Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax is a fast-paced 1-4 player couch co-op action shooter, combining SHMUP/Brawler gameplay with RPG elements. Choose your game mode, settings, mechs, weapons & upgrades to customize your experience. Soar through space, defeat evil & save the future... from itself!
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Release Date: Nov 10, 2015

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September 23

Update 1.2.1

Patch for SGW:SC has been released. Patch notes after the break!

  • Fixed Red Tiger time slow effects staying if Red Tiger dies or is incapacitated during it
  • Fixed Campaign not progressing to upgrade selection if all stats were maxed out
  • Fixed losing control of mech when disconnecting and reconnecting controllers in a specific way and improved message prompts in the same situation
  • Fixed Terminus not recharging its bubble shield after being stunned by Amber Fox distortion tech in a specific point in its pattern
  • Improved hitbox visibility when the setting is on
  • Tweaked Amber Fox and Silver Wolf special moves
  • Fixed some projectiles and line vfx potentially becoming invisible after level reset
  • Fixed boss warning sound playing even with master or sfx volume set to 0%
  • Improved visibility of certain enemy projectiles and toned down sun flare in Unstable Sun level
  • Fixed individual Galaxy Invader enemies becoming extra durable after fighting the Galaxy Invaders boss
  • Added ‘Environment effects’ option to ‘Misc’ options which currently affects only Unstable Sun level flares
  • Fixed Amber Fox special move staying visible after stage clear
  • Fixed Campaign not progressing with 4 players
  • Added an alternate key for distortion technique (Q)
  • Fixed details panel UI arrows position for players 2-4
  • Misc small fixes and improvements

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September 9

Stellar Climax has come!

Galaxy Warriors,

The time has come! Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax has arrived for PC, Linux, Mac, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4™! If your gaming device is not a potato, you can now get your spacegloves on the most awesome Arcade Shooter in all the galaxies! If you love it, please tell your friends, favorite streamers, and the gaming media so that the world will know how awesome your Stellar Climax experience was! :)

Check out the trailer here!

Check out the patch notes here!

...And now, a message from Dreamloop Games co-founder Steve Stewart:

After two long years of tireless work, you will now be able to play the definitive version of Stardust Galaxy Warriors! It has been an incredibly long road, but one that we feel was extremely rewarding. We're so thankful to everyone who has made this journey possible, and we'll continue to do all we can to keep the players happy. We know that our effort does not go unnoticed by our community, and for that we are incredibly thankful.

I hope you love Stellar Climax as much as we have loved making it!

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your continued support!

Steve Stewart
Dreamloop Games

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“Fun, tongue-in-cheek humor, a buttery-smooth framerate, awesome music, and the ability to custom tailor things to your liking makes Stardust Galaxy Warriors one of the best games I’ve played in a long while.”

About This Game

Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax is an engaging 1-4 player couch co-op action shooter game, combining SHMUP and Brawler-like gameplay with light RPG elements. Choose from different game modes, gameplay settings, mechs, weapons and upgrades to customize your experience freely. Soar through space, defeat evil and save the future... from itself!

  • Local co-op for up to 4 players
  • 5 badass player characters, with their distinct special abilities and superweapons
  • A vast arsenal of primary and secondary weapons
  • An extensive and customizable list of game settings; play the way you want
  • A light touch of RPG-mechanics, just for fun
  • A 10-level campaign with a tongue-in-cheek story to tie it together
  • Endless Gauntlet-mode that gets progressively harder as you play
  • Challenge mode with five predefined challenges
  • An amazing, album-length soundtrack (DLC)
  • A disco ball
  • A character named Gundula von Übelvamp
  • No shocking plot twists in the end, like totally
  • You can always trust bullet points

You are the new Galactic Police Force, restoring peace and order to the universe. Up to four-player adventures await! Jump in your Galaxy Gear Mech and become the space warrior that saves the future. It's now or never.

Go with the default rulesets, or tune the gameplay settings to your liking. Adjust health and shield amounts, fire rates, drop rates, hitbox sizes or turn friendly fire on for a frantic, dangerous experience. Choose the way you play from relaxed star rides to maddening bullet-hells!

    Choose from five unique, badass mechs, each coming with its own special abilities.
  • Blue Falcon, the Sniper, uses spears and missile barrages to kill his opposition from afar.
  • Red Tiger, the Berserker, goes hog wild with frenzied claw attacks and time altering abilities.
  • Silver Wolf, the Dasher, charges from place to place exploding enemies into pieces with his bombs.
  • Black Bear, the Reflector, uses shields to make her allies invulnerable and her enemies die to their own bullets.
  • Amber Fox, the Nullifier, sucks in enemy fire only to return it to them tenfold and stabilizes the playing field.

Blast evil left and right. The campaign game mode takes you to a perilous journey through space. From the depths of oceans, through alien hives and haunted factories to the outer limits of hyperspace. Explore the galaxy and its beautiful space scenery while destroying the evil.

Equip yourself with a combination of primary and secondary weapons, ranging from pulse rifles, chain guns and rail guns to rockets, shotguns and space flamethrowers! Up to 49 unique weapon combinations in addition to different upgrades and power-ups help you on the way.

Synth samples of yesterday are your allies in the struggle for tomorrow. Hypermelodic soundtrack is here to match your galactic operations!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP or newer
    • Processor: 2.4GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512Mb NVIDIA GeForce 9800 / ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT or greater
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Game controller OR mouse only OR mouse+keyboard
    • OS: Windows 7 or newer
    • Processor: 2.8GHz+ Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512Mb NVIDIA GeForce 440 / AMD Radeon 5670 or greater
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Game controller OR mouse only OR mouse+keyboard
    • OS: OSX 10.7 or newer
    • Processor: 2.4GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Game controller OR mouse only OR mouse+keyboard
    • OS: OSX 10.7 or newer
    • Processor: 2.8GHz+ Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon 5670 or greater
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Game controller OR mouse only OR mouse+keyboard
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or newer
    • Processor: 2.4GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512Mb NVIDIA GeForce 9800 / ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT or greater
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Game controller OR mouse only OR mouse+keyboard
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or newer
    • Processor: 2.8GHz+ Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512Mb NVIDIA GeForce 440 / AMD Radeon 5670 or greater
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Game controller OR mouse only OR mouse+keyboard
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977 of 995 people (98%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
216.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
This is not a review of the game, it's a comment on the Dev team.

I mentioned to the Dev that I love games like this, but being hemiplegic limits me to only being able to play games that have mouse-movement. It was just an offhanded (pun) comment to explain a question I posted.

Two days later, the Devs sent me a message saying they were able to add a way to use mouse movement. They rewrote their game's control scheme just so I could play.

When people talk about contact they've had with Devs, it's very often negative, highlighting garbage games, dishonest forum activities, scams in Greenlight, etc. That stuff makes it easy to forget that there are some who genuinely care about the quality of their game and about customer support.

Somebody who would go out of their way like this, unsolicited, for a single potential customer... you can't beat that.
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2015
A solid little title with a only a few flaws, easily compensated by the very reasonable asking price.

As a Shmup Vet, I approve. 8/10

- Great soundtrack
- Fun 4 player action
- Visually nice for the most part (backgrounds could use some work at points)
- Tough
- Easy to pick up and play
- Ability to greatly customise game variables can make interesting challenges.

- Little depth with RPG elements (They kinda feel tacked on)
- Slight Balance Issues
- No online play
- Chat box gets in the way of the screen during gameplay
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29 of 37 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: November 10, 2015
This key was obtained from the developer for the purposes of review

Solid across the board is the name of the game with Stardust Galaxy Warriors. It's not a game that takes it self too seriously, as you fight everything from a giant talking asteroid to a giant disco ball. What stands out here is the customization and options that are available. Your weapon load outs will play to specific play styles that will do well in parts of levels but not in others, and it helps that the local co-op can play to the game's strengths in question. The customization of fire rates, enemy durability and power ups help to create an experience that can work for any player in the end, giving challenge for those SHMUP pros while scaling back the experience for those who need a little help. Also: props to the fantastic soundtrack here: it's the highlight of the game and frankly makes me recommend the soundtrack as a purchase in of itself, even if you don't like SHMUPs. Does the game's combat over time drag a tiny bit? Yes it does, but in the end, for a 10 dollar title, you can't get much better then the bang for buck that this game provides.

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  • Customization options for gameplay is one of the strongest in the genre this year, or of many SHMUP like games I've played. Customization of fire rates, enemy durability, and what power ups do makes a game that can tailor itself to you specifically, if you put the time into it. While it can screw with the balance, the default selections do a good job to balance, and it's your decision in the end.
  • Fantastic Soundtrack. Well worth a look by itself.
  • Weapon and Mech selections make a huge difference, as you can really change up your playstyle based on what your selection is. Coop choices makes a difference.
  • Some backgrounds are fantastic (the water level in particular). The graphics options are great for a game of this cost, and while it doesn't take every opportunity for the visual style to come through, it's pretty fantastic.
  • The controls are solid.
  • The 4th wall breaking humor does the job. It's a cheesy storyline, but hey, did you expect otherwise?

  • The Gauntlet mode could use a little bit more punch in the end. It feels very similar after a couple of plays. Over time, the game does have slight trouble in variety.
  • Boss patterns needs a little bit more as they repeat too often.
  • It's hard to see the detail on the Mechs that they put on them
  • Like other games in the genre, sometimes there's too much on the screen, and the explosions and bullets can get lost in the visuals.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
To start off, I highly recommend anyone that enjoys side scrolling shooters to purchase this game, it is a must have. Feel free to keep reading if you want to know my reason.

I'm not a hardcore fan of shoot-em-ups, I didn't even know what the word "shump" meant until today, but what I do know is that this game is really fun.

The game is very easy to pick up and play, the controls and mechanics are simple and none of that convoluted stuff, which I feel is a great thing. I don't want to spend an hour learning about wierd game mechanics when all I want to do is just destroy enemies.

The soundtrack is excellent it has a "pop" feel to it and really gets you pumped up to fight enemies.

Downside to this as others have mentioned already is the lack of online multiplayer. To me this is not a big deal because I am mainly a singleplayer type of person, and from a singleplayer standpoint this game is still excellent. Although having other people to play with would be awesome, but not needed.

Another downside that you may not like is the length of the game. It is pretty short, took me about 3 hours to beat. Again, I'm not super hardcore, just an average player, so hopefully this will give you an idea on game length vs. cost of the game. BUT there are 4 total characters at the moment each one with their own special skill set, and a selection of weapons to use, so if you're the type that likes to replay games, then you will totally get more hours out of this game.
There is also a light stat system where you can upgrade your mech stats such as strength and defense.

To summarize, you should definitely pick up this game especially if you like mechs :D
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2015
Do you rememebr playing SHMUPS early Saturday mornings on the couch with frends after spending the night? Stardust Galaxy Warriors is an instant classic that reminds me of those days. Who doesen't love the idea of flying around as a big robot blasting bad guys and cutting them in half with a sword.

If I had to label the game I would say "Fresh Nostalgia". The music is classic and not boreing. The leveing system is reminiscent of Radient Silvergun, but covering a wider range of in game stats and abilities. It is rare that you find a game that instantly give you that "Happy/Good" feeling while playing. This game is a hit in my opinion. It may not be true bullet hell but it is worth checking out.

I hope for more selectable characters, weapons, and stages as DLC will be released. An update to allow for online Co-op would be a great addition.

Note: I play with a wired xbox 360 controller, and have not tested the keboard and mouse controlls as of yet.

If you like Jets n'Guns gold on steam, you will like this title.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Found this via the Mecha Damashii article. A good mecha based shmup with decent graphics, a lot of customization options and a great soundtrack. If you like Omega Five and Gauntlet, you'll probably find something to like here. This game definitely could use more attention and recognition.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
* Mechs have well defined roles (tank, ranged dps, melee dps, and evasion) which allows for synergy between players (tanks deflecting bullets and making everyone invincible to help those who are less familiar with this type of arcade-style game, sniper marking targets to take more damage from all sources, melee dps slowing time for everyone, ...)
* Good amount of customization between picking a mech, a main weapon, and a sub weapon, which are all available immediately. Also frequent upgrades (usually 2) in the middle of levels that allow you to build towards your defined style (such as being a sniper and picking up crit upgrades) as well as a shop at the end of each level that allows for spending points towards more upgrades.
* Tons of game customization (enemy durability, player shot speed, hibox radiuses, spawn rate, fire rate... just about all low level manipulation you can think of). Lots of presets available, so you can easily switch between 5 difficulties' worth of settings, as well as extra presets like "Iron Man" where you have 0% shield multiplier.
* Lots of environments - from frozen skies to exploding suns, underwater wrecks to alien hives, gas giants to robot factories, there's 10 locations in all with quite a bit of variety.
* Can jump right in with the gauntlet mode - basically a never-ending mode (well, until you die) where you go for the high score.

* Story dialogue / plot is seemingly intentionally bad, but just ends up being unfunny and adding very little. Anime avatars for the characters seem a bit out of place. Wish I could turn it off entirely.
* Would really benefit from having online multiplayer (as well as would probably sell a ton more copies. I know I'd be able to get some more friends to play it with me if it had online).
* Achievements would be a nice touch, as it would give me more reason to play and try out all the mechs / weapons solo (and more reason to spend time in gauntlet mode).

* Pretty quick game - around 2-3 hours. Want to call this a con, but can be a pro if you have trouble spending lots of time with friends after school/work since this game only has local co-op - it does mean you can beat this game in one sitting though, from start to finish.
* Music is ok (opinion), although if I bought the soundtrack it'd probably only be for a few tracks (namely the last boss ones, because that fight had multiple phases and is pretty exciting)

Update Feb 2016 - it does look like they are listening to users, and they added a bunch of new upgrades, a new level, steam achievements and a bunch of other little features while I wasn't looking. Definitely a plus, and it rips out one of my few cons about the game.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
A very cool horizonal shmup with a super nice soundtrack. Bullet patterns and enemy bullet coloring is a bit to be desired, but these choices could have been made with co-op more in mind (have only solo'ed so far). I like the upgrade and store system, however more and stranger item options would bring more replayablity. Nitpicks aside, a super thumbs up!

EDIT: With the recent patch, loads of unusual upgrades are in! Strike-out a nitpick.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2015
Even though this game is recommended to be a multiplayer cooperative game, i am enjoying the game so far on singleplayer.
I'd love to see more information about weapon stats, such as damage and firing speed.
In the future i hope there would be a way to play multiplayer with just keyboard and mouse.

Thumbs up for the excellent retro soundtrack.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
This is an excellent sidescrolling single-player or co-op shmup. I have only played solo so far. I imagine with 4 people playing the action is quite hectic. You select a mech and have several loadout choices for each mission. Missions are done in three stages, at the completion of each stage you are awarded a choice between 3 upgrades that improve attack power, defense, shield regeneration or the speed you acquire special attacks. At the completion of a mission you can spend your mission bonus to buy more upgrades from a vendor.

Controls are very tight and the game is well-balanced, not over-the-top difficulty like some of the borderline sado-masochistic shmups you can find on Steam.

Overall lots of fun and worth considering in a genre that is filled with good options.
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Rose Snow
64.3 hrs
Posted: September 17
I bought this game not expecting to like it a whole deal, but I could see the developers put in a lot of effort and wanted to support them. I've never been much of a fan of shmup/bullet hell games or mechs, or sci-fi... but I still absolutely LOVED this game.

The selection of 'characters' or Galaxy Gears in-game, are varied and interesting, each with their own special abilities and unique melee attacks. There's a tonne of variety for both primary and secondary weapons. The dialogue is short and to the point but contains some great comedy. But the soundtrack, my God the soundtrack is incredible! I died, like a lot, like 3+ hours on one stage a lot, (I'm not very good at shmups), but the soundtrack NEVER got boring or repetitive.

There's also a LOT of content for the price, from a campaign to special challenge modes and a varied host of difficulty settings that you can even customise yourself! A whole lot of fun game for £5 and a stupidly awesome soundtrack along with it!
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2.4 hrs
Posted: September 16
Great fun, feels more like Gundam than any Gundam game I've played--whether or not that was intended or not! Must play!
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16.3 hrs
Posted: September 14
i am using keyboard why shift key is not working for distortion technique.
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9.0 hrs
Posted: September 12
This game is super fun. I gave it a shot after the creator did a great AMA on Reddit, and I was so surprised at how fun this game is. Also...OS X support...that is so amazing. Feels bad when a fun game comes out with no OS X port.

This game is very much a spiritual successor to R-Type, but without the terrible frame rate drops that the original Rtype had (from the Sega Genesis era).

Great soundtrack, fun upgrade system...the gameplay is kinda a cross between Rtype and some of the better bullet ballet games like Ikaruga.

Super fun game, very much worth the $9usd.

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0.2 hrs
Posted: September 12
Cool game, I like it. Reminds me of Gradius.
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6.0 hrs
Posted: September 12
Not bad, considering this is their first game. The soundtrack is great, the choice for weapons is nice, enemy variety is nice, but it really shows that this is their first game Level progression is different backgrounds with enemies flying towards you in waves. There's even an endless wave mode you can play, which is nice to have. Bosses are okay. They aren't amazing, but they aren't bad. Overall, for their first shmup, it's passable. I feel I got my money's worth, though I also somewhat feel the soundtrack is as valuable as the game. The amount of options with regards to customizing the game is also nice, but I feel in the end it may have hurt them as I would rather have a very polished single form game than an unpolished "you can do anything" game. The story is stupid, but I enjoyed it because it was self aware. However, nowadays, the "I hold up my spork" kind of random stories are a dime a dozen.

That said, I feel there is a lack of polish on some things, which I imagine occurred due to this game being an amalgamation of ideas and the little bumps haven't been ironed out. The many pieces of the game don't really fit together. They're just...there. Like the different mech's special attacks. Largely unneeded as it's better to prioritize shooting your main weapon. The game needs focus.

This game is not a slow moving bullet hell like touhou (which I am glad for, as I do not enjoy that game), it's not a score/coin reward game like giga wing, and it's also not a strong level progression game like r-type or jamestown (though jamestown is a mix of story and coins, which was very highly polished).

I think that its main problem. It's not quite sure what it wants to be. Numbers pop up like crazy, so is it a reward kinda game? There's no coins, so my brain's reward center isn't happy. Level progression is lame and consists of different enemies on a slow moving background. There's no level elements like barriers or a finely detailed background that goes along with the enemies. At times it is a fast moving bullet hell game, which is great as the recharging shield mechanic makes the game frantic, but it's missing that polish to tie it all together.

The stupid story is kind of the epitome of this game - forgetable. But, it's ten dollars forgetable, and most importantly, it's not bad, so I feel I more than got my money's worth out of it. If they make a sequel I would be very highly interested, provided the above points were addressed.
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3.2 hrs
Posted: September 12
Product received for free
I recently finished this updated version of Stardust Galaxy Warriors and I have to say Dreamloop really knocked it out of the park.

If you like SHMUPs with RPG elements, I don't think it gets much better than this, especially considering all of the customization options you have with your characters and the game itself. The game customization is on par with Madden in terms of controlling your players and your enemy's actions.

This edition balances the combat, adds a new character, Amber Fox and overhauls the graphics. I highly recommend it.

Did I mention SGW:SC has one of the dopest soundtracks I've heard in a good long while?

Here's footage from the first level of play -
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3.0 hrs
Posted: September 1
This game is a lot more fun than I anticipated. The co-op is local [couch] only at the moment, but that doesn't really detract from the game for me because the devs have said online co-op wouldn't perform to their standards. This definitely garners respect for not half-assing it in the name of "features".

The custom difficulties is also an interesting aspect of the game. If I want a challenge, you bet I can have one. If I want to punish myself, I can do that too. If I want something even easier than a "Sunday Stroll" I can even have that. Which is great because I have one hell of a work schedule.
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Evil Scotsman
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 20
Excellent little game. It's fun, challenging and hosts a great deal of customization. I will definitely be playing this title more with the family than on my own, it is very easy to be caught up in the competitive multiplayer features.

Well worth the money.
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9.9 hrs
Posted: August 19
I dont know what to say about this game.
its really awesome I enjoy every single minutes of this game Great boss fight great characters and powers tons of upgrade wow for reals it worth more than the price it has 3 good mode.
the only problem about this game is it dont have online mode I hope they will add it too :)
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