greed Corp and the critically acclaimed twin stick shooter Gatling Gears. The company's mission is to develop games that set new benchmarks for mobile and online entertainment. For more information visit http://www.vanguardgames.net.
*Based on revenue for first 30 days of availability of game on the Windows Phone Store

This article was originally published on Joystiq.