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Drive the new BMW M5 First in Need for Speed Payback!

Drive the new BMW M5 First in Need for Speed Payback!

It looks like games are starting to be the go-to for cool-car debuts!

So, today is the day that the next-generation BMW M5 breaks cover, and it couldn’t come any sooner now that someone took the liberty of releasing some images over the weekend, just hours prior to its debut. Well, much like Porsche did with the Porsche 911 GT2 RS at Xbox E3 during the Forza 7 preview, BMW has decided to do the same by introducing the M5 in the newest and upcoming installation of Need for Speed. The game debuts on November 10th and the M5 will be available in the game at launch, which is well before the M5 will roll into dealers next spring. Of course, you’ll still get to put the pedal to the metal first in the game, and let’s be honest – that’s still better than waiting months for delivery, don’t you think?

With that said, we have a new NFS: Payback trailer to watch and get a good look at the M5 putting in work while we’re at it. Of course, the biggest thing we were waiting on was the official look of the next M-powered beast, as we already knew that it would offer up 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, all of which is channeled through an eight-speed automatic transmission to an AWD system, yet another plus for this aggressive little sports sedan. But, what’s more important to note are the major improvements that come along with this generation of the M5, as it Trumps the previous model hands down in just about every way imaginable. It has a fresh suspension system that’s tuned for everyday driving and track use via the drive mode selector, variable damper control, impressive performance credentials, and a top speed of 189 mph if you opt for the M Driver’s Package. Let’s venture into a little comparison below to see how it really stacks up to that old M5 sitting in your driveway!

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Next Need for Speed Trailer Released; BMW M5 Face Exposed

Next Need for Speed Trailer Released; BMW M5 Face Exposed

And, we’ve only got four months to wait

Just a couple of weeks ago, we brought you the news about a new installment to the Need for Speed franchise that promised better police chases, an offline mode, and even daytime gameplay. More importantly, we’ll actually be able to pause the game for the first time since its reboot – that in itself is enough to pop champagne bottles and make it rain, right? Well, now we’re getting a look at the first official trailer and, needless to say, there are a few surprises. As promised, it does look like there are daytime gameplay and wicked police chases, but it also looks like it’s leaning a bit toward aFast and Furious-type storyline. The new game is being called “Need for Speed: Payback” and is apparently about building the perfect ride and “playing out an action driving fantasy.”

The game will be released on November 10, 2017, and those who preorder will receive the platinum car pack that includes a 2008 Nissan 350Z, 1967 Chevy Camaro SS, 1969 Dodge Charger R/T, 2016 Ford F-150 Raptor, and a 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport. But, this isn’t the only surprise that comes along with the announcement of the latest NFS game. The trailer gives us a quick but definite glimpse at the upcoming BMW M5. We only get to see the face for just a second, but it’s enough to tease us that much more.

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Fill Those Nitrous Tanks: A New 'Need for Speed' Game is Coming

Fill Those Nitrous Tanks: A New ’Need for Speed’ Game is Coming

And it seriously addresses everything that’s wrong with the current game!

When Ghost Games, a division of EA Games, announced a reboot for the Need for Speed franchise, gamers everywhere rejoiced like Jesus was coming back. Memories of relentless police chases, in-depth storylines, and car customization flashed through our minds at high speed. When the game finally hit shelves, there’s no denying that it was pretty awesome, but it had some serious flaws. The most ridiculous flaw had to be the “always online” nature of the game in that you couldn’t play an actual single-player campaign and couldn’t even pause a game – not for your mother, not to let the dog out, and not for the end of the world. And, there was another big flaw – the police chases just weren’t as good as they should have been. It was actually difficult to get your heat level up there enough to have a damn good chase. All of that is about to change, however, with a new installment of our favorite franchise. And, the best part is, it’ll be on the shelves in time for Christmas.

See, Ghost Games and EA have actually listened to the fans and is addressing all of the concerns with the next installment. We have very little to go on at the current time, but a recent newsletter promises better police chases and a single player mode where you don’t have to be online or interact with other players. After all, there’s nothing worse than busting your thumbs on a difficult race 15 times just to have a player from across the world jump in front of you and ruin it all just seconds before you win, right? And, don’t worry about losing your ability to customize your rides, either, as the newsletter promises that the “customization will play as strong a role as ever.” The most interesting thing of all, though, is the single teaser image that depicts a world that is lit by the sun. That’s right; we might not be stuck in the moonlight any longer.

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Need for Speed No Limits Launches Devil's Run Challenge

Need for Speed No Limits Launches Devil’s Run Challenge

A 1995 Lamborghini Diablo SuperVeloce is up for grabs

Hot on the heels of Real Racing’s Evolution of Jaguar update, another auto racing mobile game is offering an iconic supercar as a prize on its own update. This one comes by way of Need for Speed No Limits and its new Devil’s Run expansion update that includes several challenges that not only allows gamers to win in-game cash, but more importantly, a 1995 Lamborghini Diablo SuperVeloce, among other prized exotic beauties.

The Devil’s Run expansion will feature several different challenges that will be rolled out in the next six weeks. The first of these challenges will drop tomorrow, August 12 and will run until next Tuesday, August 16, giving gamers a total of five days to race their way from 100th place to 1st in an underground road rally. Those who accomplish this task will win the 1995 Diablo SV and in-game cash.

Those who miss out on scoring the Diablo SV will still have two more opportunities to take home a virtual supercar. It’s not going to be the Lamborghini anymore, but those who win the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Fastlane Series that will take place from August 23 to 28 will get a chance to win a Jaguar F-Type and those who win the Ford GT Fastlane Series from September 6 to 11 will obviously be treated to a Ford GT.

In addition to the challenges, the new NFS No Limits update will also include new features tacked on into the game. For instance, police cars in the game will now carry an Electro Static Field that can stop racers dead in their tracks. Likewise, in-game achievements by players will also come with rewards from the missions feature.

The Devil’s Run expansion is already live and can be downloaded on the Apple App Store and Google Play. In case there are still players there in need of convincing, a teaser trailer of the update is also available for public consumption.

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New Need For Speed Game Scheduled For 2017 Launch

New Need For Speed Game Scheduled For 2017 Launch

Video game franchise leaves behind annual release schedule

Avid fans of the Need for Speed video game franchise now have something new to look forward to. Developer Ghost Games has just announced that the follow up to 2015’s rebooted Need For Speed has been scheduled for a 2017 release date. Neither Ghost Games nor publisher Electronic Arts have released details about the new game, but you can expect both studios to be extra careful with how the game will be packed in light of the ongoing upheaval surrounding the long-running racing game franchise.

It’s been known in the video game circles that the 2015 reboot marked a major turning point for the franchise. Gone are the days when fans expected a new game every year. That kind of schedule worked for a time as developers were able to tap into a variety of formats to satiate the appetite of gamers. Titles like Need for Speed: ProStreet featured street racing whereas games like Need For Speed: Shift had a touring-car simulation style. The franchise also tapped into the tuner-focused scene and the tried-and-tested police chase-styler racing. Eventually, the franchise itself became stagnant, forcing developers to take a step back and reboot the whole franchise with the release of Need For Speed in 2015.

Accompanying the release appears to be a new strategy of leaving behind the annual schedule that a lot of people point to as being one of the major reasons behind the so-called franchise burnout. So the next game, which has yet to find a name, isn’t scheduled to be released until 2017. Only time will tell if this new strategy turns out well for both Ghost Games and Electronic Arts, but whether it does or not, the extended time between the release of games should give games enough time to get their fill of the current titles.

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"Need For Speed" Full List Of Cars Revealed

"Need For Speed" Full List Of Cars Revealed

On November 3rd, the rebooted Need for Speed will launch, and it’s shaping up to be the best NFS release yet. So far, we’ve been teased with the debut of the 2016 BMW M2, and an awesome looking car customization platform that might be the best of any car game yet. Now, EA Games has released the full list of cars that will be in the game at launch, and it includes key vehicles from BMW, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Porsche and even Volvo.

Starting at the top, we have the Acura RSX-S. Selections from BMW include the M2, M3 E46, M3 E92, M3 Evolution II E30, and the M4. Chevy options are limited to the Camaro Z28 and Z06 Corvette, and Dodge models include the Challenger SRT8 and the SRT Viper. If you’re a Ferrari fan, you can choose between the 458 Italia and the F40, while Ford fans get the Focus RS and four iterations of the Mustang, including the Boss 302, Fox Body and Mustang GT. Honda brings the Civic Type-R, NSX Type R and S2000, while offerings from Mazda include the 1996 and 2015 MX-5 Miata, as well as the RX-7 Spirit R.

Further down the list is the McLaren 570S, Mercedes-AMG GT, and Mitsubishi Lancer EVO MR. Nissan has a huge list of its own, including the Silvia Spec-R, 180SX Type X, Fairlady 240ZG, GT-R Premium, and three other variants of Godzilla, including the 1993 and 1999 GT-R V-Spec and the Skyline GT-R KPGC10. From Porsche, there are four variations of the 911: the 991 and 993 Carrera S, Carrera RSR 2.8, and the GT3 RS. For the more conservative players, there’s the Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ Premium, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The Subaru Impreza WRX STI and Volvo 242 will also be options, along with three offerings from Toyota that include the Sprinter GT Apex, Supra SZ-R, and GT86.

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BMW M2 Stars In New Need For Speed Trailer: Video

BMW M2 Stars In New Need For Speed Trailer: Video

A lot of us have been desperately waiting for the release of the 2016 BMW M2. What’s not to love about it? A 3.0-liter, inline-six that puts out 365 horsepower, a six-speed manual transmission, a 4.4-second sprint to 60 mph, and a top speed of 155 mph – it’s everything a Bimmer enthusiast could want. Its release isn’t scheduled until early 2016, but thanks to the newest addition to the Need for Speed franchise, gamers will get a chance to see just what the M2 can do before the car even makes it to the dealership.

In the newest trailer video for Need for Speed, the new M2 makes its debut, and boy is she beautiful. The video is barely a minute long, but in that minute, the M2 shows its other M-series siblings just what it is made of. According to the video description, the M2 is available from the start of the game and plays a significant role throughout the game’s storyline as well. The M2 is rumored to be priced around $51,000 when it is released here in the U.S., so you better plan on spending just about every bit of startup cash you have to start with it in the game, but that’s okay. With the M2’s specs, it won’t take long at all to build up a bankroll and hit that customization garage they teased us with a couple weeks ago. I can’t wait. How about you?

Need For Speed will be released on November 3rd, 2015.

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Need for Speed Offers Cars & Customization: Video

Need for Speed Offers Cars & Customization: Video

We were graced with the Need for Speed franchise back in 1994. Back then the game was relatively simple and predictable. Choose from one of a few cars, and race similar cars around the track. The game went on that way until we got Need for Speed: High Stakes. Now this game was the first in the series to offer some kind of car customization, allowing players to customize the body of the vehicle. With each addition to the game series, car customization slowly evolved into something that was almost as fun to do as playing the game itself. If you’re like me and like to spend just as much time making your digital garage your very own, you’re going to salivate constantly watching this teaser video – and that’s certainly what it is – for the newest release of Need for Speed that is scheduled to drop on November 3rd.

Right away, we see some familiar options, like changing paint colors or adding various decals. But as the video goes on, we see that you can customize so much of the car that it is almost ridiculous. You can change out your mirrors, customize your trunk lid, fenders, rear quarters even the tail lights. We’re not talking customization like you see in Grand Theft Auto, for instance, but something out of this world. Similar to recent releases of Forza Motor Sports, you can change out engine components like the camshafts or things like the ECU.

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Need for Speed: Your Story Line

Need for Speed: Your Story Line

It’s normal for details of big-name video games to come out just a bit at a time, and EA’s reboot of the Need for Speed franchise certainly qualifies as a big name. So we’ve been getting a bit here and bit there, mostly about the game’s mechanics for modifying cars, as well as generous helpings of some genuinely impressive graphics. With this latest trailer, we get a look at how all of this fits into the Need for Speed world. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say how it fits into the real world, because several real-world automotive personalities show up in the game.

There have been a lot of Porsche 911s in the trailers thus far, and this one continues the trend, but now we know why. Both Magnus Walker and Nakai-san of Rauh-Welt Begriff (RWB) are in the game, and both are big names in aftermarket Porsches, even if that fame sometimes comes in the form of negative attention. Another personality you’ll recognize is Ken Block, who appears to have brought his “Hoonicorn” 1965 Ford Mustang Gymkhana 7 with him as well. Morohoshi-san shows up too, and so does the Risky Devil crew, so you’ll be in good company.
In fact, you have to "satisfy" all of these personalities in their respective specialties to progress.

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Need for Speed Official E3 Trailer: Video

Need for Speed Official E3 Trailer: Video

The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is never anything short of massively important for anyone heavily invested in video games. This year was even better than most, and for fans of the Need for Speed franchise, this meant a much better look at the new series reboot. There was a short teaser released not long ago that showed some pretty impressive graphics and some police chases, and this new video treats us to more of all of this. It always looks like it just finished raining in everything we’ve seen so far from the game, but the wet pavement and water droplets on the cars looks excellent in the in-engine graphics, so we won’t complain.

The game is a reboot for the series, and isn’t a direct sequel to anything we’ve seen before, although EA has already confirmed that it will have quite a bit in common with the Underground series of NFS games. Because of the reboot, the game shares its name with the original 1994 game. Only time will tell if that will get confusing. But if it’s half as much fun to play as it looks like it will be, a little confusion is excusable.

The big thing that we know about the game is that there will be five different ways to progress through it, called Speed, Build, Crew, Style and Outlaw. These will overlap, and you will work your way through some more quickly than others depending on your playing style. It seems that there will be a lot of room for different styles as well, since this will be an open world game, and quite a big one too, reportedly twice the size of the world from Rivals.

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Need for Speed Reboot Announced For This Fall

Need for Speed Reboot Announced For This Fall

Fans of the Need For Speed franchise have had a rough year. It has been about that long since news came out that Ghost Games, the Swedish studio that has been handling the NFS games for EA since 2013’s Need For Speed Rivals, was laying off staff and that the layoffs would mean a delay on the next title. But now we finally have word that a new title will be brought out in the fall, called simply: Need For Speed. EA is calling this a “reboot,” which explains the return of the original name, although it isn’t explained in what other way this is a reboot.

There have been a few images so far, a couple of an older Porsche 911, a new Mustang and a Nissan 180SX, all of them with visible modifications. There is also a short video clip showing these cars racing and fleeing from the cops. Pretty standard Need For Speed stuff, and it looks like there will be some impressive graphics as well. More information is said to be coming next month, which we assume will include a longer trailer.

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Need for Speed: No Limits - Official Gameplay Teaser: Video

Need for Speed: No Limits - Official Gameplay Teaser: Video

Wipe all that cheese dust from your grimey little fingers, because the new Need for Speed is coming to mobile and you’re gonna want it. iPhone, iPad, and Android device owners are expected to get a crack at this arcadey street racer sometime this year, and judging from the new gameplay teaser, the visuals are simply spectacular — certainly beyond the norm for the platform.

Responsible for all that gorgeous, nitrous-fueled hooliganism is EA subsidiary Firemonkeys Studios, also known for the mobile-based Real Racing 3. This is the second trailer we’ve seen for the game, with the first released on November 20th, 2014, featuring the inimitable Ken Block hanging out in his Hoonicorn gymkhana Mustang.

According to a recent Twitter post, Need for Speed: No Limits will be free to download, with the requisite optional in-game purchases sprinkled throughout. Expect the usual NFS experience: collect cars from a wide range of manufacturers, customize, slingshot through traffic, do battle with the police and rival racers, and spit copious blue flames from the exhaust. You are a master of physics, and glory is only awarded to those who keep the loud pedal buried. Anyone looking to perfect their apex and trail braking are advised to look elsewhere — this is about maximizing air time, not grip.

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Video: "Need for Speed No Limits" Trailer

Video: "Need for Speed No Limits" Trailer

Ken Block has had a lot of airtime in our pages this week. Gymkhana 7 was released earlier this week and we’re proud to admit that it’s been on an endless loop on at least one of our computers. Yay for Block! Double Yay for Gymkhana 7! But Gymkhana 7 isn’t the only thing Block is promoting these days. The pro rally driver has also partnered with game developer Electronic Arts to hype the latter’s new Need for Speed game, No Limits.

Exclusively available in smartphones and tablets, Need for Speed No Limits is being developed by Firemonkeys, the same studio behind the highly successful racing app Real Racing. Now the two developers are partnering to build No Limits with the hopes of turning it into the mobile equivalent of its legendary video games.

It’s got high expectations to meet, but we’re confident that EA and Firemonkeys are more than capable of delivering a product we’ll enjoy. They’ve worked together in the past to bring Need for Speed games into the growing world of mobile entertainment so this latest venture shouldn’t be a problem for them.

Besides, they have Block in the fold to offer some tips on how to drive like a maniac and look good doing it. Maybe we can even see some kind of Gymkhana feature on the game! That’s unlikely, but we can dream, right?

For now, check out the first trailer of Need for Speed No Limits, featuring Ken Block sitting inside his bonkers 1965 Ford Mustang Gymkhana 7 and giving us a sneak peek on what we can expect from the upcoming game.

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GTA Spano Now Available in "Need for Speed Rivals"

GTA Spano Now Available in "Need for Speed Rivals"

A month after it was announced that the Spanish supercar was also making an appearance at the new Need for Speed movie, the Spano is making it 2 out of 2 for the Need for Speed franchise. It’s a great way for the Spano to get some much-needed publicity after being largely in the shadows of more popular competitors. But one thing we do know is that the Spano is all sorts of ridiculous and it deserves its turn in the spotlight.

Being in the new Need for Speed game accomplishes that. It’s not so much the fact that the franchise is one of the most popular and successful video games in history, having sold 150 million copies in its long and storied existence, but it’s also how NFS has managed to successfully cross over into other media platforms, like the NFS movie that’s scheduled to hit theaters this week. And guess what; the Spano is one of the main supercars featured in the film.

The Spanish sports car will be joined by other cars in the “Need for Speed Rivals, Movie Cars Pack,” and will be available in a digital format for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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Video: Koenigsegg One:1 Hits "Need for Speed Rivals" as DLC

Video: Koenigsegg One:1 Hits "Need for Speed Rivals" as DLC

The Koenigsegg One:1 has gotten loads of press lately, and for good reason. It captured the elusive unicorn of the automotive world by hitting the 1 horsepower per kg rating, and it captured all of our hearts in the process. With 1,340 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque flowing from its 5.0-liter V-8, it was only a matter of time before one of the car video games inserted the digital version of it, and that day is here.

Need For Speed Rivals is the first to insert the digital One:1 into its game by way of downloadable content. What’s more, the One:1 Pack is 100-percent free of charge. EA Games could have easily turned a profit by charging a few bucks for what’s likely to be one of the hottest DLCs of the year, but it instead decided to be fair to the game owners and give it away. That’s just good business there, folks.

The DLC first hit the Internet on March 4th, and is available for all major platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC. So snag it up in your system’s respective marketplace and have yourself a One:1 on EA Games’ dime — well, digitally that is...

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Video: Need for Speed Movie Extended Super Bowl Commercial

Video: Need for Speed Movie Extended Super Bowl Commercial

Time is drawing ever closer for the very anticipated debut of DreamWorks’ "Need For Speed" — a fast-paced, high-adrenaline and cop-fleeing good time with millions of dollars worth of super cars and exotics. You may have seen the 30-second commercial for the film during Super Bowl XLVIII, but this extended trailer has just now surfaced.

Hold on to your seats as the wild antics of high-speed pursuits get pretty intense. Watching the trailer, though, is made easier knowing the cars being destroyed are mere replicas — hand-built, tube-framed chassis that are sculpted to look identical to the real deal. We can’t say the same thing about the numerous Dodge Chargers and Chevy Tahoes getting knocked around.

In this extended trailer for the movie, actors Aaron Paul and Scott Mescudi introduce the chance to win the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang. Contestants must go to racetodeleon.com for entry into the contest.

The film will debut in theaters on March 14, 2014.

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Video: Meet The Replica Supercars of "Need for Speed"

Video: Meet The Replica Supercars of "Need for Speed"

It’s no surprise that a movie named "Need For Speed" will star plenty of potent and expensive supercars. When you’re dealing with cars as expensive as the ones in the movie, the last thing you want to do is damage one.

In order to avoid this possibility, the crew put together the entire replica-supercar lineup in less than six months that includes the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, Koenigsegg Agera, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, McLaren P1, Saleen S7, GTA Spano and many more.

Along with these supercars, we also know that the 2015 Ford Mustang will also star in the upcoming movie and will be driven by Aaron Paul.

The above video has a look at the supercars, and shows how the team of builders put the supercars together.

The Need For Speed movie will arrive in theaters on March 14, 2014.

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The 2015 Ford Mustang to Star in "Need for Speed"

The 2015 Ford Mustang to Star in "Need for Speed"

The new-generation Ford Mustang is one of the stars at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, but it will be quite some time before customers get the chance to drive it. Until then, you can enjoy seeing the new `Stang in action on the silver screen, as it will be featured in the upcoming "Need for Speed" movie that is set to be released on March 14th.

Since the original Mustang was launched in April 1964, the muscle car has made more than 3,200 appearances in movies and television shows, so it is quite a hit in Hollywood.

In the upcoming "Need For Speed" movie, Aaron Paul will drive a custom 2015 Mustang that NFS director Scott Waugh specially selected. According to Waugh, the Mustang "is a car that really represents American culture," and this was the reason why he selected it. We’re willing to bet that the popularity of the all-new Mustang also weighed pretty heavily on his decision too.

Check out the video (above) to see exactly how fun it is to drive the new Mustang.

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Video: Watch "Need For Speed" Star, Aaron Paul, Learn How to Drive Like a Pro

Video: Watch "Need For Speed" Star, Aaron Paul, Learn How to Drive Like a Pro

Everyone knows that in order to star in a car-centric movie, you need to have amazing driving skills. But what if you don’t have them? Well, in this case, you’ll have to take some driving lessons from professionals.

Now, we’re not saying that Aaron Paul doesn’t have good driving skills, but they were just not enough for the chase scenes that we will see in the upcoming Need For Speed movie.

Aaron Paul, who plays Tobey Marshal in the upcoming movie, learned to perform a series of stunts, braking and 180-degree turns for the future Need For Speed movie, and the guys responsible with shooting the movie were kind enough to share a video of the training with us. His teacher was stunt driver Rick Seaman, who seems to be doing a great job.

The Need For Speed movie will arrive in theaters on March 14, 2014.

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