Starbound is an extraterrestrial sandbox adventure game! You’ve fled your home, only to find yourself lost in space with a damaged ship. Your only option is to beam down to the planet below and gather the resources you need to repair your ship and set off to explore the vast, infinite...
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Release Date: Jul 22, 2016

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July 22

Starbound 1.0 is available now!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O6PUh3reG0
Hey everyone!

As you may have noticed, Starbound is out!
It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here!

"Starbound won't launch! What do I do?"
If you find that you can't launch Starbound after the update, please try deleting your Starbound directory and reinstalling.

Thanks everyone!

<3

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July 8

Starbound 1.0 is Leaving Orbit on 22 July 2016!



In case you missed it, Starbound is coming out of Early Access on 22 July, 2016.

After ~5 years, the game we set out to make finally exists, and to say that it all feels a bit surreal would be a massive understatement!

While Starbound will be finished in two weeks, this isn’t the end. We will continue to update and support Starbound for as long as we can. We’ve got loads of cool ideas we couldn’t fit into 1.0 but hope to put into future updates.

Thanks again for all your support over the years! You’ve stuck with us, and it means so much.

Look out for more info over the next couple of weeks!

<3

Chucklefish

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Reviews

“Starbound is one of the most impressive never-ending games I've ever played.”
9/10 – Polygon

“The game had a fairly rocky "early access" journey but after spending some time with the final build, but it looks like it has finally become the game we were promised all those years ago.”
4/5 – The Escapist

“I find it difficult to picture the person who wouldn’t enjoy Starbound. Parts, sure, but the whole is this sincere, incredibly ambitious sandbox that’s as full of charm, and space-faring pirate penguins, as it is stuff to build and places to explore.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

About This Game



You’ve fled your home, only to find yourself lost in space with a damaged ship. Your only option is to beam down to the planet below and gather the resources you need to repair your ship and set off to explore the vast, infinite universe…

In Starbound, you create your own story - there’s no wrong way to play! You may choose to save the universe from the forces that destroyed your home, uncovering greater galactic mysteries in the process, or you may wish to forego a heroic journey entirely in favor of colonizing uncharted planets.



Settle down and farm the land, become an intergalactic landlord, hop from planet to planet collecting rare creatures, or delve into dangerous dungeons and lay claim to extraordinary treasures.

Discover ancient temples and modern metropolises, trees with eyes and mischievous penguins. Make use of hundreds of materials and over two thousand objects to build a sleepy secluded cabin in the woods, a medieval castle, or an underwater arcade.



Starbound has been built from the ground up to be multiplayer and easily moddable. You have the tools to make the universe your own and modify the game to suit your play style - add new races, biomes, dungeons, and quests - the possibilities are limitless.



  • Choose from one of 7 playable races and customize your character
  • Save the universe in a story campaign featuring unique characters, bosses, dungeons and quests!
  • You're the captain of your very own starship! Decorate it, expand it and use it to explore a procedurally generated universe
  • Colonize uncharted planets and collect gifts from your tenants - if they like you, they may even ask to join your ship crew!
  • Three game modes - Casual (no need to eat), Survival (eat to survive/drop items on death) and Hardcore (permadeath)
  • Craft thousands of objects - building materials, armor, weapons, furniture and more
  • Capture unique monsters to fight alongside you
  • All content is available in online drop-in/drop-out co-op
  • Built from the ground up to be easily moddable. You have the tools to make the universe your own - add new races, biomes, dungeons, and quests

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB graphics memory and directx 9.0c compatible gpu
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: Core i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Discrete GPU capable of directx 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Os X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 64 bit Intel CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Os X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 64 bit Intel CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Debian Stable or Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB graphics memory and opengl 2.1 compatible gpu
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Debian Stable or Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later
    • Processor: Core i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB graphics memory and opengl 2.1 compatible discrete gpu
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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Very Positive (53,284 reviews)
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[NCF]Stevy
( 33.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Ah Starbound, it pushes the limits to what 2 dimensional platformers can do to the breaking point. Either in Singleplayer or with friends, this game is a blast. You start off escaping Earth due to a creature known as the Ruin. Eventually you repair your jumpship and have the entire universe accessible. Alas, it comes with a price. You'll spend a lot of time crafting and mining your Enviornmental Preperations, as some planets have no breathable atmostphere all the way to dangerously cold and radioactive. You learn about the cultures of all 6 races while travelling across the universe. This game makes you work, because in order to Jump to another planet or system, you need fuel, which comes from moons or you can buy some from Infinity Express. I would definetly reccomend this game to all that like exploring many areas for thousands of hours on end.
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Le Chat Noir
( 49.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
I played during beta, it was fun, I have yet to try this mode though.
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Mr. Bones
( 36.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Product received for free
Nuru is my waifu.
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Dapper Dan
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
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CarGT5000
( 83.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Terraria in space.
Need I say more?
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777
( 56.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Product received for free
we love this gameplay 9/10 but story is too short we need more story :(
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Ethan Bradberry
( 76.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
This game is hard to classify as an open world, because it forces you to do things, you cant play for very long because there is much to do or make. you cant have fun just playing since its so cluncky. I feel like this game makes so many promises but delivers on none. the solar system is not "new" its boring and repetitive.
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Jaded <3
( 31.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Game is not bad, loot system needs to be fixed, same with movement system. I recommend playing single player because of the loot system right now.
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eileenallen34
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 27
Product received for free
it is good but there is a problem it wont let me update it says content still encrypted plz help it is a very good game
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Akihaweebcity
( 46.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Starbound is a game that allows the player to explore vast planets to acheive the greatest technologies ever made.

Alright, this game is pretty good. It allows a tonne of customization, gives achievement hunters something to look for and also gives travellers a sick vibe. Each planet is generated differently but you will get the same type of temples and such. I've been playing since i believe the hippo update and I can say, this game has never failed to amaze me. They made it much more difficult to grab different ores while keeping it fun and alive. It really feels like you have to survive on your own and youre given minimal tools to do so. If you think you got the best armour (unless you really did) you will die to other planets very easily.

Give it a try and see how you guys like it. Its very fun with friends and I would only recommend playing with friends that'll adventure with you.

Many funny moments in this game and I'm glad ChuckleFish made such an awesome game.
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183 of 253 people (72%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
43.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
This game ended up being surprisingly stale, they cut a massive amount of functioning content that made the game more entertaining, leaving the game with little to stand on compared to it's predecessor or other games in it's genre.

-The weapons are overbalanced and stratified (Magic is a joke, swords can attack in a combo but they get a huge delay afterwards if you do, all melee weapons are around the same level of slow etc.)

-All the interesting flying and movement options are removed, the morphball is the only surviving relic of this stuff, but its useless and is never necessary out of dungeons, and because it lacks any special abilities all you do is move through tiny holes with it. Like how hard would it have been to make it drop a little energy bomb to solve switch puzzles or something?

-The main questline requires you just running through same styled planets and clicking on furniture until you luck out enough to be able to play a dungeon. This could happen on your first try, or only be possible after around 5 hours of gameplay going through towns and planets per quest.

The worst part of this is, the game USED to have interesting and fun content, there used to be more than one reason to go to a moon, there used to be fun flying techs and movement modifications. Weapons used to attack in reasonably diverse ways, and actually good ones used to exist. But all this functional and fun stuff that people enjoyed from early access was taken out.

The only reason I could see, seeing as how all the stuff worked and was finished, is that they wanted these things to "fit" in the game. Like they wanted the morph ball to be useful, so they designed dungeons and levels with holes small enough to require it. But if say, someone had a jetpack, then any dungeon with a jumping puzzle would be trivialized. Thing is, they still have jumping techs in the game, because the "meat" of the game is still exploration, so you still can cheat at jumping puzzles, just not to the same extent. So in addition to failing there, this also means that you will never really be able to explore as easily as you want to, because the "meat" of the game is crippled by the devs inability to work around flight mechanics when designing pointless single item drop puzzle rooms.

This game's skeleton is still a metroidvania, and do you know what metroidvania's AREN'T beloved for, platforming and balanced combat. Few people played Castlevania Symphony of the Night and then commented "Wow I hate the crissaegrim, magic, and being a bat, climbing this tower while fighting the 800 medusa heads that spawned should have been WAY more tedious for me."

The changes made seem to reflect the dev's desire to make the game feel "whole" on release, no loose or frayed ends, and with mechanics at least "loosely" fitting in with what they've done, but the aspects of the gameplay they sought to preserve by removing content are the least palatable parts of the game, and now were stuck in a crippled snoozefest.

In summary, the devs goofed with their decisionmaking and the game has suffered for it.
Its a space game, throw in black hole guns, giant orbital beam cannons, jetpacks, lazer swords that can attack rapidly and in huge arcs, put in nukes that can unexist whole planets, either yielding huge mineral rewards or releashing eldritch terrors I need to fight with my ship. Throw in short range blink teleportation that doesnt suck. Make light not be an Issue for god sakes, I know the monster hunter logic of "the more we cripple the player the more mechanics we can have to uncripple them" and that makes sense for that game, but were in space for christ's sake, ALL suits would have A light on them, and there's enough other things going on that this wouldn't be missed. Put in high gravity planets, put in planets with poisonous food so you need to stock up. Throw in floating sky cities that hover on high density gas planets(real scientific possibilty for venus colonization). Or at the very least just put BACK in some of the fun that was removed.

The game as it stands is you double jumping around samey rocks while swinging a sword one time a second and clicking alien pots to get to the next dungeon. All other content is either nigh pointless or removed, and what's left is boring.

PS: This is reposted from a community discussion.
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41 of 59 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
175.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
The release of 1.0 has been met with both negative and positive responses; largely negative, as early-access players feel that the game lacks some of the content that previous builds promised. And honestly, I'm inclined to agree with this sentiment. Prior to 1.0, Chucklefish presented us with mechanics like racially exclusive weaponry, temperature variants and even space stations. There was a lot of great content that has since been removed.
However, the game still has the potential to change, something that a lot of people fail to recognise.

PROS:
- Visually speaking, this is one of the nicest looking pixel platformers I've ever seen.
- The crafting system is rich and complex, but does take getting used to. You now have the ability to upgrade your crafting stations instead of building newer models. The scan function on your M.M now means you can craft any item you've scanned prior, which is handy.
- Each species gets its own unique ship, armour sets, dialogue and lore (with the exception of the Novakid. Seriously. Where are my Novakid towns, Chucklefish?)
- There is a lot to explore, both above and below ground. No two planets are alike.
- If you have the incentive, building houses and buildings is a fun and rewarding experience. You can even summon settlers to occupy your builds for you.

CONS:
- The new HUD and item bar are difficult to use and look ugly. The old one worked fine, and wasn’t in need of a makeover.
- Combat swings between being enjoyable and insufferable. The ‘damage on contact’ system is stupid, especially when coupled with the number of monsters that spawn; I’ve had ten of the things on screen, and died because of lag because I was crushed in the middle.
- Five years and there’s still no ‘store all’ option for item containers.
- The story is weak, flimsy and repetitive.

As a sandbox survival game, Starbound is brilliant. There is a lot to see, millions of planets to explore and a great deal of depth to building and creating, as well as the reintroduced hunger mechanic.
As an action game, however, Starbound falls short. Combat is weak and laggy (the game has trouble running when there’s a lot on screen) and the story falls flat.

Personally, I love this game; I love it because building and creating and exploring is something I enjoy. I’m quite happy to spend an hour or two gathering materials to customise my ship or house with. However, this isn’t for everyone. If you’re looking for a more balanced experience regarding combat and plot, then there are other games which are much better suited.
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54 of 82 people (66%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
30.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Starbound is essentially Terraria... if Terraria were a mediocre amalgamation of 15 genres at once. The best word to describe Starbound is tedious. Everything you do in this game is tedious:

Mining takes forever, and one misstep can get you killed. This wouldn't be a problem if the controls worked well, but they are extremely awkward. Also, in survival mode you lose money and drop all your important items on death, so if you die somewhere where you can't get them you're basically screwed.

Farming is absolutely pointless. The plants take way too long to grow, planting the seeds and watering them take forever, and it makes almost no money. Not to mention the fact that inventory management is incredibly awkward and frustrating.

Exploration is boring as hell. Planets are all just generic biomes like desert and forest and plains. Also, there's really no point to building a base on a planet because it's just a waste of resources and you can just put all your things on your ship. Speaking of the ship, it is very minimalistic. There's no deep customization, just (exteremely expensive) size upgrades. Also, it is incredibly slow. The way you travel between planets is just clicking on it and then waiting. There's no interesting gameplay of any description. The space travel is nothing but a gimmick.

The story really has no place in this game. There is absolutely zero orignality to it. Just the standard find all the things to kill the giant monster. I'd say the character interactions are pointless, but you can barely even call them interactions. You have no choices, and the text always goes by too fast or too slow. Also, the dialogue is dull as dishwater.

Gear is horribly implemented. It works similarly to something like Borderlands or Diablo, so you'll be getting tons of useless items that clutter your inventory. And the combat is basic as hell. Every enemy functions more or less the same.

In conclusion, this game is just a lesser Terraria which is more expensive for no reason. Please don't waste your time and money, and play Terraria instead.
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39 of 56 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
192.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
This game is essentially a really cool lego set with a rather poor story and some cool dungeons which you need to grind boring crap for hours to actually do.

Many of the items that actually made it into the game are useless...
Hoverbikes are practical, but awful.
Boats.... why would you ever want one? There don't appear to be any oceans to traverse other than the ones on ocean planets. And on those everything worthwhile is underwater. By the time you can afford either you'll probably be sick of the game.
Farming is too tedious and nothing can be automated. There's a cool wiring system, but not a lot useful you can actually do with it.
Colonies are simply player made sources of the same crappy fetch and escort quests that non-player villages can do. Colonists won't farm for you.
Your crew are more of a pain than a help and will constantly block crafting stations.

This looks like an excellent game engine upon which a great game could be made using mods; but by itself it really isn't a great game. It's certainly not what we were sold in the kickstarter nor does it live up to the promise of what was in beta.
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30 of 44 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
475.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
It is a very sad day indeed when the people that play a game know more about it than the people that made it. I have played Starbound from the very beginning, before it was an early access game on Steam. It was awesome! The things they had planned for this game, the things they had already available for this game was very exiting indeed. Every time you went to a planet, you got a different palette of trees, rocks, soil, water, monsters and food! They had the promise of different abilities for each race. At the very beginning they had a system where you had to build a fire to keep warm until you could muster enough resources to make yourself warm clothes!!! Then the combat update came! The game they where designing then was very promising indeed.

Sadly most of this stuff has been taken out. Along the way they lost the vision of the game they had and 1.0 is what we got. A very boring and empty game. What the devs fail to understand is that the community was playing the last stable update, and loving it, look at the ratings! All I wanted was a sort of story and lore to be created for the universe I was playing in and that would of been awesome! But instead I got 1.0, a shallow, stripped down version of a game that I was promised. To top it off, it’s full of awful bugs and optimization problems! It’s funny when you think about it, the beta was more stable and more optimized. I wish I could uninstall 1.0 and go back to the last stable version, I had more toys to play with in that version. My sensei once told me that to be successful you need a posture in life. When you do something, you have to believe in what your doing and stand by it, even when the waters come rushing against it and try to bring it down. They should of kept their initial vision, the game would have been a lot better. I can’t recommend this title in it’s current state. I’m happy that you sold over 60 000 copies since 1.0’s release guys, but once the community has a taste of what they bought, I don’t think your gonna sell much more, just look at the new reviews coming in.
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36 of 61 people (59%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
105.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
The game is like space Terraria but much less to do.

You know the saying? The journey is more important than the destination. Well the journey sucks in this game and there is no destination

Pros:

• Space.
• So many interesting worlds and sets.
• Missions and story have great aesthetic.
• Ships are cool
• Decent variety of planets.
• Building is easy and the variety of building materials allows for a lot of creativity.
• Building your ship can be super cool
• There are some very neat random dungeons
• The races are very creative
• The game is fun with friends

Cons:

• Very VERY limited things you can craft compared to a game like terraria.
• Hunger is stupid
• Crew system is super underwhelming
• A lot of things in the game that feel worthless such as pets, crafting weapons, buying basically anything from merchants.
• Way, way, WAY too easy to find everything in the game. Every tear of ores can be found in around 30 minutes of being on your first planet with the ore, and then you never need to mine for it again.
• The game has a very short cap. You finish everything you can do in the game after hardly any work.
• Quests that aren't in the main story are abysmal. There are like 3 different quests and they all suck. Go get this, kill this, or bring this to this person. They terrible payout so there is no incentive to do them at all.
• Money is super easy to come by and not used for like anything, making it virtually worthless
• The character customization options are actually very disappointing both at the character creation and throughout the game
• The game is extremely linear for a sandbox, you have very specific paths to take until the end where is seems like they thought, “Oh ♥♥♥♥, we need to give players multiple options for armor in a sandbox game”

Summary:

In the end, a lot of the gameplay mechanics seem not thought through and kind of worthless. The game is very incoherent at times, and worst of all, when you get to final tier of armor it is the most disappointing and unsatisfying thing in the game. The only way I'd recommend this game is if you really REALLY liked building and making a town, even then there are better games for that. Because that is the only thing in this game that requires any effort, but that has no payout besides being able to see a ton of people in your town. It’s very disappointing, because the beginning of the game is so fun and new, but as that feeling goes away, you get a very big disappointment. I hope for the game to improve as I’m sure the developers will continue to add to it. But until then, it is a no from me.
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22 of 35 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
111.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
The combat in this game is awful. The slow, unweildy weapons, in addition to the painfully low fps and lag issues, make every fight a chore. Enemies will always make a b-line straight for the middle of your hitbox, and when they get there, they're bound to hit you two or three times while you desparately try to switch weapons and move out of the way. If you don't have a high vantage point, you're at a severe dissadvantage.

Energy is pathetic. You typically only have enough energy with any given gun to take out one enemy, maybe, and that's if you don't miss. The only efficient means of combat I found I was to use a rocket launcher and try to take enemies out before they reached me, but again, this only ever worked if I didn't miss, and sometimes I'd still run out of energy before they died. They also sometimes innexplicably got pushed towards me by a grenade that landed in front of them.

Enemy encounter rates in this game are obnoxious. You can't walk 10 feet on a planets surface without bumping into something that wants to kill you, and they all tend to fall into two groups: flyers and chargers. Both will, of course, make a b-line straight for the center of your hitbox. The strategies for these repetitive and similar enemies never strays far from "shoot until dead". Bandits and cultists are the worst. They're always in groups, and they always carry guns. This means that, unless you have a sheild, you can expect to eat lead throughout the entire fight. Even blocking in this game is a joke, with the lousy hit detection.

Weapon and armor crafting is insultingly linear and artificially paced. You have the level of weapons and armor the game wants you to have, when they want you to have it. Most of the time, you'll ignore the pitifully few weapon types the game allows you to craft in favor of things you've already picked up. For some mindblowing reason, each tier of crafting only has two weapons of seemingly random variety. Two! For instance, one tier only has a spear and a knife. Want a hammer? Too bad!

The game's mediocre, almost non-existent plot isn't worth all this trouble. Build yourself a nice house on your homeworld and let the universe deal with Cthulhu themselves.
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15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
63.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
The game is terrible. They ripped all meaningful content out of the game and all that is left is a husk. They probably did this to hit 1.0 "release".

The devs don't take criticism well. I don't recommend buying this game.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
i played this game a long time ago in beta. trying it now, i cant help but think, i wish i was still playing the beta version becasue the release is a flat downgrade in terms of gameplay. they removed a ton of content
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18 of 31 people (58%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
44.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Everyone already said it, shallow game for the time and money invested in it, they got bored of it, pushed it to 1.0 with the smallest amount of content available. Expected much more, got 'every monster looks like some silly Pokemon'. Really bad character design along with the game design that is just disastrous
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