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Microsoft seems ready to commit to its past as it continued reviving old franchises during Gamescom 2015 Aug. 4.

After presenters gave plenty of space to a new Forza game, a new Rainbow Six game and a new Crackdown game at the Xbox One press conference, Xbox head Phil Spencer gave a 'one more thing' to the audience in the form of announcing a sequel to 2009's Halo Wars.

If you don't remember Halo Wars, we'll forgive you. It was an odd duck of a real-time strategy game, a la StarCraft or Age of Empires. In fact, the original game was developed by Ensemble Studios, creator of the Age of Empires series.

The original Halo Wars was a cult fan favorite and remains highly regarded in certain circles, though it never reached the sales numbers of traditional FPS Halo games.

Ensemble will not develop this sequel, instead it's being handled by 343 Industries, who took over the Halo franchise after creator studio Bungie ended their exclusivity deal with Microsoft, and British game devleloper Creative Assembly, responsible for the very many Total War games.

Via: HippoPlaysHalo
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Halo Forge mastermind xXHugabearXx forged a custom Grifball level and game mode to mirror the infamous Harry Potter game Quidditch. Though, in this case players use jetpacks instead of broomsticks, but the rules of the Halo 5 Quidditch game are very similar to the original.


-Players are allotted three points for throwing the ball through one of the rival team's hoops, and one point for killing a player on the opposing team with a gravity hammer.


-The first team to hit 15 points is victorious.


Unfortunately, there's no version of the Golden Snitch in this game; and there's no assigned positions, but a team could definitely assign positions on their own. Players eager to try out this game mode in Halo 5: Guardians simply need search for the new level "Quidditch Arena' and the game mode "Quidditch."

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Color isn't accurate but it's still cool

Via: Installation 01 Official Channel
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Now we've just gotta keep our fingers crossed that this game doesn't meet its untimely demise with one of those damned 'cease and desist' orders. Although, at this point no such thing has been passed along from Microsoft. We're rooting for you Installation 01!

Via: halo_4game
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Halo Online is a new free to play Halo game for PC that's launching a closed beta this spring in Russa.  It's likely to be full of microtransactions and possibly be terrible, but the game is said to be launching in Russia in an effort to combat the rampant piracy there.  Can't steal a game that's already free!  There are no current plans to expand the game outside of Russia, but "theoretically, any expansion...would have to go through region-specific changes to address player expectations."