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Monday - April 24, 2017

Star Control: Origins - Brad Wardell Interview

by Hiddenx, 20:16

GamingBolt has interviewed Brad Wardell, CEO of Stardock, about Star Control and more:

Riding The Cutting Edge Of The Technology Wave – An Interview With Brad Wardell, CEO of Stardock

Surfing the crest of the tech wave.

Stardock is a company that pushes boundaries of technology in video games. The company, known for its compelling and highly addictive PC science fiction games, has pushed the benchmarks of graphical technologies before numerous times, and is looking to do so again going forward. This is the rare company, in other words, that can deliver on style and substance, both.

So naturally, when you get the chance to talk tok someone from a company like that, you want to ask them everything that you can. And that’s what we did, when we got the chance to engage Brad Wardell of Stardock in an exclusive interview some time ago.

Okay, so to begin with, would you like to introduce yourself for our readers?

Sure, I’m Brad Wardell, I’m the President and CEO of Stardock, we’re located out here in Michigan. And we’ve been in business since the early 1990s,we’re one of the early game development studios still around. We’ve made Galactic Civilizations, Sins of a Solar Empire, Ashes of the Singularity, Offroad Trading Company, and lots of other great stuff.

[...]

Okay, so Star Control: Origins- now this one I actually don’t know much about, I know that you’ve announced it for PC and consoles, but we haven’t heard much more about the game. What can you tell us about it, and when can we expect to start hearing more about it? 

Sure, so Star Control was a really popular series back in the early 1990s. And it was one of the few action adventure games- some describe Mass Effect as a remake of Star Control, so to say, where they try to blend RPG and adventure and action all together in a single game. Some years ago, when Atari filed for bankruptcy, we were able to pick up the rights to the Star Controlfranchise, and we decided to make a new one. So a lot of the time since has been spent building up our studio in Maryland, hiring up people who can do right by this reboot. In terms of when people will start hearing more about this? I’d say probably Summer or Early Fall is when we’ll start ramping up. What we don’t want to do is show too much and then people are disappointed- so we want to see we show it in a state so people can really see where we are going.

[...]
Thank you for the info, Farflame!

Star Control: Origins

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Sunless Skies - Roadmap

by Hiddenx, 20:03

Here's the new Sunless Skies roadmap - thumbs up for using Agile Software Development:

Sunless Skies roadmap

Below you’ll find the roadmap for the production of Sunless Skies. Like many developers, we work in 2-week periods called ‘sprints’. This roadmap will allow you to see which general features we’re working on from now until Early Access (we’ll update it with more sprints once we enter Early Access!).

There are a few important things to note:

  • Whilst the tasks and features have been outlined and planned ahead of time by our producer, Lottie, game development is quite a fluid process.
  • Some tasks turn out to be more complicated than anticipated.
  • It is also very rare, for example, that we would complete a huge component of the game, like all combat, art or writing, within just two weeks. Large features will be developed across multiple sprints.
  • Time for polish at the end is also key. Since game development is iterative, production schedules are basically set as a skeleton of what needs to be achieved. Once we start getting player feedback, we can confirm what is working and what isn’t, make adjustments, and then flesh everything out with final art, prose, audio and animation.

Once a sprint is completed, we’ll update the information below to reflect more specifically what was accomplished, and link it to the individual development blog, in case you’re curious to know more!

KICKSTARTER – EARLY ACCESS ROAD MAP

last updated 19 April 2017

Sprint 9 – Traveling Through the Reach: APHELION Part I
ART: initial UI pipeline set up, initial locomotive designs
CONTENT: initial region work on The Reach
GAMEPLAY & DESIGN: beginning mechanics on hunger/death/fuel/time, procedurally generated movement through the game world

Sprint 10 – Traveling Through the Reach: Part II – APHELION Part 2
ART: terrain pipeline
CONTENT: Port: Traitor’s Wood
GAMEPLAY & DESIGN: implementing fuel/hunger, initial work on Terror, beginning character progression

Sprint 11 – Traveling Through the Reach: Part III – BIG BANG
ART: beginning art and animation greyboxing
CONTENT: vessel classifications
GAMEPLAY & DESIGN: combat AI specifications for tactics, error report capturing, hold management

Sprint 12 – Combat in the Reach: CHROMOSPHERE
(Extremely hot red part of planetary atmosphere. Our first heavy combat sprint!)
Terrain, AI combat behavior, player movement prototyping, commissioning first sound effects

Sprint 13 – Combat in the Reach: DARK MATTER  
(The mass that explains all the astrophysics we can’t explain. First part of combat complete and first bits of audio.)
Player combat mechanics, initial work on difficulty settings, adding environmental features in-game

Sprint 14 – Populating the Reach: EXOGENESIS 
(Theory that life originated elsewhere in the universe and was then transported to Earth. People of the Reach!)
Welcoming a new artist and designing denizens of the Reach (crew, vessels, beasties)

Sprint 15 – Populating the Reach: FORTUNE
(Dante’s personified cosmic intelligence responsible for Earth. People/denizens/character sprint.)
People of the Reach continued, character creation and character progression, closed-beta preparation

Sprint 16 – Enriching the Reach: GANYMEDE
(Jupiter’s largest moon, and the ninth largest object in our solar system. A smorgasbord of tasks all aimed at enriching the environment of the Reach.)
Closed-beta begins, audio, legacies, scouts and taking player feedback from the beta

Sprint 17 – Enriching the Reach: HYPERGALAXY
(A usually spiral galaxy surrounded by smaller satellite galaxies, like the Milky Way and Andromeda. Smorgasbord fleshing out the outlines of the Reach.)
Early Access tutorial work, shop functionality and bug fixing

Sprint 18 – Out of the Reach: INVARIANTTHEORIE
(Einstein’s preferred term for special relativity. Fine tuning the Reach!)
Bug fixing, preparation for Early Access and our first look at a new region (Albion)

Sprint 19 – Out of the Reach: JANSKY
(A unit of spectral irradiance; a big bright burst of light. Heading towards Early Access fast!)
Creating a responsive world, galaxy-wide game mechanics, and prioritising tasks to be finalised ahead of Early Access

Sprint 20 – Out of the Reach: KEPLER
(Planetary motion and celestial physics. Now it’s time for Early Access to begin!)
Smuggling implementation and finalising the Reach for Early Access

Thanks Farflame!

Sunless Skies

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Steampunk
Genre: Roguelike
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Prey - Recycle Everything

by Hiddenx, 19:56

'You should recycle everything' - this is an environmentally friendly message from the new Prey trailer:

Prey - Recycle Everything

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Earth Day might be all about our planet… but that won’t stop us from celebrating while aboard Talos I. In honor of the global holiday, we took a moment to tidy up our orbiting space station, recycling anything and everything we could find, then using the handy Recycler Charge to clean up some more. From trash to treasures to Typhon aliens, we’re going green in the most awesome way imaginable.

Thanks Farflame!

Prey

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Shooter-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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ELEX - New Screenshots

by Hiddenx, 19:50

Farflame spotted some new ELEX screenshots at WoE:

Together with the new prologue trailer some new screenshots of ELEX have been released as well. While some show comepletely new scenes, others seem to belong to known screenshots. On the screenshots you can see landscapes and combat against monsters and mechs, among other things.

ELEX

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Post-Apoc
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release: In development

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Elder Scrolls Online - Morrowind Preview

by Hiddenx, 19:46

Trusted Reviews checked out the upcoming ESO expansion Morrowind:

Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind preview

[...]

Vvardenfell is a land teeming with life. Wander past the Seyda Neen's bustling streets to find lush, verdant forests, with a scattering of lightly-animated flora writhing from side-to-side. With the appropriately-named vvardvarks scuttling past, Morrowind feels very much alive.

Set 700 years before the events of the original Morrowind, the gargantuan Ink-Cap mushrooms sprouting into the sky will be immediately familiar to returning players. Naturally, many cues are taken from the physical landscape of the original RPG, so the lava-coated wastes of the Red Mountain make a return alongside boggy marsh lands and grassy highlands.

Following the main quest, however, will lead you to the gleaming grandeur of Vivec City, where the life force of legendary warrior-poet Vivec is dwindling. In exploring his mysterious illness and uncovering the true nature of the ancient daedric threat hanging over the island, you’ll happen upon plenty of lore and political intrigue in the land of the Dunmer (otherwise known as Dark Elves).

Morrowind is an intensely divided society and it’s the tension between its rival houses and tribes that drive the more interesting quests you’ll take on. What unites the Telvanni, Dres, and Redoran houses, the Ashlander barbarians and the Morag Tong, is their hatred of “outlanders”. Where Morrowind first timers will be engrossed as they unravel these divisions, ZeniMax has prepared many nostalgic treats for veterans.

[...]

First impressions

What's striking about Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind is how polished the game was for me. I did have occasional connection issues whilst queuing for PvP matches and some textures were very slow to load at times, but overall the expansion looks very promising ahead of its June 6th launch. Ever since 2014, ESO has clearly been one long learning curve for ZeniMax and Bethesda, with the excellent Morrowind the result. With an intriguing narrative holding together a refreshing new class and PvP modes, Morrowind represents an MMO going from strength to strength.

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Copper Dreams - Dialogue vs. Player Agency

by Silver, 12:47

Copper Dreams' latest update focuses on dialogue vs. player agency and the roleplaying goals behind the system.

Dialogue vs. Player Agency

Copper Dreams uses tag-based dialogue, which we talk about a little bit in the initial Kickstarter overview of the ruleset. In this update we just wanted to go over how that will influence gameplay and roleplaying, and our reasoning for why we decided to use it in our original design doc.

Roleplaying Goals

Our goal was to make dialogue another tool in the player's belt. Dialogue doesn't take away player agency, and is instead something that's either strictly for the player to get information from NPCs or playful banter - usually somewhere in-between. For Copper Dreams we came up with a few guidelines for dialogue:

  • Never author events in dialogue that the player could use gameplay to actually play through. Limiting the large amount of tools we've given the player for gameplay to push some story/dialogue/cinematic would be insulting to the player and systems, and ultimately make a bad DM experience. Players need to be able to respond to dialogue or cinematic situations with ALL their tools and gameplay mechanics normally available.
  • The player isn't important or destined for greatness, conversations need to reflect that. It's a dungeon crawl where you play as cyborg monsters, you're not sitting down for tea, so NPCs shouldn't be to open to a stranger like yourself.
  • Allow player agency by making dialogue events predictable by making the tools at your disposal during conversation very consistent in their application. If you try to bribe one person, you can try to bribe them all, whenever you want during a dialogue.

More P&P Feels

Tags were initially a difficult choice for us, as it's very easy to fall into the trap of dragging the player by the ear to show or tell them something just the way you want to through some dialogue event. Any DM knows the experience of setting up a great event or character encounter for a story to have a player evade or change it through clever or unexpected means. That's awesome though, allowing player agency for creative problem solving is the crux for most [good] tabletop roleplaying we know. If we're under the assumption that games should be a challenge, which we are, selecting through a handful of dialogue options for choice/consequence isn't a challenge, it's just a storybook with a no-lose scenario.

After assessing what we then wanted, we couldn't use the typical CYOA events usually done in roleplaying games. CYOA style text options in a gameplay focused RPG is the equivalent of quicktime events to an action game. There's often a contradiction in design for RPGs where they give players an immense amount of tools and ways of completing tasks, but then in a conversation or cinematic players are often shoehorned into a situation where they can only access a fraction of those tools in story contextual ways. No amount of choice and consequence can make up for the fact that the DM took away the rules and tools you were relying on up to that point to be cinematic or story heavy for their own agenda, taking away from your experience.

We had to think about how we use it and make it fun in actual p&p gaming. Rolling for risky (permanent) social disposition changes for NPCs is a big part of that, as well as the focus of using them as a tool for gameplay and not story-dumps. The conversation flow of an NPC saying something and the player asking about keyword highlights is a comfortable flow and encourages the idea that you're purposefully asking these questions, that these NPCs are a tool at your disposal instead of there to tell you about your story.

[...]

Copper Dreams

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Modern
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Sunday - April 23, 2017

General News - Tim Cain: Building a better RPG

by Hiddenx, 21:38

Tim Cain explains how to build better RPGs at the RebootDevelop in Croatia:

Reboot Develop 2017 Conference - 20th to 22nd April

Building a Better RPG: Seven Mistakes to Avoid

-> Twitch TV

Thank you for the info, luj1!

General News

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Unknown
Genre: RPG
Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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Flatspace IIk - Released

by Hiddenx, 09:30

The top-down space trading game Flatscape IIk has been released:

Flatspace IIk is a top-down space trading game with the emphasis on free exploration. In Flatspace, you choose your profession and are given a small spaceship with a scattering of random weapons, then you are free to earn a living, explore, hunt, trade, grow; upgrading your ship and equipment, eventually buying ships with crew members, and discovering the game's many secrets. Each game is different, with an intelligent random universe, populated by thousands of intelligent ships.

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Influences include classic space-trading games like Elite, and RPG Dungeon Crawlers like Nethack.

Flatspace IIk

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Adventure-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Onyx - Released

by Hiddenx, 09:05

Aldorlea Games just released a new RPG: Onyx

Plot

Play as Rowan, a secluded witch with a bad temper, who has to run after the people who stole her treasured ring given to her by her dead mother. But... could it be that the ring hides more than just emotional value?

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Features

  • Extensive, Epic Adventure Worth 30-40 Hours of Gameplay
  • Optional Mouse Control with Associated Menu Bar
  • Stunning Artworks from the Team Behind Moonchild and Opaline
  • Namable Characters - Fight With Your Friends if You Feel Like it
  • Side-view Battles with Incredible, Menacing Monsters
  • 3 Modes of Difficulty
  • 100% Visible Encounters
  • 51 Secret Rooms to Discover
  • Hilarious Touches of Humor

Onyx

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Shiness - Review @ Gamezone

by Hiddenx, 08:49

Gamezone has reviewed the action RPG Shiness:

Shiness Reminds the RPG Genre How to be Original

A colorful world injects new life into a familiar genre.

Introduction

Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom is an action-RPG that was funded partially on Kickstarter. Developed by Enigami, it was released on April 18, 2017. Initially, when it was announced, Shiness comes across as a bright and vivid RPG with interesting and original races and characters. With a nice roster of characters to play as the game looks like it calls back to the old days of classic RPGs with varied personalities.

As it turns out, aesthetically speaking, it did just that. But the gameplay was something refreshingly new. Fights take place in an arena, which is basically just where you were on the map with a bubble around the boundaries. The controls aren’t monstrously difficult, and fights can go pretty fast if weaknesses are taken advantage of.

Combat includes combos, dodging, parries, and spellcasting. Teammates can even be swapped out on the fly. Each character can be equipped with different equipment and fighting styles as well as spells, allowing players to custom build different characters with different strengths and weaknesses. Each character can only have four types of magic equipped at a time, but being able to switch out characters so easily allows for great strategies.

[...]

Overall, Shiness was an enjoyable game.

At a price point of $30, it’s absolutely worth the price despite its shortcomings. With how dense the world seems to be, many sequels could be spawned from this title, and perhaps even alleviating the previous complaint of unanswered questions.

Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom is a breath of fresh air, while also reminding us what made the PlayStation 2 era so great with its originality and narrative decisions. Many RPGs today resemble movies, leaving no room for the player to just feel the world out. Shiness encourages it with its dense and color packed environments and keeps you coming back with its fun combat.

Score: 8/10

Shiness

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: J-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Expeditions: Conquistador - Free to play

by Hiddenx, 08:40

You can check out Expeditions: Conquistador this weekend. The next part in the series - Expeditions: Viking - will be released next week:

Expeditions: Conquistador

Conquer the New world: In the 16th Century, Spanish explorers and soldiers reached the shores of America. The search for gold, fame, and adventure drove these travelers into a treacherous wilderness where they faced hunger, disease, and dangerous predators. In their wake, the Aztec Empires lay in ruins.

Re-write the history of the Conquistadors: Forge diplomatic alliances with the natives... or crush the savages and bring civilization to the pagan tribes! Create an expedition of individual characters: Choose your followers wisely from over 30 characters, but be careful - they each have their own traits, opinions and moral standards.

Hunt for unimaginable riches and fight intense battles in the unforgiving jungle. In this turn based strategy RPG, a cunning plan is as vital as thoughtful resource management. Expeditions: Conquistador offers a rich storyline separated into two campaigns, challenging players throughout 25+ hours of gameplay. Strategy veterans as well as newbies will find their turn-based El Dorado!

Features

  • Discover the New World! Travel to legendary locations in America, roam the jungle on the hunt for mystical temples as well as ancient ruins.
  • Create your own party of followers! Choose from more than 30 characters, train your recruits and lead them to battle. Coach them as they will develop from untrained recruits to fierce battlefield veterans.
  • Four highly customisable difficulty levels will challenge pros and newbies alike. But be warned: The Iron Man mode is a real beast!
  • Choice & Consequence: Use your skills to avoid hostility or, when diplomacy breaks down, adapt your tactics to highly varied terrains across more than 70 battlefields.
  • Challenge your friends to tactical PvP combat in either Hot Seat mode or via TCP/ICP.

 

Expeditions: Conquistador

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Historical
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Saturday - April 22, 2017

Bevontule - On Steam Greenlight

by Hiddenx, 19:28

You can vote for open-world tactical RPG Bevontule on Steam Greenlight now:

Bevontule

Bevontule is a modern take on the role-playing genre, inspired heavily by Japanese, open-world and tactical RPGs. While we draw from and are happy to list our many 'golden age'-era influences, Bevontule maintains a strong identity, presenting an array of unique gameplay elements that expand upon and innovate beyond many of the systems we ourselves loved as children.

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KEY FEATURES:

  • Mature and highly-detailed plot spanning thousands of years, inspired by games like Xenogears and Shadow Hearts.
  • Unique and challenging tactical, turn-based combat system where proper positioning and timing are critical.
  • Beautiful 3D environments to discover, explore and conquer, including a massive, JRPG-style overworld.
  • Free-roaming enemies with a wide variety of movement patterns, behaviors and habitats; avoid or engage at your own discretion!
  • Unrelenting and highly-intelligent enemy AI that can be scaled to various difficulty levels.
  • A large cast of interesting characters with defined roles, yet deeply customizable skillsets, with multiple builds for each combatant.
  • Enemies learn and level up as you do, accessing new skills, tactics and other ‘enhancements.’
  • Unlock, learn and equip from hundreds of combat skills, attribute bonuses, and world-based buffs.
  • Scavenge, create and upgrade items with our original skill-based crafting system.
  • Integrated bestiary system that rewards discovery, experimentation and exploitation of enemies for rewards.
  • Loads of side-quests, optional bosses/areas, and minigames!

Bevontule

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Elder Scrolls Online - Morrowind: Warden Gameplay Trailer

by Hiddenx, 16:18

A new class is coming to The Elder Scrolls Online - the Warden:

The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind –
Warden Gameplay Trailer

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In The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, Tamriel has a powerful new protector. On June 6, you can take control of the first new class to join ESO since launch: the Warden. These guardians of the wilds protect Nirn with a host of unique, nature-based abilities. Watch the Warden Gameplay Trailer for a look at the kind of hero you can become, and learn more here.

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Grimoire Chronicles - Released

by Hiddenx, 10:31

Warfare has released their RPG Grimoire Chronicles:

Grimoire Chronicles

Join Myra, a young witch, on a fantastic journey to save her best friend. It's not going to be easy - her world is at war, predators made up of an elite group of warriors that fight against magic users are fighting against all of the magical kind.

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The game features 10 playable characters, with a compelling storyline for you to play. With twist and turns, betrayal, friendships and maybe even love this is a magical adventure for you to enjoy.

In addition to the main story there are over 20 Side-Quests to complete and over 15 Secret Areas to discover. You also get to hunt for relics which give you special field abilities. With an original soundtrack, great locations and more we hope you will enjoy the game.

Grimoire Chronicles

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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General News - Sunless Chronicles

by Hiddenx, 10:10

Farflame spotted this interesting one man project - Sunless Chronicles:

Sunless Chronicles - Action RPG Project made in UE4

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This is an early prototype of a one-man project heavily inspired in the Dark Souls series. It is being developed entirely in UE4. This is a demo level using UE4 Infinity Blade maps (Frozen Cove) to show off the combat mechanics, which are still in progress.

The game will be released for Windows, hopefully in 2017. There will also be iOs and Android versions available for free.

General News

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Unknown
Genre: RPG
Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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General News - 25 best tactical RPGs

by Hiddenx, 10:01

GamePressure made a list of the 25 best tactical RPGs:

Roleplaying in turns – 25 best tactical RPGs

As hack’n’slash constitutes one extremity of the RPG genre, its other side are the tactical RPGs, emphasizing complex, strategic battles played in turns. Here's a ranking of the 25 best tactical RPGs, according to our staff.

Tactical RPG, also known as SRPG, is a genre that’s been present on the market for over 30 years. They’re most commonly associated with Japan and gaming consoles. It’s a natural consequence, as the genre was popularized by the Fire Emblem series, which didn’t come to Europe until 2004. That’s why SRPG, while highly popular in Japan, remains on the sidelines of western gaming. In recent years, however, it seems like the situation is slowly changing.

Thanks to indie titles such as The Banner Saga or Invisible, Inc. and the latest installments of the Fire Emblem series on Nintendo 3DS, more and more people are picking up interest in tactical RPGs. That’s why we’ve decided to prepare for you a list of the best representatives of the genre, according to our staff.

[...]

25. Chroma Squad
24. Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel
23. Project X Zone
22. Resonance of Fate
21. Odium (Gorky 17)
20. Gladius
19. Jeanne d’Arc
18. SteamWorld Heist
17. Vanguard Bandits
16. Incubation: Time is Running Out
15. Ring of Red
14. Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity
13. Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume
12. Vandal Hearts II
11. Grand Kingdom
10. Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director’s Cut
09. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked
08. The Banner Saga
07. Shining Force III
06. Valkyria Chronicles
05. Front Mission 3
04. Fire Emblem: Awakening
03. Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance
02. Final Fantasy Tactics
01. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together

Thanks Farflame!

PS: Jagged Alliance 2 is an RPG!

General News

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Unknown
Genre: RPG
Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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Victor Vran: Overkill Edition - Interview

by Hiddenx, 09:49

Farflame spotted this Wccftech-Interview about Victor Vran: Overkill Edition with Haemimont CEO Gabriel Dobrev and Producer Bisser Dyankov:

Victor Vran: Overkill Edition – Chatting with Haemimont on Consoles, Motörhead & More

Haemimont Games, the largest Bulgarian development studio, is mostly known for the last three Tropico games. However, their most recent title is Action RPG Victor Vran, originally launched on Steam in July 2015 to overwhelmingly positive user feedback (90% of the total user reviews are positive).

The game is now about to get an ‘Overkill Edition’ which will launch on consoles (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) as well as PC. This version of Victor Vran comes with two brand new adventures: Fractured Worlds and Motörhead: Through the Ages, the latter clearly inspired by the famous English rock band.

We were able to send a few questions to Haemimont CEO Gabriel Dobrev and Producer Bisser Dyankov to learn more about Victor Vran: Overkill Edition ahead of the upcoming release.

Victor Vran launched almost two years ago on PC. Are you satisfied with the game’s performance and user feedback? Why is it the right time now to launch on consoles?

When we first launched on Early Access we didn’t know exactly what was going to happen, but we knew something was going to happen and that paid out really well for Victor Vran.
The players had a lot of involvement in what the game became later on. Initially, we weren’t really planning to add as much content as we did, but the direct comparison that everybody was doing with Diablo just more or less gave us the input to do something that can stand up next to Diablo in terms of playtime and amount of content.

We’re combining the launch on consoles with the launch of the new content on PC and because we couldn’t launch it on consoles originally we believe that now is a really good time to do it. Console players will have access to content at the same time of PC players.

[...]

 

Victor Vran: Overkill Edition

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Hellpoint - Preview

by Hiddenx, 09:40

Fextra Life checked out the Sci Fi Action RPG Hellpoint which is on Kickstarter right now:

Hellpoint Preview: Sci-fi Souls With a Horror Twist

Hellpoint by Cradle Studios, is an interesting blend of Dark Souls, Bloodborne and the space horror atmosphere of Dead Space. While clearly taking the backbone of its gameplay from Souls, the environments, setting and mood are all clearly inspired by dark sci-fi experiences like Dead Space, Alien or something in that similar vein.
As you fight your way through the demo level, a space station orbiting a black hole, the gameplay has a familiar feel, but the atmospheric mood is less than comforting. Let’s take a deeper look at a promising Indie game that just hit Kickstarter a few days ago.

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Thanks Farflame!

Hellpoint

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Syberia 3 - Released

by Hiddenx, 09:31

Syberia 3 - the final part of the adventure series - has been released:

Trailer:

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The devs are already working on a patch:

Update from the developers

Hello Syberia community. First of all thank you for your support and feedbacks ; both negative and positive. We are really happy to see that Syberia community is so strong. We really hope that new and ancient players will enjoy this new sequel and we would like to strengthen and improve our communication with the community. There is a lot of message and we are reading all of them and take all into account in order to provide you with updates.

We are currently working hard to deliver a patch as soon as possible that will help you to improve your game experience. Here is the list of the known issues we are working on.

  • Controls: we are improving control on keyboard/mouse and compatibility with most gamepad controllers.
  • Russian and Chinese Fonts are too small
  • Voice over and sound issues:
  • Save game issue: some of you have issue loading previous save. Currently the only known tip is to start a new game and load the previous save.
  • Material compatibility.
  • Mac optimization

Thank you for your patience.

Thanks Farflame!

Non-RPG General News

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Genre: Unknown
Platform: Unknown
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Friday - April 21, 2017

Cyberpunk 2077 - Brian Bethke responds to Cyberpunk Trademark

by Hiddenx, 19:41

Lucky Day spotted a statement from Brian Bethke about CD Projekt's Cyberpunk trademark on World Trademark Review:

Cyberpunk legend expresses concern over controversial trademark: "I wish someone from CD Projekt Red would contact me"

There has been an outcry over trademark applications for the term CYBERPUNK filed by video game developer CD Projekt Red. While much of the negative sentiment has been put to rest after the company released an open letter expanding on the marks, some concern remains – including from Bruce Bethke, who originally coined the term ‘cyberpunk’ in 1980.

The furore began last week following the discovery of an EU trademark application for the term CYBERPUNK, the term used for a popular subgenre of science fiction (exemplified by classic works of fiction including Blade Runner, Ghost In The Shell and Neuromancer). The trademark registrant was CD Projekt Red, developer of the popular Witcher series of video games and an upcoming title in development called Cyberpunk 2077 (based on 1980s role-playing game Cyberpunk 2020, created by R. Talsorian Games).
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A comment emerged that was attributed to Bruce Bethke, the author who originally coined the term ‘cyberpunk’ in in a popular short story written in 1980. He claimed that entities often try and trademark the term but they “never hold up” due to “the enormous amount of well-documented prior art”. Other commentators directed their disappointment at CD Projekt Red, with one asking: “Would it be better if they went with ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ specifically? This seems like overreach.” Another compared the mark to previous trademark applications that received public backlashes: “This is exactly the same as oppressive trademarks such as [King.com filing for] Saga or what the Fine Bros tried to do with React, however I can guarantee that despite how [bad] this is, there will be people ... who will defend this. In their eyes CD Projekt Red can do no wrong. This trademark will probably get rejected but it's still a scumbag thing to attempt to get.”
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Cyberpunk 2077

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Phoenix Point - Survey Results

by Hiddenx, 19:25

Snapshot Games published the results of their Phoenix Point survey:

Phoenix Point Survey Results

Here are the results of the Phoenix Point survey. There were 1861 replies. Thanks to everyone for participating. I will be doing an analysis for the next newsletter.

Question / Importance (1-5)

  • How important is it for the aliens to have a good AI in tactical battles? 4.6
  • How important is it to have a large variety of mission objectives 4.4
  • How important are destructible environments? 4.4
  • How important is it for to have a mutation/evolution system to generate a large variety of aliens? 4.2
  • How important is multi-level terrain (e.g. multiple floors in buildings)? 4.2
  • How important is it to have interesting story elements and plot twists? 4.0
  • How important is it to have a large variety of weapons and equipment compared to modern XCOMs? 4.1
  • How important is it to have procedurally generated battlefields? 4.0
  • How important is it for you to fight tactical battles to defend your base from alien assault? 4.0
  • How important is it to have extensive skill trees for each character class? 4.0
  • How important is it to have other human factions to trade/ally/fight/interact with? 3.8
  • How important is it to have a detailed resource / economic system? 3.8
  • How important is it for the shooting to have a more realistic model for hit probabilities? 3.8
  • How important is it to have a wounding system that can disable different body parts? 3.7
  • How important is a detailed geoscape reminiscent of the original X-COM? 3.7
  • How important is it for the game to feature fights with huge monsters? 3.7
  • How important is it to have modding? 3.6
  • How important is it for soldiers to have inventory management in battle? 3.5
  • How important is it to build multiple bases around the world? 3.5
  • How important is a modern Lovecraft/Cthulhu style theme and story? 3.5
  • How important is it to have a stealth system and stealth abilities for soldiers in battle? 3.4
  • How important is it to have drones/mechs/mini-tanks in tactical battles? 3.4
  • How important is a Time Unit (Action Point) system in tactical battles instead of a 2-action system? 3.2
  • How important is it to have larger squad sizes (8 or more) in battle? 3.3
  • How important is it to have less RNG dependent shooting compared to the modern XCOM? 3.2
  • How important is it to have a detailed air interception system? 3.2
  • How important is it to have a soldier class system instead of flexible soldier development? 2.6
  • How important is co-op multiplayer (e.g. some kind of horde mode)? 2.4
  • How important is it to have a pod activation system as in modern XCOMs? 2.4
  • How important is it to have controller support on PC? 1.9
  • How important is PvP multiplayer? 1.7
  • How important is it to have a console version of the game? 1.6

Thanks to all of you who took part in our survey. Now I want to share the results with you and discuss some of the interesting points.
Good AI tops the poll, and this is slightly, but pleasantly, surprising. For me it is always important, but I also want enemies to have distinct behavioural traits and a bit of unpredictability (i.e. randomness) thrown in.

A large variety of mission objectives comes second, and this is understandable. This is one of the key mechanisms which can make missions interesting over the long stretch of a campaign. I also want missions to have a meaningful context in the wider, strategic level of the game - and I want them to have their own unique stories. It’s a tall order, but clearly a high priority.

Fully destructible environments rank 3 in importance. It’s great to know that people still want to blow stuff to bits. I was a little disappointed that in XCOM 2 I could barely raze one building to the ground with a squad of grenadiers. I want to see structures toppled crushing monsters beneath them. I want enemy cover obliterated. I want mass destruction to be a possible strategy - at least in some situations. Bring it on.

At number 4 the mutation system for the aliens is a key new and unique feature, so I am pleased that this is rated so highly. But, as they say, the devil is in the details. We have a basic system working already and it is already proving interesting. However, we found that it is important to convey visually in some way all the key abilities that an alien may have, and to let the player get used to a certain type before mutation occurs. You will be able to name the alien mutant variants yourself, by the way, which can help with your battle field assessments e.g. the next time you come across ‘vomiting b*****d’ you know not to get too close to it.

Multi-level terrain at number 5 is a mild surprise, especially given the difficulty of navigating a more vertically complex map. We will have to strike a balance between interesting topology and usability here. Good level design is key.

For the 6th most important feature It’s great to see value attached to interesting story elements and plot twists - and you can be assured that with the extensive world building we have been doing with our writing team (Jonas and Allen) you will not be disappointed on this score.

It’s nice to see base defence missions ranked high at number 9. I missed this with the new XCOMs. In Phoenix Point your bases can be attacked by other human factions, not just aliens. Furthermore, the aliens will steal technology from you and other human factions. This should spice things up a bit.

Pleasantly surprising for me was the desire to have a more detailed economic system. Phoenix Point has some distinct 4X like elements to the strategic side of the game. The human factions gather resources, build structures, establish new havens, build tech and enter into alliances. From the player’s point of view, exploration, resources and diplomacy are important. I am very excited by developments in this part of the game.

The bottom end of the table reveals that you clearly want the focus to be on a PC based, single player experience. It would definitely be wise of us to place our limited resources in this direction.

Finally, thanks for your support - and look out for some major news very soon.

Julian Gollop

Phoenix Point

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Unknown
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Full Throttle Remastered - Released

by Hiddenx, 19:13

A remastered version of the classic point & click adventure Full Throttle has been released on GOG and Steam:

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Released by LucasArts in 1995, Full Throttle is a classic graphic adventure game from industry legend Tim Schafer, telling the story of Ben Throttle; butt-kicking leader of biker gang the Polecats, who gets caught up in a tale of Motorcycles, Mayhem and Murder. Now over 20 years later, Full Throttle is back in a remastered edition featuring all new hand-drawn and 3D high-resolution artwork, with remastered audio and music.

Thank you for the info, Lucky Day!

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Two Worlds II - Call of the Tenebrae Release Date

by Hiddenx, 19:04

PC Gamer reports that the Two Worlds II DLC: Call of the Tenebrae will be released on May 25.

Two Worlds 2: Call of the Tenebrae expansion release date set

Six years since its last outing.

To be honest, I'd forgotten all about Two Worlds when news of a new engine and incoming DLC packs surfaced last year. Reality Pump and TopWare Interactive kicked off its high fantasy RPG series in 2007, and followed up with Two Worlds 2 in 2010 in Europe and 2011 in North America. It launched an expansion, named Pirates of the Flying Fortress, and then went rather quiet.

A third game, a new engine, and two expansions were announced last March—and now one of those, Call of the Tenebrae, has a release date: May 25.

So, six years on, what's it all about? Here's TopWare with the official word:

"Two Worlds II: Call of the Tenebrae plunges the Hero into a decades-old mystery and a battle against a hideous, ancient evil known as The Tenebrae. The stakes have never been higher, but our hero won’t face this threat alone. Friends and foes both new and old await you, as you fight to discover the truth behind a powerful secret that will shake the Two Worlds universe to its core."

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Two Worlds II

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Release: Released

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The Executioner - Horror RPG

by Myrthos, 12:21

In case you would like to torture and execute people in a game, you can consider Kickstarting The Executioner, a horror RPG about the monster inside you (virtually speaking).

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Grim routine of a medieval executioner

On the 18th of April the good people of Lesser Evil Games launched a Kickstarter for “The Executioner” – a rough and gory tale of Theodor Grim, a man with a rare talent of recognizing lies wherever he hears it. It’s a story of a man that inherited an ungrateful job as a Royal Executioner.

Do you like serious games that make you deal with the uncomfortable mature questions and decisions? The ones, that leave very little space for heroism? This is the kind of game the team is shaping “The Executioner” to become.  

Gameplay consists of the three parts:
Torture chamber simulator. Use rich arsenal of tortures to get a confession. With a limited time left till victim’s execution you will need to be careful with the persuasion methods in order to keep the tortured in a proper shape for what comes.
Detective text quest. Delve through your victims’ crimes to justify your actions or seek for the true criminal if you believe the tortured is not the one.
Turn based combat. Many will stand on your way unwilling to share their filthy secrets. You will have Theodor Grim’s enormous strength and razor sharp perception by your side to fight those who dare to oppose the Royal Executioner.

The cornerstone of “The Executioner” is game’s psychological side. What are you willing to do to stay alive? How does a human perception change, affected by an everyday routine violence? What will become of a kingdom on a brink of revolution if the Royal Executioner refuses to do his dirty job?

If the Kickstarter campaign succeeds you will have a chance to find out rather soon – “The Executioner” is set to be released this autumn.

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Release: In development

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Aerea - Music Themed ARPG

by Myrthos, 12:07

In the section of 'Let's try something different' here is AereA, a music themed action RPG, in which the weapons used are (modified) muscial instruments. Apparently, music kills.

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Part of the music was made in cooperation with Broforce composer Deon van Heerden.

Today publisher SOEDESCO announced that Broforce composer Deon van Heerden is working on the soundtrack for Action RPG AereA. They also announced a June 30 launch date for the game. AereA will be available on PlayStation® 4, Xbox One and PC both boxed and digitally.

Cooperation with Broforce composer
AereA is a music themed Action RPG in which the player explores Aezir, a floating island that was broken into pieces. To really tap into the music theme of the game, SOEDESCO cooperates with Broforce composer Deon van Heerden for the soundtrack. To add more music to the release, the boxed version of AereA includes the game’s original soundtrack as a special edition.

Four playable characters
To celebrate the cooperation there’s an all-new trailer introducing AereA’s four heroes. Players get to play as Wolff the Harp-Archer, Jacques the Cello-Knight, Jules the Lute-Mage and Claude the Trumpet-Gunner. As disciples of Great Maestro Guido’s it’s their mission to find and return the nine primordial instruments and restore balance and peace in the world. Van Heerden composed a special soundtrack for this trailer.

Features

  • Enjoy the beautiful music by Broforce composer Deon van Heerden
  • Lose yourself in the beautifully hand-drawn graphic style in 4K resolution
  • Play as 4 different musical themed characters, each with their own unique set of abilities
  • Fight 9 unique bosses, inspired by a specific musical instruments
  • Explore multiple islands with a wide variety of biomes, enemies and puzzles
  • Switch to local 4-player co-op to form a team with up to 3 friends at any time

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SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Unknown
Genre: RPG
Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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ELEX - Prologue Trailer

by Myrthos, 09:07

Moriendor informed us that the IGN YouTube channel has a new video, the official prologue trailer of ELEX.

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ELEX

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Post-Apoc
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release: In development

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Seven - Gameplay Trailer

by Myrthos, 09:03

A new gameplay tailer for Seven: The Days Long Gone has been made available, in which you can hear some of the music that will be used in the game.

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Global publisher and developer IMGN.PRO is excited to reveal the new gameplay trailer for SEVEN: The Days Long Gone and present an amazing additional song for the game! The creator of the track, Gavin Dunne, is known for his Miracle of Sound project - his YouTube music channel currently has over 150 million views.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 20th, Bielsko-Biała, Poland.

IMGN.PRO and Fool's Theory are pleased to unveil the new gameplay trailer! On top of the massive amount of new locations, challenging combat, and heaps of action, players can also admire the special song for SEVEN: The Days Long Gone created by Gavin Dunne, the talented Irish musician collaborating with Marcin Przybyłowicz! Having written music for games such as Wasteland 2 and Rock Band, he also reached no. 1 on the iTunes metal chart with his album Metal Up.

After the latest stealth trailer for SEVEN: The Days Long Gone, Fool's Theory and IMGN.PRO are ready to present another hugely important element of their upcoming isometric RPG - the combat. Challenge a wide variety of enemies in the rich world of SEVEN: strange, powerful beasts, eternally hungry ghouls, winged insectoids straight from your nightmares, large, deadly arachnids, and more. See with your own eyes cities of the Vetrall Empire; visit Lawmer, Mortbane, and Warden's Hold, the biggest city of Peh... But beware of Deadzones swarming with dangerous creatures!

In the newest gameplay trailer, players can listen to the track that will appear in the end credits of the game - fragments of it will also be used in Artee village. Gavin Dunne feels very strongly about his work for SEVEN: The Days Long Gone:

"When the crew at IMGN.PRO told me about this game's setting and story, I was immediately interested, especially after seeing the gameplay videos. They created a great atmosphere - dark, dirty, raw, and mildly futuristic. I enjoy writing and singing in that gruff, grimy future-blues style. Besides, I was already a big fan of Marcin's work on the Witcher series. The song created for SEVEN is bluesy, drenched in old-style Americana, and it evokes the melancholy undertones of lost history and civilizations through the junk instruments used by Marcin and the crew."

The musician also explains that the lyrics - which are connecting to the Artee tribe's philosophy and history - are about preservation, celebration, and protection of art as a means of documenting history.

Marcin Przybyłowicz, creator of the score, had this to say about SEVEN: The Days Long Gone:

"SEVEN is a fantastic project to me - there's lots of space for creativity and a suggestive world showing a humanity that has managed to rise again after an apocalypse. In such conditions, people would create music differently - they would probably play on antique or handmade instruments. That's why, with the help of instrument collector Paweł Romańczuk, I've chosen from over a hundred weird, old exhibits from his collection; a couple of the most unusual ones that created unconventional sounds include an over-100-year-old Stroh violin, a bucket bass (a twisted variation of the double bass), a bucket cello, and a cardboard cello. But we also have guitar parts recorded by the excellent Polish guitarist Krzysztof Łochowicz. This makes SEVEN's music edgy and gives it a lot of character, grime, rust, and aeration".

Seven

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Post-Apoc
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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System Shock - April Update

by Myrthos, 08:57

In the April update for the System Shock remake there is some concept artwork shown and they have a few job openings, in case you are interested.

System Shock

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Shooter-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Thursday - April 20, 2017

Phoenix Point - Fig Campaign

by Hiddenx, 19:53

OnlySP reports that Phoenix Point uses Fig to get crowdfunded:

XCOM Creator to Crowdfund Next Project, Phoenix Point

Julian Gollop, one of the creators of the original X-COM series, is taking to Fig to crowdfund his next strategy game, Phoenix Point.

At the moment, access to the Fig campaign is limited to those who have already supported a project on the platform, and Gollop is aiming to raise $500,000 to bring the project to life. Phoenix Point has already been in development for over a year, first being announced in March 2016, with the first media emerging in June last year.

The game will follow closely in the footsteps of X-COM, being described as featuring “turn-based tactics” and “world-based strategy.” Also as with X-COM, Phoenix Point will take place in a near-future version of Earth, though rather than an alien invasion, the enemies are the result of a mutagenic virus that emerged alongside the melting permafrost. While these beasts will control the sea, players will control the sky and the two sides will do battle for control of the land.

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Thank you for the info, Farflame!

Phoenix Point

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Unknown
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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