Forza 7’s New Car Pack Opens The Gate To The World Of 4K
As the gaming world continues to lose its collective mind over the release of the Xbox One X, Turn 10 Studios is driving up the ante even more with the release of a new car pack for Forza Motorsport 7. Fittingly enough, the car pack is called “Samsung QLED TV,” which just so happens to run on 4K technology. Nice cross-promotion there, Microsoft.
Before I start deviating away from the topic at hand and weep over the spectacle that is 4K viewing, the car pack features a new set of cars that gamers can pluck into Forza 7, joining the hundreds upon hundreds of automobiles that are already available in the game. The pack comes with a mixed bag of characters, err cars, spanning different types and generations. Those who are into some modern machinery can now enjoy the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and the 2017 Abarth 124 Spider in the game while those who prefer the rough and rugged side of their Forza 7 experience can now play a 2015 Honda Ridgeline Baja Trophy truck or a Toyota Land Cruiser Arctic Truck AT37. Finally, there are also classic racers included in the pack for those who want some nostalgia to come with their gaming experience, specifically a 1957 Maserati 250F, a 1978 Porsche 935/78, and a 1984 Nissan Bluebird Super Silhouette, complete with Coca-Cola livery all over it.
All seven vehicles make up a pretty diverse car pack. It’s certainly no coincidence that the pack is being made available at exactly the same time as the release of the 4K-capable Xbox One X and the subsequent 4K update available for Forza 7. The long update process if by far the biggest headache of the launch, but once it’s up and running, there’s really no turning back. Forza 7 in native 4K is like playing with real cars, except that you’re on a couch using game controllers. It’s pretty easy to imagine why a lot of people are probably going to be stuck on their couches this coming weekend.
Fate of the Furious is Coming to Forza 7
Forza Motorsport 7 hasn’t even been released yet, and we’re already getting plenty of news regarding car packs that will be available for the game. The latest to be announced is a doozy, especially for those who count themselves as fans of the blockbuster Fast and Furious movie franchise. Fittingly enough, the pack itself is named after the latest movie in the franchise, The Fate of the Furious, and it offers a lineup of cars that appeared in the movie.
The highlight of the pack is the 1968 Dodge Charger, the same car that Dominic Toretto uses in most of the movie. The car itself actually comes in its Ice Charger configuration, complete with those 18-inch wide tires. That should be something that’s already worth the cost of the whole pack. In addition to the Charger, the pack also includes a 2014 Local Motors Rally Fighter (Letty’s car-of-choice in the climactic action scene), a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (Letty’s New York City ride), a 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT S (Deckard Shaw’s car in the same New York scene), and a 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe (another Deckard Shaw ride). All the other cars featured in the pack include a 1971 Plymouth GTX, a 2016 Subaru WRX STI, a 2018 Dodge Demon, and a 2013 Subaru BRZ, the car used by Fast and Furious debutante Scott Eastwood’s character, Little Nobody. The Fate of the Furious car pack will be available for gamers at the cost of just $9.99 and is included in the Deluxe and Ultimate Editions of Forza Motorsport 7.
For the price gamers will be paying, the pack features a loaded lineup of modern-day sports cars, muscle cars, and old-school classics, though I should point out that two of the movie’s more famous cars didn’t make the cut. Is it too late then to have Tej’s Ripsaw and Hobbs’ Ice Ram included in the game? While we’re at it, how about we throw in the submarine too for good measure.
Forza Motorsport 7 Is Literally Next-Generation Gaming: Video
We already know what to expect from Forza Motorsport 7. Or do we? That question may not be answered until we all get our hands on the game later this year, but Forza creative director Bill Giese isn’t waiting until October 3 (or November 7 for those who have the Xbox One X) to get the game’s hype train rolling. Speaking with IGN at Gamescom 2017 in Cologne, Germany, Giese touched on several important items about the game that’s already making us giddy for Forza 7 to hit shelves.
Among the most important announcements that caught our attention is Giese’s admission that experiencing Forza 7 at its best requires the all-new Xbox One X, thanks to its much faster processing power over the Xbox One, as well as true 4K resolution. Basically, you’re going to need an Xbox One X and a 4K TV to really immerse yourselves into the world of Forza 7. Giese even says that playing Forza 7 on the Xbox One X at native 4K at 60 FPS really opens up the richness of the racing environment that Turn 10 Studios created. Think it can’t get any more real than what the Xbox One provides? Well, according to Giese, playing the game on the One X allows you see even the tiniest of details in crystal clear resolution. Imagine the people in the stands having actual faces and moving like real people. Better yet, imagine the bits and pieces of rock on the asphalt or the patches of grass as your cars drive by. They can all be seen in 4K resolution.
Add all of this to the fact that Forza 7 has over 700 cars at its disposal, including the largest collection of Ferrari cars in the history of video game racing franchises and the addition of Porsche into the fold, and you have a game that’s already living up to the hype, even if it’s still two months away from releasing.
Drive the new BMW M5 First in Need for Speed Payback!
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!
UPDATED: Turn 10 Studios Drops List Of First 167 Cars On Forza 7
One hundred and sixty seven. We can count them all up until the cows come home, but that number isn’t going to change. 167 – that’s how many cars Turn 10 Studios has unveiled as part of the first wave of vehicles that will be included in Forza Motorsport when the game goes on sale on October 3. The number itself is impressive if you think about it, but it’s not even close to the number of cars the developer plans to include on the Xbox One and PC versions of the game. All in all, Turn 10 Studios has indicated that Forza 7 will have over 700 cars.
If these numbers aren’t enough to get you excited for the game, there’s a good chance that seeing the list of 167 cars we already know will do the trick. Want a classic Ferrari to drive around the more than 30 courses included in the game? Well, the game has a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. If a classic Ferrari isn’t your thing, you can opt for something a bit more modern like the Koenigsegg One:1. If you want to get even more exotic than that, you can choose something like the W Motors Lykan HyperSport. There are plenty more cars to go crazy over from this list so be sure to be mindful of your jaws once they slowly start dropping to the floor. Remember, there is also the option of pre-ordering the game, including the Ultimate Edition, which unlocks access to the world of Forza on September 29.
UPDATE 08/10/17: Hot on the heels of releasing the first wave of cars available to Forza 7, Turn 10 Studios has dropped another massive list of automotive heaven, this time detailing the Japanese- and American-made cars that will feature in the next-generation game of the hit franchise. It is worth noting though that one Japanese automaker - and a big one at that - is unlikely to appear in the game.
UPDATE 08/17/17: Wouldn’t you know it. Turn 10 Studios is back with another batch of new cars that will be available to Forza Motorsport 7. We’ve already seen the first batch of 167 cars. We’ve already seen American cars. We’ve already seen Japanese cars. Now, Turn 10 is bringing it a heavy list of European cars that will also be available on the game. Since we’re here, we’ll also do a retroactive reveal of classic cars that have also been revealed for the next-generation game of the hit Forza Motorsport franchise. Check out the new - and updated - lists below!
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Xbox One X Is Taking Forza 7 To A Whole New Level
Just when you thought racing video games couldn’t get any more realistic in its current format, out comes Forza Motorsport 7 for the Xbox X. The bar for “realistic gaming” has now been set even higher. Don’t get me wrong; this type of evolution is expected, especially in an industry that’s always at the forefront of cutting-edge technology. But with the upcoming release of Xbox X (scheduled for later in the year) ushering in a new era of console gaming, Turn 10 Studios is stepping up with a game that not only offers more than 700 different cars and over 30 different racing environments, but will also boast in-game footage shot at 60 frames per second in 4K resolution.
Now I know I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to video game tech, but I know that 4K is next-level stuff. I also know that when Forza Motorsport 7 is touted as having features like racing conditions that “change every time you race,” I’m aware that there’s something new and evolutionary that’s being offered to the table. All of that adds up to what promises to be a gaming experience that we’ve never gotten from this kind of platform. How that’s going to change our perception of car racing games will only be determined once the console and the game hit the shelves. Rest assured, though, that with Xbox X packing the kind of technology we haven’t seen used on this scale on a video game console, the possibilities of next-gen gaming will be right in our hands soon enough.
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Next Need for Speed Trailer Released; BMW M5 Face Exposed
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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There’s a 24-Hour Forza 6 Marathon During the LeMans!!!
The 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans is on the horizon, and while race car drivers will be put to the ultimate test on the Circuit de la Sarthe, gamers will be participating in their own gasoline-fueled test of endurance in a 24-hour marathon of Forza 6. The marathon comes as part of a partnership between Porsche, Microsoft, and Automobile Club de l’Quest (ACO) and will actually run simultaneously to the real 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The official name of this online test of endurance is formally known as “Forza Racing Championship (Forza RC) Season 3: The Porsche Cup.
As you might have guessed by the official name, those who actually make it through qualifying and become finalists will get to race virtual versions of the Porsche 919 Hybrid. Prizes include real-world money, and there’s even a title in ACO’s newest category: “Official Endurance Esports.” The thing is, however, that if you really want to participate you need to head over to the signup page now as qualifying has already begun. The only requirements are a working Xbox One and a copy of Forza Motorsport 6. Well, that, two working hands, and a girlfriend that’s not going to nag you the whole time. Qualifying comes to an end on May 28th, so you still have some time. When the final race kicks off, it will be streamed via YouTube, Twitch, and Beam for the whole world to see.
Fill Those Nitrous Tanks: A New ’Need for Speed’ Game is Coming
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.
Halo’s Warthog Buggy To Become Available in Forza Horizon 3
Forza Horizon 3 already features one of the most extensive collection of cars in the franchise’s long and illustrious history, but the choices are about to take a unique turn with the addition of The Warthog from the Halo video game franchise. You read that right. A car from Halo will be playable in Forza Horizon 3. Let that sink in.
For those who don’t play Halo, the Warthog is a 720-horsepower 2554 AMG Transport Dynamics M12S civilian transport vehicle that counts the M12 Force Application Vehicle as its militaristic counterpart. It’s also regarded as one of the most popular rides in the military science fiction first-shooter video game. It’s so popular that it’s apparently getting the rare crossover treatment with its introduction into the world of Forza. Those who own either Halo 5: Guardians or Halo: The Master Chief Collection can get the car for free, although those who don’t have either of the two games can still get the Warthog when it becomes available through a special #Forzathon contest that’s being prepared for October. In any case, there’s an all-too real opportunity to play with the Warthog in a far different environment that what it’s used to.
There’s no word yet on whether other cars will be available from other video game franchises, but the precedent being set by the Warthog does open up those possibilities. Is there a chance that we get to see the Tron light cycle in there? Maybe the cars from Mad Max: Fury Road too? At this point, I’m opening myself to whatever vehicles are added into the game. There are over 350 of them now and apparently, there’s no stopping Turn 10 Studios from adding another 350 cars.
Forza Horizon 3 is set to hit stores on September 27 but those who are getting the Forza Horizon 3 Ultimate Edition will get their hands on the game four days earlier on September 23.
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Forza Goes Off-Road with its Week 4 Car Announcement for Horizon 3
Forza Garage has now posted its fourth installment announcing cars that we’ll see when Horizon 3 finally hits store shelves or your digital download queue. As it has in the past, Forza has decided to put the spotlight on certain models, and this week it’s focused on those like to go off road. It’s only fitting, of course, since Australia is known to be a pretty tough place – I know you’ve seen the pictures of those massive spiders they have there, haven’t you? If not, you can fill your subconscious with nightmares here.
Anyway, getting back to the topic at hand, tough places also have awesome off-road trails and places to go, and the digital Horizon 3 world will have plenty of that. The most well-known model we’ll talk about today is the Toyota FJ40, which is just out of place if it isn’t dirty or being beat on down some dirty trail. Of course, not all of the cars announced this week are meant for off-road adventures. Other highlights include the 1967 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL, the 1971 Plymouth Cuda 426 Hemi, and there is even a 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 and a 2012 Mini John Cooper Works GP in the mix. Talk about diversity, right?
With that said, let’s take a look at the big highlights of this week’s announcement and talk a little about them. We better hurry before the boss catches me writing about video games again, though, so let’s get to it.
Forza Kicks it Old School with this Week’s Horizon 3 Car Announcement
Well, it’s the first week in August, and that means that Forza has made a new post in its Garage to announce the next list of cars we’ll get to enjoy in Horizon 3. Just like last week I’m as excited as can be, especially considering this week’s post is primarily dedicated to some pretty damn cool classic cars. There are a few newer rides in there, like the 2001 BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the 2015 Lexus RC F, and the 2015 Infiniti Q60 Concept, but everything else is all old school and what can I say – it makes my bum ticker beat that much better.
This week’s announcement is quite a bit smaller that it was last week, but the value of the cars included more than makes up for the lack of a long list. I’m talking about awesome classics like the 1980 Abarth Fiat 131 or the 1958 Plymouth Fury. Oh god, I can’t wait to get to playing this game already. Anyway, there are a few Fords from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s to go along with a Camaro Z28 and even a 1953 Maserati A6GCS/53 Pininfarina Berlinetta.
Anyway, before I get too excited and waste all day talking here, let’s take a look at the featured cars this week before we go into the full list that was announced. Like I said, it is short, but there’s a little something there that you’ll like regardless of your individual taste in what constitutes an “according to Hoyle” classic. Let’s get to it.
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The Next List of Cars in Forza Horizon 3 Have Been Announced
The world is digital; the theme is Australia; the cars are absolutely amazing. In case you can’t tell, I’m waiting for the September 27th release of Forza Horizon three like an underprivileged kid who’s been adopted by the wealthy. Is my enthusiasm and anxiousness for the game outright insane? It is just another car game, so maybe, but I don’t care – I’m flat out excited, and if you’re a gamer I’m sure you understand. This is now the second week of Forza Garage, and Turn 10 has finally given us even more cars to drool over in anticipation of Horizon 3.
This week, the main icon cars announced stick true to the Australian roots. So, again, you can expect to see a good number of Holden models on the list. But, that isn’t all. Among the Holdens, you’ll find cars like the 1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV and the 1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra. There’s even a 1956 Ford F100 and a 1970 AMC Rebel – also called “The Machine.” That’s not all, but the man who signs my paycheck won’t let me talk about games all day, so we’ll talk about the rest a little later.
With that said, let’s take a look at the three highlights of this week’s announcement. Prepare to get excited!
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The First List of Cars for Forza Horizon 3 has Been Announced
When we saw the trailer for Forza Horizon 3 and E3 last month, everyone in the TopSpeed office went crazy. With the promise of 350 cars, and the largest open world map for the franchise yet, who wouldn’t be excited, right? Unfortunately, we have to wait until late September before we get the chance to play it ourselves, but until then, Forza is doing everything it can to tease us. And, the first major tease comes in the form of the first edition of Forza Garage – a forum where Forza will post announcements about the game.
With the first edition came a list of 165 of the cars that will be in the game. There are models like the 2010 Aston Martin One-77, 2014 BAC Mono, 1970 Datsun 510, 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats, 1977 Holden Torana A8X, and the 2016 Jaguar F-Type Project 7, to name a few. If you’re wondering why there is a Holden on the list, it’s because Horizon 3 will be based in Australia and it just wouldn’t be right not to have at least a few Holdens.
These listed model aren’t exactly what Forza thinks will be the most popular, but there’s definitely a few that I can’t wait to tear ass across Australia with. So, with that said, let’s take a look at some of the other cars on the list – it’s at least enough to hold us over until the next installment of Forza Garage hits the web.
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Audi To Host 24 Hours Of Le Forza Online Endurance Race
The Le Mans 24 Hours will be the talk of the motor racing world as the 86th instalment of the iconic endurance race kicks off this weekend in France. But a continent away in the U.S., a different kind of endurance race will also take place, one that will be hosted by Audi of America in partnership with Forza MotorSport 6. The event will take place in San Francisco and it has been billed as a 24-hour virtual race featuring 12 teams of professional gamers and the finalists from Audi’s own 24 Hours of Le Forza Contest.
While it may not have the same authenticity as actually competing in Le Mans, the Audi 24 Hours of Le Forza will pit these teams against one another in a 24-hour online endurance race on Forza 6. Contestants will even be dressed in full racing suits and helmets, and will drive near-replicas of the real race cars with the same shifts and similar weather conditions as what is expected in Le Mans.
The online endurance race will be live-streamed on Twitch, the social media platform that has become the go-to app for live streaming online gaming events.
The team who ends up winning the Audi 24 Hours of Le Forza will get more than just bragging rights for their accomplishment. A trip to Sonoma, California awaits every member of the team where they will get the chance to participate in a real-world Audi sports car experience. The second- and third- place teams will also receive awards, with the runner ups getting a trip to Austin, Texas to attend the 2016 Lone Star Le Mans race and the third-place group all receiving an Xbox One and a copy of Forza 6.
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Forza Horizon 3 Promises More Open-World Racing Fun
The 2016 Electronics Entertainment Expo is now in full swing. As one can expect from the three-day entertainment bonanza, we’re beginning to see new trailers being released for the next wave of video games that will be released in the coming months. One of these games is Forza Horizon 3, the third installment of the highly successful Forza Horizon franchise.
Preliminary details about the game have been released, and from the looks of things, it’s going to follow the same open-world format that was used by the two previous versions to much acclaim. It’s also anticipated to include over 350 different cars, including new models like the Lamborghini Centenario and a host of special vehicles like the new Ariel Nomad. What’s more, Forza Horizon 3 will prominently feature a bigger open-world map that’s twice as big as the world in Forza Horizon 2. The location for the third game will be Australia, continuing the Forza Horizon tradition of setting its games in different locations. For those who don’t remember, the first installment of the game that was released in 2012 was set in Colorado with the sequel that was released in 2014 taking place in Southern Europe.
In addition to the cars and the location, Forza Horizon 3 will also come with its share of firsts. For one, it will be the first Forza game that can be played on both the Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms as part of its cross-platform compatibility. It’s also the first game to give players unimpeded control of the Festival in gameplay, allowing for a richer gaming experience than any other Forza title in history.
Given the critical acclaim received by Forza Horizon and Forza Horizon 2, there’s a lot of pressure on developer Playground Games to live up to the expectations of gamers all over the world. It’s too early to tell what Forza Horizon 3 will have to offer, but the early details sound promising.
The game is sculled to be launched on Xbox One and Windows 10 on September 27, 2016. In the meantime, check out the first trailer video of the game.
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Ford GT Le Mans Racer Now Available On Forza 6
The Ford GT race car will make its return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a little over a week, but before the actual racer returns to the scene of its famous 1-2-3 victory in 1966, gamers of Forza Motorsports 6 will be able to get their hands on the GT’s virtual counterpart. Beginning today, June 7, codes will be sent to gamers who play Forza 6. The codes are free of any charge and can be retrieved on the Xbox Live message inboxes.
The free addition of the GT race car into Forza 6 is the latest in what has been a processional line of hype-generating ideas Ford has concocted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic race car’s historic win at Le Mans. The magnitude of Ford’s dominant showing in Le Mans back in 1966 was felt far and wide in the motor racing world. It also kicked off a dominant run for Ford as it proceeded to win the next three installments of the race, rounding out the late ’60s with four-straight victories in Le Mans. Ford has yet to win the endurance race since its dominant stretch back then, but with the new Ford GT making it’s comeback, there are a lot of expectations on the teams racing with the new Ford GT to at least make a good showing in next weekend’s race. A total of four Ford GTs will compete in the GTE Pro class, all being run by the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team.
As for the virtual GTs, well, anybody who plays Forza 6 can get their hands on the race car once they get the codes to download them. Again, the codes come free of charge, although it’s unclear how long the codes will be eligible. Don’t wait for that time to come so when you receive the codes, input them immediately so you can immediately play with the new GT race car.
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