343 has revealed that the official Halo ATLAS app will be coming to iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7 on December 10th. The app, which was announced earlier this year, is developed in collaboration with Brady Games and includes viewable maps that allow players to “pan around, zoom in and out, and view weapon, vehicle and health pack spawns and information. You can even tap on each icon on the map to get specifics about the type of weapon or vehicle.”
The app will also include the following features:
Weapon and vehicle spawn locations for Matchmaking and Firefight games.
Health pack locations.
Near-real-time locations for weapons and vehicles during Custom Multiplayer games.
Your location and that of your team members displayed on the map.
‘Follow me’ mode to track your movement (currently not available in Firefight maps).
Dynamic player list, including current score for the teams and each player and equipped weapon for you and your teammates.
“With Matchmaking games, ATLAS respects the ranked nature of gameplay by only showing weapon and vehicle spawn locations,” 343 said in a new blog post. “But with Custom Multiplayer games, ATLAS takes a more no-holds-bared approach by showing the near-real-time location of power weapons and vehicles on the map. So, if someone picks up a Rocket Launcher and later drops it, you will see the new location for that particular weapon. You will also be able to see vehicles moving around along with you or your teammates!”
ATLAS is compatible with any iOS device running 4.3 or higher, Android devices running 2.2 or higher, and Windows Phone 7.5. It will cost $4.99 on the App Store and Android Market, and will be free on Windows Phone 7. In addition to ATLAS, 343 announced that the free Halo Waypoint app previously released on Windows Phone 7 will be coming as a free download to iOS and Android.