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Square-Enix Reveals Dungeon Siege III

So apparently, this is the game that was supposed to make journalists do a "double take." ...well, I suppose.

Today, Square-Enix has announced Dungeon Siege III, the newest installment in the RPG franchise and developed by Obsidian Entertainment "with input from the original developer, Gas Powered Games." The franchise will make its debut on consoles and come to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. They're looking to create an "evolved action/RPG experience" and in addition to breaking the boundaries of the PC realm, it will also boast an all-new co-op multiplayer mode. The gameplay should be interesting as the press release explains DSIII as a "seamless blend of intuitive action gameplay and a robust RPG system in an immersive world where every decision the player makes will result in consequences." Said Feargus Urquhart, CEO and Co-Founder of Obsidian Entertainment:

"It's a distinct privilege and thrill to become a part of the Dungeon Siege legacy. This partnership with Square Enix is a milestone for both Obsidian and the franchise, and the two companies' strengths for compelling characters and storytelling will shine throughout Dungeon Siege 3."

John Yamamoto, president and chief executive officer of Square-Enix, added that his company is "committed to expanding our portfolio of games across a wide variety of genres." Other features include being able to "pick from unique and highly customizable character classes," the chance to "recruit companions with unique personalities and abilities," and the "weighty decisions" players will have to make throughout the adventure. This all sounds great but we're still trying to wash the taste of Obsidian's latest, Alpha Protocol, out of our mouths. Maybe they were too busy focusing on this new project, or something.

Related Game(s): Dungeon Siege III

6/7/2010 12:14:22 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (54 posts)

MyWorstNightmar
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 12:31:25 PM
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Well SE certainly seems excited about it. Although I am sure this was not in the top 5 of Square Enix fan's wishlists.

Anybody play this franchise on the PC? I would ask Limited V, but he has been MIA since April.

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coverton341
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 2:31:36 PM

I've played the series on PC and it is decent but Dungeon Siege 2 felt like it heavily borrowed from Diablo 2 almost too much. All in all a decent series and I am half excited about this but given the track records of both Square and Obsidian as of late I am withholding a full blown "oh boy!" until I see it.

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Rings0fUranus
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 3:55:42 PM

I played Dungeon Siege 1 when it came out and it was a pretty decent Diablo clone. Not so sure about Obsidian taking the reins, though.

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BTNwarrior
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 4:36:08 PM

I really enjoyed the first one, it really reminded me of icewind dale.

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Thinker
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 8:16:38 PM

I played the first one, back in 2002, when it was brand new and technologically revolutionary (especially considering there was no APPARENT loading in the game anywhere)

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Jawknee
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 12:33:00 PM
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Sooooo....when are we going hear more about games actually developed by Square?

Are they no longer able to make it on their own? Seems the only games Square and Capcom for that matter are pushing are games by other developers. "Expanding their portfolio" doesn't seem to be working because I am once again.....underwhelmed.

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OtisFeelgood
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 1:09:36 PM

Ditto

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coverton341
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 2:34:28 PM

The only reason I am mildly interested is because the series is half-way decent to begin with but as for freaking out with excitement...not going to happen ever again over a Square offering I am afraid. They just don't seem to have the presence they used to any more.

Unless they announce a turn-based RPG that is...yeah never.

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Oxvial
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 12:36:29 PM
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Games like this and dragon age suck without keyboard.

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Hazama
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 12:43:18 PM
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CO-op RPG Sounds awesome 2 me?

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Highlander
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 12:43:32 PM
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OK so this might be good... Who knows? I do know that if they can keep making different action RPGs, they can sure as hell make one turn based game. We seem to be able to have just about every other kind of RPG so why not turn based?

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laxpro2001
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 6:13:27 PM

Maybe because the new generation of gamers wouldn't respect turn-based RPGs as much because they are so used to action. I guess square doesn't realize how many gamers actually did and still do enjoy turn-based RPGs

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Hazama
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 12:50:08 PM
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Because SE has a EXTREME EDGE thats why lol id love a good turn based RPG but SE just seems 2 b moving away from that in favour off action trying 2 satisfy new audience which wont work they seem 2 think theres no audience for turn based anymore mby if we r the luckest ppl ever they go back 2 being squaresoft

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Dancemachine55
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 7:27:33 AM

Too right.

If S-E hadn't made such a big deal about this, I'm sure there would've been a more positive focus on a new and pretty decent sequel to a franchise coming soon.

But no, S-E had to hype it up bigger than the next Halo.

That Twitter post about people doing double takes to this announcement was the icing on the cake. Only time that would happen is with an announcement of FF VII remake being nearly done without anyone knowing, or KH 3 coming along.

The more I hear from S-E, the less I care.

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CHAOS THEORY X
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 12:56:42 PM
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Lame :/ Thanks SE you ruined my day

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Hazama
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 12:58:36 PM
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lol howd it ruin your day .........? u had your hopes up thats your own fault dont blame the currently Emphasis on the currently Flawed SE

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Jawknee
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 1:02:40 PM

Square acted like this was the second coming. Of course some would be disappointed when they realize it's just another false prophet.

:)

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shadowscorpio
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 1:11:04 PM
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SE call me when you have an exclusive turn based JRPG for the PS3. I'm out.

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chedison
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 1:17:31 PM
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Does anyone else think this sounds a little like Dragon Age to me?

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kraygen
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 1:33:05 PM
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I've never played a dungeon siege game so this doesn't over excite me. I'll keep my eye on it tho, because I do love my some multiplayer rpg, but only if done right.

After what SE and obsidian have done lately I won't hold my breath tho.

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Clamedeus
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 1:36:12 PM

Same as me, i never played a Dungeon Siege game as well. Also going to be on the look out for it.


-love RPG's :D

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Underdog15
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 1:37:47 PM
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I just closed my mouth and had to rub my face from it being sore from frowning and pointing my eyebrows DOWN. News didn't raise my eyebrows.

I dunno, maybe it'll be good... But what the heck, SE... what part about this makes journalists turn their heads? It's just a general game announcement.

Seriously... a bit of a yawner.

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Nynja
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 3:52:18 PM

In complete disbelief that SE would make such a big deal over a series that is just a Diablo clone.

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JackC8
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 1:45:12 PM
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So Obsidian's last game got a 5.8/10, and now they're coming out with another one already. My excitement level is about as high as logical thinking would predict it to be.

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Underdog15
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 2:17:10 PM
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I thought to myself a couple weeks ago, "You know, SquareEnix has done this before... hyped something that was stupid or a DS port. And you always get disappointed. Don't get excited about this, ok?"

Shortly after that, if not before that, I ignored my own advice and anticipated the news, checking back here daily in hopes of reading about something that would turn heads.

I got excited for nothing. I should listen to the smart side of me more often. SE = BS.

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TheAgingHipster
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 2:31:30 PM
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I have NO idea what Okada is thinking. All I can hope is that Square-Enix has some grand scheme, and this stream of mediocre game announcements is just smoke and mirrors to keep us distracted while they create the next genre-changing, mind-blowing, mega-blockbuster.

SE, you could still be the best of the best, if you would just stop venturing away from what you're good at, and focus on making games for the people who got you where you are today!

Dammit!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 2:35:58 PM
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First take: Dungeon Seige III, Double Take: That's not big news.

I guess we all knew this would happen. I won't knock it because I haven't played a Dungeon Siege game but I know there is some kind of following. I kinda felt bad that my buddy Jason Statham got roped into making that bad movie version though.

I just hope it comes out as good as Dragon Age but I agree with everyone above in that they should balance this new direction with real JRPGs. Obsidian you need to finish New Vegas and prove yourselves after that Alpha Protocol debacle.

SE officially is retarded with their pants on their heads.

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johnld
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 2:45:00 PM
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i wonder if they made this deal with obsidian before they found out that alpha protocol was messed up. still, its another way that square enix is westerning up themselves. go to hell square enix. you keep proving again and again that you have lost touch with all your fans and now i dont really give a crap about you guys anymore. you want to westernize all of your games and lose those fans, mission accomplished, at least for me that is. i believe level 5 is more than capable to pick up the slack.

by the way, seeing john yamamoto labeled as president and ceo kinda made me happy abit. granted hes the pres and ceo for square enix in america, it still sounded great that it wasnt yoichi wada. now if they can only fire him or at least put him where it doesnt matter what he does, like head of that final fantasy drink things.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 3:12:03 PM

hopefully they will see how poorly this western focus sells and get a clue.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 3:05:59 PM
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At some point, people will learn not to reply to spam. The user and all posts are deleted the instant I see it. Not sure how many times I have to say it.

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Nynja
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 3:09:34 PM

Forever.

Just ignore the posters who aren't aware. The community will inform them for you :)

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Nynja
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 3:49:26 PM
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Based on the title, I now know why they decided to announce it outside of E3.

If they were to announce it during or shortly after E3, it would just get lost in the pile.

****EDIT:
Okay, I just checked out some vids for the PSP version of Dungeon Siege. It collected pretty decent review scores. I'll keep a distant eye on this game.

Still does not excuse SE from all the hype.

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dillonthebunny
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 4:03:17 PM
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what would i wish for?

world peace, a million million pounds, super powers ...erm, oh wait.. Square to make Dragon Siege 3!!!!

:-/

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BikerSaint
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 5:10:10 PM
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Big shocker????

"Facepalm,
large sigh,
giant long yawn,
and back to sleep!!!!!

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Mr Bitey
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 5:52:54 PM
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NOOOOOO! Not Obsidian. Please, anyone but Obsidian.


(btw, I really hope they don't destroy Fallout New Vegas)

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FullmetalX10
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 6:05:31 PM
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I'm still waiting for a Kingdom Hearts 3 (PS3 exclusive) announcement -_-

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 6:10:10 PM

Keep waitin, two Kingdom Hearts games will be at E3 which "Aren't KHIII"

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Snaaaake
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 6:12:40 PM
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Oh, I see. JRPG company announcing WRPG?

Go to hell Square Enix........

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TEG3SH
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 6:17:06 PM
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Apparently I suck at JPRG cause I never even heard of I & II really SE really ??!!!!!!!??!!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!

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DemonNeno
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 7:07:04 PM
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*Sigh* Well.. I guess I'll keep "settling" with my texture modded FFVII on the PC. Blah.

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Dancemachine55
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 8:22:21 PM
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Square, why do you keep doing this to us, your fans?

For crying out loud, listen to your fans!!! How many people asked for a Dungeon Siege sequel? Now compare that to the number of people asking for a Final Fantasy VII remake or Kingdom Hearts 3.

Now, given, I haven't played a Dungeon Siege game, so I don't know what it's like, but Square built up all this hype over this?!?!? Really!?!?!?

Square's image is really going down the drain ever since they bought out Eidos. Come on!!! Bioware and Blizzard are making better RPGs than these guys now, and Square used to be the king of RPG games.

R.I.P. Squaresoft. Your fans will miss you.

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StangMan80
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 9:16:52 PM
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Wow all the hype for this I never even herd of the series untill now. You dissapointed a lot of people shame on you SE. They are many other games we wanted and this wasn't on the top of trhe list of games we wanted or even expected.

Way to go SE with dissapointing you fans AGAIN.


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NeoHumpty
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 9:22:19 PM
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I knew the "double take" would only be a WTF reread of what I just read.

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CharlesD
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 10:02:56 PM
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People don't tend to catch on to that kind of thing too quick. The whole spam bot thing I mean. Anyways, I don't know much about this game and from what I hear it does sound surprisingly like diablo and other games of that type. Hopefully, it is done well and as with so many other games on their way, I am waiting for the review.

Not really sure this is the game that everybody will be doing a "double take" on..

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laxpro2001
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 10:04:44 PM
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Disappointment

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Alienange
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 10:45:57 PM
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Dungeon Siege? It's not the lamest action rpg out there but it certainly wasn't the best. You take the same amount of action that was in Diablo II and stretch it out over a game about fifty times longer and you've got the yarn that is the Dungeon Siege series.

An old PC game that died years ago being resurrected by Square Enix... they should have gone with Duke Nukem.

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___________
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 3:10:41 AM
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when are one of these "industry changing" reveals actually going to live up to their hype?
see, this is exactly why im always disappointed in things because the industry has a bad habit of hyping anything like the second coming!
like the visceral reveal, yeah art cover is sooooooooo interesting!!!!!!!!!!!
i wont be surprised if the next "big reveal" is this morning i took a dump!
honestly, please, if were going to reveal something lets make sure its something worth revealing.
not hard no?

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Nynja
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 7:45:30 AM

When PS4, Next Xbox, Next Nintendo is announced.

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___________
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 8:23:11 AM

meh, by then it will be too late!

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TheOldOne
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 10:51:23 AM
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I played both (Dungeon Siege 1&2) PC games and they were good overall. But they were always overshadowed by the Bethesda RPGs (Morrowind, Oblivion) and the Bioware RPGs (Neverwinter Nights 1&2, Knights of the Old Republic) which were superior if you ask me.

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SmokeyPSD
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 12:47:00 PM
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I found dungeon siege to be pretty forgettable and shallow as far as RPGS go. in the hands of Obsidian, it's a definate no buy for me.

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Deleted User
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 4:52:22 PM
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Dungeon Siege was pretty cool for what it was. It was a 3D version of Diablo back in its hey-day.

This will probably turn out to be a more polished version of Sacred 2.

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Robochic
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 3:49:55 AM
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Snoozeville...really this is what they are hyped about.

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Russell Burrows
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 12:37:54 PM
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Yawn! Boresville SE!!!
I knew this "news" was going to be boring.

On the subject of Games going to storage limited DVD media:

I hope that soon the DVD disc goes bye, bye.

Oh God! here we go again!
Another SE multiplat game......yawn.

SE announcing an ""identical"" FFXIII for PS3 and 360 and what the poor folks got on the 360 version was inferior thanks to the limited storage capacity of DVD!

Expect the same for any 360 multiplats from now on since insiders at many Game Development studios including Obsidian are really upset at haveing to cut Game content due to the limited storage capacity of the DVD that the 360 uses.

I just hope that the only cut content is on the DVD version of Fallout: New Vegas.

PS3 and Blu Ray Uber Alles.

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