Skull And Bones Delayed Again, This Time To March 2023

Skull and Bones has been delayed again, this time to March of next year. 

It was originally due out in 2018 but then delayed to 2019. It was delayed to at least March 2020 after that, but things went quiet and the game missed that window. Then, in May of last year, Ubisoft announced that Skull and Bones would release sometime between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023. And now, it’s slipping out of its November 8 release date, which was only just announced back in July, into a new March 9, 2023 date. As for why, the team cites a need for more polish and balancing.

Kotaku’s Ethan Gach says sources say the teams working on Skull and Bones are burnt out. According to Gach in his Kotaku story, the latest technical test for the game ended on September 19. One source involved with the test told Kotaku that gameplay was more refined than in previous tests but that progression needed work as it still felt too shallow. Gach writes that this is a concern shared by multiple sources close to the game’s development. 

Here’s what Ubisoft has to say about the delay: 

Ahoy there, privateers. Our team is hard at work polishing and balancing the experience ahead of the worldwide launch. As a result, we’ve made the tough decision to move our release date to March 9, 2023. We’re very eager for you all to get your hands on Skull and Bones and dive in headfirst to the dangerous and exciting world of building your own pirate empire. To give you the best possible experience we’ve decided to take a little more time to make sure we can deliver exactly that.

For the most eager of you, we are also very happy to announce that we will hold an open beta of the game in the near future. We’ll share more news on how you can sign up to register soon, so keep your spyglasses trained on our social media for more news and announcements.

The last the public saw of Skull and Bones in a big way was during a July showcase, which is where we saw extensive gameplay and received the now-delayed November 8 release date. I learned a lot more about the game around the same time when Skull and Bones was Game Informer’s cover story. At the time, the team seemed confident in its November release date but given the history of this title, I’m not surprised it’s been delayed again. 

Are you excited to play Skull and Bones next March? Let us know in the comments below!


Dead Space Remake Promises No Loading Screens Or Cuts

Since it was first announced, EA Motive has had one ambitious promise for the upcoming Dead Space remake: that it will stay true to the original, while also being fully rebuilt from scratch in a new engine. A new blog on the topic has explained a little more about where the game has been expanded and modernized, and how Motive has tried to stay faithful to the original.

In terms of upgrades, one big difference is that the game will be playable as “one sequential shot,” as described by senior producer Philippe Ducharme. “From the moment you start the game to the moment you end the game, there are no camera cuts or load screens–unless you die. The Ishimura is now fully interconnected, so you can walk from Point A to Point Z, visit the entire ship, and revisit locations… It’s now a completely unbroken experience.”

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While many remakes focus on technical upgrades, Motive’s Dead Space will also be making changes to the story, updating and extending the lore of the original game to accomodate for details and characters added later in Dead Space 2, 3, and the comic books. Isaac becoming a voiced character is one of the major changes we can expect, but the developers have also promised more narrative side quests, and bigger roles for certain characters.

“Some characters who were a bit more secondary, who only appeared in audio logs, like Dr. Cross–we gave them some actual screen time,” explains creative director Roman Campos-Oriola. “And we wanted to give a bit more background and agency to some of the characters from the cast, like Nicole. So we’re creating a whole layer of narrative side-quests that will allow you to see, for example, what happened to Nicole during the outbreak.”

With the remake being fully rebuilt in the Frostbite engine, Motive have had to rebuild every asset from the ground up, promising serious technical improvements. One of the features that has seen big improvements according to the developers is navigating in zero gravity.

“There’s much more 360-degree freedom; now when you play Dead Space you feel like you’re in space,” said Campos-Oriola. “This also allows us to revisit some of the old content and create new ways to navigate, new paths, and new environments with new challenges.”

Motive also points out big technological improvements to lighting, volumetric effects, and to Dead Space’s novel dismemberment system.

Through all of the development process, Motive has continued to consult with a “Community Council” made up of some of the franchise’s most “diehard fans,” who have been allowed to see what the studio is working on and give their feedback. Motive has also been notably responsive to online feedback to development progress it has shared publicly, such as fan feedback on the audio treatment for some of the game’s most iconic weapons.

The Dead Space remake will release on January 27, 2023 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

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Major Disney Dreamlight Valley Patch Featuring Scar Gets a Timing Update

Disney Dreamlight Valley’s upcoming patch is coming in about three weeks.

The update, which also adds The Lion King character, Scar, will be coming this fall, but Disney is yet to pin down an actual release date.

“The next bug fixes will be released as part of the first content update featuring Scar, this fall,” they confirmed via Twitter. “While we can’t share exact timing yet, we are targeting a release in around 3 weeks.”

Although the developers didn’t give a definite date, they did confirm that this will be separate from the current Star Path end date. They also gave an update on what they consider to be priority issues in the game:

“Expect updates on the following in the coming weeks as we get closer to locking fixes: Preventing progress loss, Missing Founder’s Pack rewards, Console crashes.”

As well as these priority issues, the patch will also include over 40 bug foxes, such as PS4 optimizations, Lightning VFX, two quest fixes, Switch audio distortion, and an issue where rain doesn’t water crops.

Additionally, the patch will also add an improved photo mode and more avatar poses.

“We know it can be frustrating to run into bugs or issues, so we appreciate your patience,” they stated. “There are a ton of fixes coming and many are thanks to your helpful issue reports! Stay tuned for more status updates in the coming weeks and thanks again.”

IGN’s Dreamlight Valley review gave it 8/10 and said: “Disney Dreamlight Valley is an awesome life simulator that flexes its iconic characters to riveting, satisfying effect. Adding these instantly recognizable villagers to your magical kingdom and forging friendships with them through quests is a blast, even when many of those amount to mundane village errands.”

Want to read more about Disney Dreamlight Valley? Check out our Disney Dreamlight Valley tips and find out which expansions are coming soon.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.


It’s Like Next-Gen Monster Hunter, Except EA Is Making It

Gif: EA / Koei Tecmo / Kotaku

EA and Koei Tecmo are teaming up to create a Monster Hunter-style experience with Wild Hearts, they revealed today. A two-and-a-half minute debut trailer shows off lush environments, intimidating encounters, and some cool weaponry. The game also looks to be taking cues from Koei Tecmo’s monster-hunting Toukiden series, originally released on the Vita and older-generation PlayStation consoles. The new game is expected to launch in February.

The Wild Hearts reveal trailer teases an untamed world of vicious monsters, with player characters outfitting themselves with a variety of armor, swords, and weird magic-tech stuff that has a distinctive ancient-Japanese flair. It shows players sneaking up on the beasts in tall grass, flying above them with cool tech, and in general laying waste to beasts many times their own size. Monster Hunter fans will be right at home.

Check out the trailer here:

WILD HEARTS Official Reveal Trailer

In an exclusive interview with IGN, director Kotaro Hirata acknowledged the similarity to the company’s previous monster-hunting series, Toukiden. Experience building those games has laid the groundwork for Wild Hearts, but Hirata stressed that the “hunting, the battle system, the world setting, and the visual presentation” are unique to Wild Hearts.

If you’re unfamiliar with Toukiden, you’re probably not alone. Created by Omega Force in 2013, the series premiered on the PSP and the woefully neglected PlayStation Vita in Japan before Tecmo Koei brought it stateside a year later. Its sequel moved on to an open-world format, releasing on PS3, PS4, Vita, and Windows in the mid-2010s. If you were a fan of those games, this might be right up your alley, though the directors have stated that they’re hoping to reach a wider audience this time around.

Unlike Toukiden’s sequel, Wild Hearts will make use of a “zone-based system,” instead of a fully open world. The game will also offer three-player co-op instead of four, apparently for balance and the ease of not needing to find an additional player.

Crafting is an essential part of the experience. Referred to as “Karakuri,” the directors describe its in-world characteristics as “an ancient technology that allows for the creation of extremely flexible and creative hunting grounds.” Speaking with IGN, they were clear that this is a smaller scale than what you’d see in, say, Fortnite, when it comes to crafting.

The game has been in development for the last four years, but so long as everything goes according to plan, you’ll be able to start hunting monsters in this wild world on February 17. But on what platforms? That is currently unknown, though PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC seem the most likely destinations.


Hot Wheels Unleashed Leads October 2022’s PlayStation Plus Games

PlayStation has revealed the October 2022 PlayStation Plus games for next month: Hot Wheels Unleashed, Superhot, and Injustice 2

All Premium, Extra, and Essential PS Plus members can add these games to their libraries and download them starting next month, on October 4. You’ll have until October 31 to add them to your library. As for September’s games, which are Need For Speed: Heat, Granblue Fantasy Versus, and Toem, players have until October 3 to add them to their libraries. 

Here’s what PlayStation has to say about each game: 

Hot Wheels Unleashed

Collect, build and race in this fantastic arcade sim based on the Hot Wheels universe. Earn new vehicles then take them to the track to race side by side with friends in two-player split-screen, or face up to 12 opponents in online challenges. One you’ve raced, why not try and build your own course? Create amazing layout inside and outside the track editor. Ad loops, special boosters, obstacles and special elements to make an incredible amusement park for your races, then share your creation online for other players to try. 

Injustice 2

The creators of Mortal Kombat return to the DC universe with the biggest superhuman roster. Select from twisted versions of iconic heroes and supervillains and bring epic-scale battles to awe-inspiring locations across the globe. Take on other players locally and online, or immerse yourself in the story-driven single player campaign as Batman struggles against Superman’s regime. You’ll earn gear after every match to equip, customize and evolve your roster. 


Blurring the lines between cautious strategy and unbridled mayhem, Superhot is the FPS in which time moves only when you move. No regenerating health bars. No conveniently placed ammo drops. It’s just you, outnumbered and outgunned, grabbing the weapons of fallen enemies to shoot, slice, and maneuver through a hurricane of slow-motion bullets. Superhot’s polished, minimalist visual language helps you concentrate on the most important – on the fluidity of gameplay and cinematic beauty of the fight.

Are you excited about October’s titles? Let us know in the comments below!


Cyberpunk 2077 IS BACK, BABYYYY

CD Projekt Red has spent over a year patching Cyberpunk 2077, and recently, patch 1.6 released. Many game breaking bugs have been patched at this point, and especially for PC, Xbox Series X/S, and PS5. However, what seems to have relit the fire under Cyberpunk 2077 is Netlfix and Studio Trigger’s recent anime: Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.

Edgerunners was animated by Studio Trigger, the team famous for anime such as Kill La Kill, Little Witch Academia, and Promare. It was founded by the team who created Gurren Lagann. And, their animation is spectacular, once again showcased with Edgerunners.

Edgerunners has plenty of Easter eggs from Cyberpunk 2077, and draws deeply from its lore and world to create a story focused around Cyber Psychos. And – it’s popularity and success has lead to a reawakening in the Cyberpunk 2077 community, with many players coming back to a game that is finally near the state it should have been at release.

So here’s a rundown on the new-found popularity of Cyberpunk 2077, and how Edgerunners was able to breath life into the franchise.


Returnal for PC Seemingly Leaks, Includes DLSS and Ray-Traced Shadows

Footage of Returnal on PC appeared to leak earlier today, seemingly confirming that Housemarque’s roguelite will be joining Sony’s other first-party releases on the platform.

The leaked footage first appeared on Icon-Era after being uploaded to Youtube, showing off the options and customization of the PC version including ray-traced shadows, reflections, DLSS, and FSR. The footage was pulled by Sony not long after.

Assuming the footage is real, it shows that Returnal will receive significant enhancements over the PS5 release, which favored frame-rate over pure visual fidelity.

First released in 2021, Returnal was lauded for its originality and its actions. In our review we wrote that “the moment-to-moment gameplay of Returnal is sublime,” and that it never drops the ball on the story, but that runs have a tendency to last too long. Housemarque has since released a number of improvements, including multiplayer co-op and the ability to save in the middle of runs.

Sony has yet to officially announce a PC version of Returnal, but it seems very likely given the recent pipeline that includes Spider-Man, God of War, and Horizon: Zero Dawn. It would be another showcase release for the Steam Deck, which we recently covered in a wide-ranging interview with Valve.

For now, Returnal’s PC release date remains unknown, but if the footage is real, an announcement appears imminent.


There’s A Lore Reason Why Elden Ring’s Runebears Kick Your Butt

A Runebear, which might turn out to be a dragon-powered bear, attacks the player in Elden Ring.

Screenshot: FromSoftware

Elden Ring throws all manner of fiendish monstrosities at you, but few will make your hair stand on edge the way a Runebear does after it catches your scent. I’ve only ever barely killed a few Runebears in the hundreds of hours I’ve put into FromSoftware’s open-world game; I’d literally rather fight Malenia or, more realistically, run away screaming. The Runebears’ outrageous difficulty might have seemed like a weird, hilarious discrepancy at launch, but months later, we’re finding out that there might be a really good reason as to why they have such a knack for bringing us closer to Marika.

As dataminer Zullie the Witch points out in a thought-provoking video, back when Elden Ring was disseminated as a “network test” beta, players discovered an out-of-bounds Runebear. Curiously, when the Runebear was killed, it would drop a dragon heart. After Elden Ring was released, no in-game Runebear appeared to work this way, so most people kinda forgot about the heart thing. But upon further inspection, it seems like Runebears might actually have a specific connection to dragons after all.

Elden Ring – You can barely see this

Ever notice that a Runebear’s eyes match the reptilian shape and hue of a specific dragon in Elden Ring exactly? This might seem like a weird thing to fixate on, but it seems intentional. After all, dragon hearts do make the player more powerful. And larger in-game creatures all have names that suggest they got souped-up some way, probably via runes, but what if bears ran a different course?

One YouTube commenter on the video points out that the Runebear chest also features spikes where you’d expect a heart to be. They “look very similar to dragon scales,” Raloris writes. “Especially those on the dragon hearts’ icon.” I admit I was too busy mimicking a headless chicken to ever notice this fine detail. Perhaps it’s gravel stone? Let’s also not forget that what current Runebears do drop are Spelldrake Talismans, which depict an “blue ancient dragon.” For whatever reason, Elden Ring still ties Runebears to dragons even post-network test.

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Now you can feel better about your bone-deep fear of Runebears. They’re not just bigger bears, excuse you. They are dragon-powered bears, so of course they’re gonna toss you like it’s nothing.


Game Informer’s Fall Buying Guide 2022

Whether you’ve headed across the country and into a new dorm room, across the neighborhood to a familiar school, or you’re just looking to gear up for the fall, we’ve got a curated selection of tech, toys, tabletop games, and more to delight and engage the fun. Snag a gift for the student in your life, or just look into something as a reward to yourself for making it through the hot summer. We won’t tell.

Disclaimer: Recommended products are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company, GameStop.


For interactive story kids

The “My Fabulous Storyteller” is a bit like a kid-targeted interactive narrative video game console – but without a screen. The enterprising young storyteller can select from a variety of options for different stories, choosing things like the main character, where they’ll visit, and who they’ll meet, prompted both by audio cues and a backlit picture of the selection. The Lunii then reads the custom story out loud – all of which are delightfully narrated and acted out. Included 3.5 mm headphone jack, adjustable volume, and easy controls are welcome, but it’s the opportunity for the youngest family members to create their own stories that is the real success. It has 48 included stories, with countless more to buy and download. $79.90


900 Legacy Noise-Cancelling Headphones

For quiet studying

You’ve got plenty of options for noise-canceling headphones to drown out the party next door, but few offer this level of premium-level performance and style at this price point. You either love or hate the carbon fiber design, but there’s no denying it’s a sleek look setting itself apart from competitors. Supremely comfortable and with sound quality that is a match to more familiar brands, it also happens to feature superb battery life and simple-to-grasp earcup controls. If you’re willing to purchase for quality over a more recognizable brand name, you won’t be disappointed. $249


AT-LP60XBT Turntable

Start your vinyl collection

Under the wide umbrella of music fans, serious audiophiles often eventually turn to vinyl for superior sound. The gaming world has increasingly embraced this trend with a growing number of soundtracks. Audio Technica offers a solid entry-level turntable in the LP60XBT, featuring a fully automatic stereo belt-drive, a removable hinged dust cover, and the capability to play both 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records. This model also supports both a traditional wired connection or outputting to speakers or headphones over Bluetooth – a convenience for users who might need to take a roommate’s happiness into account. $219


Exo Scuf Cushion

Relieve back pain

Inevitable slouching is a hazard of gaming; it’s easy to lean forward or back into the controller, and end up with a sore back. This inflatable cushion aims to rectify that problem with a natural resting place for your arms and hands, and a wraparound fit that holds in place whether you’re on a sofa or chair. By adjusting the air-fill, you can nail your preferred level of support. It also comes with a storage bag for packing away or taking on the go. $39.99


Pro Compact Controller For Xbox/PC

Easy pack-along

Many third-party controllers go wild with optional bonus inputs, but few cater to the need for a smaller form factor – whether because of space needs or simply smaller hands. Nacon’s affordable wired entry does just that, offering 15% smaller grips and overall size but with the features you’d expect on higher-end controllers, including programmable buttons, trigger sensitivity tweaks, and textured grips – not to mention an included option for Dolby Atmos for Headphones. It’s a great fit for certain hand types, or maybe just that small carry-on bag you’re taking to school this year. $49.90

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Mega Halo Infinite UNSC Scorpion Clash

Study break building

Weighing in at just under 1,000 pieces, this awesome set brings the iconic UNSC tank to life as it appeared in the latest Halo game. Five included figures help you set up the perfect shelf battle diorama. The buildable rolling tank treads are a particular highlight. The set also includes an alternate split build for a spacecraft and smaller tank – albeit less rooted in established vehicles from the fiction. Will this Scorpion tip the balance of the war against the Banished? You never know until you try. $89.99


X-Men: Bishop Premier Collection Statue

Top-tier comic collectible

Whether you recall his presence in the comics or the classic animated series, few characters had the cool factor of the time-traveling mutant Bishop, back from the future to warn the X-Men of dark days ahead. Standing at roughly 12 inches, this defining take on the character features dynamic posing and an incredibly detailed sculpt, capturing the soldier as he strides into battle. $250


Beam (Gen 2) Soundbar And Sub (Gen 3)

Great audio, limited space

At some point in our lives as tech enthusiasts, we want a great gaming and movie sound setup without the space or logistics for traditional surround. Sonos’ space-conscious soundbar has output that belies its footprint, offering impressive, room-filling sound, Dolby Atmos support, and accurate performance for everything from dialogue to tunes. While a strong performer in its own right, upgrading with a connected Sonos Sub fills in the low-end with rumbling depth – just one of many additions and expansions available if you choose to go all-in on a Sonos multi-room setup down the road. $449 (Beam), $749 (Sub)


Balagos, Ancient Red Dragon Figure

Fantasy fare

It almost feels reductive to call this towering rendition of one of the Forgotten Realms’ fiercest monsters a miniature, but here we are. WizKids knocks it out of the park with this take on D&D’s most iconic beastie, the red dragon. The Flying Flame terrorized the countryside of Faerûn, but he can instead reign over your collecting shelf. Top-notch paintwork is apparent across an 18-inch height and nearly 2-foot wingspan. Pity the adventuring party whose dungeon master actually deploys Balagos onto the table. $346


Jurassic World: The Legacy of Isla Nublar

Gaming for the whole semester

Go back to the roots of Jurassic World with this legacy cooperative game, in which players work together over 12 distinct game sessions to build a successful dinosaur theme park. The bright and colorful aesthetics help the game pop on the table and recall the earliest days of the film franchise. Fun gameplay has you introducing new (and often dangerous) dinosaurs to the island, and solving for the inevitable problems that arise. New rules, events, and characters roll out throughout the campaign, so you never know what will happen next. Don’t stop to think if you should play this engaging adventure – it will all probably turn out fine. $120


L885 Electric Cargo Bike

Low-cost commuting

For tech-savvy students avoiding the painful pinch of current fuel prices, the L885 offers ease of use, a smooth ride, and an excellent alternative to a car for trips under 50 miles. High payload capacity and an included rear rack can house backpacks, groceries, or anything else up to a 400-pound limit. A low center of gravity from the smaller rear wheel and throttle or pedal-assist motor control maintain superb stability. Dual-leg kickstand, included headlight and functioning brake light, and seven-gear shifter are built-in options, and optional baskets and carriers (at an extra cost) can add everything from water bottle holders and cell phone mounts to kid carriers. $1,999


D&D: Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel

Change of pace role-playing

Wizards of the Coast offers up one of its most intriguing new role-playing experiences in a long while. The book details the Radiant Citadel, a magical city floating through the ether with mysterious connections to distant lands. But it also provides 13 short standalone adventures, all written by people of color to speak to their cultures and lived experiences in the real world but reflected into role-playing. The result is a rich tapestry of stories tapping into inspirations we don’t always see in the D&D world, and that has the potential to lead to some fantastic evenings of gaming. $49.95


Fighting Stick Alpha

Tournament ready

Responsive, durable, and aesthetically slick, Hori’s latest entry for fighting game enthusiasts is a surefire winner. The proprietary Hayabusa joystick and buttons allow for the aggressive use players will throw its way during match play and remain in top condition. Both are designed for professional level play, so even the slightest twitch or press registers – whether you meant it or not. Up to four custom profiles, a 3.5 mm audio jack, and replaceable top-panel art; this is a stick for contenders, and you’ll pay for the privilege of play. $199

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Star Wars: The Mandalorian Life-Sized Grogu

It’s relatively rare that you can snag a life-sized representation of a favorite fictional character. But when that character is around 16 inches in height, it’s an attainable dream. This excellent rendition of The Child is made of resin and features an optional Mythosaur skull medallion necklace and engraved nameplate. The expressive eyes are especially captivating. He’s watching you, so don’t threaten his dad. $250


Nerf Hyper Blasters

Aiming for fun

NERF blasters continue making strides towards ever-move impressive ways to pelt your buddies with foam. The Hyper line uses small ball rounds that can spit forth from your preferred Hyper blaster at absurdly high speeds – high enough that every blaster in the line comes with required protective eye goggles. Hopper feeds allow new rounds to tumble into place at an even greater speed, ensuring you can unload quickly. Great fun – but here’s hoping you enjoy picking up your scattered ammo! Starting at $21.99


Titan EVO 2022 Gaming Chair

For desk setups

Secretlab’s latest gaming chair is among the best on the market, featuring a smart array of ergonomic choices that help it to hold up to rugged and consistent use. That includes adjustable lumbar position and curvature, three chair sizes to fit height and weight needs, a magnetically connected headrest, and intuitive seat and armrest adjustments. In addition to a leatherette finish, the Titan Evo 2022 offers a fabric option – a relative rarity in the category. Highly customizable and built around longtime use and comfort, it’s stylish, functional, and professional. Starting at $549


Backbone One PlayStation Edition

PS5 on your phone

The original Backbone One is one of the best options for a controller to your iPhone. The new PlayStation Edition offers the same ease of use and ergonomics, but with aesthetics directly inspired by the PS5 DualSense’s sleek white look. It’s a stellar solution for players who enjoy the Remote Play app, letting you plug directly into your phone and start playing with basically no setup. And while it will customize the Backbone app with the familiar PS prompts, this edition still offers the same great useability across the board, no matter what game you’re hoping to play on your phone. $99

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Check Out This Awesome Nintendo Switch Bundle Deal

Although Nintendo Switch launched way back in 2017, the popular console hardly ever sees a worthwhile discount. That’s not the case today, however, as you’ll find a bundle that includes a Switch console and headset for just $270, down from its usual price of $350. Even if you don’t care about the headset– you might have a nicer one already, you’re still saving $30 off the list price of a brand-new console.

Best of all, the bundle is offered as a brand-new product with a full warranty. The seller doesn’t list an end date for the sale, but seeing as over 50 units had already sold at the time of writing, inventory could sell out fast. Be sure to head over and check out the bundle while you can, as this is one of the best prices we’ve seen for the Switch this year.

Looking for a few games or accessories to go with your new console? We’ve put together an extensive roundup of the best Switch games and Switch accessories deals available right now. So if you’re looking for a way to burn the cash you saved with the above bundle, be sure to peruse our list.

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