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PlayStation Plus Update: Outland and Bloodrayne: Betrayal Join the Instant Game Collection

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The first two episodes of Telltale’s The Walking Dead joined the Instant Game Collection last week, and today, we’re announcing even more content coming to Plus! We’re excited to welcome PSN Games Outland and Bloodrayne: Betrayal to the PlayStation Plus family. Read on to learn more about these games and other great content coming exclusively for Plus members.

PlayStation Plus Update August 2012

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Free for PlayStation Plus Members

This innovative PSN Game blended open world 2D action color-based puzzle platforming to deliver an experience like none other. Heralded by critics, we’re happy to bring Outland to Plus members. Make sure you check out the co-op challenges scattered throughout the game’s world to get the most from Outland’s breathtaking world.

Bloodrayne: Betrayal

Free for PlayStation Plus Members

With this year’s PSN PLAY in full swing, we thought we’d revisit one of last year’s PSN PLAY titles to deliver free to Plus members. Sporting incredibly slick animation and amazingly detailed characters, monsters, and environments in luscious (LUSCIOUS) high resolution, this is a game that many might have missed, and now have no excuse not to check it out.

PlayStation Plus Update August 2012

Papo & Yo

20% discount for PlayStation Plus Members (Regular Price: $14.99, PS Plus Price: $11.99)

We’re always looking to get members the best deals on new releases,so we’re making the anticipated PSN Game Papo & Yo that much easier to snag when it drops on 8/14. It’s an amazing world crafted by the team at Minority. Follow a young boy named Quico and his best friend Monster through the surreal favelas of his homeland. It’s a dangerous journey through a constantly changing world, and you get an exclusive price break on the new adventure. Check out all the great features on Papo & Yo and pick up the game this week!

August 21st PlayStation Plus Update

Dust 514

Closed Beta Access and 50% off Mercenary Pack Add-On

Remember that Beta I talked about earlier? I know, it was a bit in the making but we’re happy to welcome our friends from the Dust 514 team into Plus with exclusive access for the closed beta. Dust 514 is the free to play first person shooter that may change the face of how we battle online in games. Help test the first live direct connection to the extremely popular EVE Online MMO as players on the main server in DUST 514 and EVE Online can chat in real time and send in-game mail between games. It’s a first in gaming, it’s free to play when it releases later this fall, and exclusive access is coming to Plus members on 8/21. You’ll have until September 4th to jump in the Beta. Read more about the features available in this Beta in a post from Brandon Laurino, Executive Producer on Dust 514.

PlayStation Plus Update August 2012

We’re also sporting a 50% discount on the Mercenary Pack DLC for Dust 514 which gives access to in-game currency to spend in game, skill boosts, and exclusive gear. Now I know what you’re thinking: this is a beta, how can I buy Add-Ons if it’s in beta? Good question! Any Add-Ons that are purchased with Dust 514 while the game is in Beta will be carried over when the game releases later this fall. So buy with confidence! There’s a ton of great Dust 514 blog posts; read up on the game and jump in the Beta.

PlayStation Plus Update August 2012

Counter Strike: Global Offensive

20% discount for PlayStation Plus Members (Regular Price: $14.99, PS Plus Price: $11.99)

It’s the return of the king. The first editions of Counter Strike back in the day paved the way for what online shooters are today. Now Valve is partnering with PlayStation to deliver this new release 20% off when it becomes available for download on 8/21. The final title of the PSN PLAY promotion, make sure you’ve picked up as many titles from PLAY as possible so you can get the most amount of PlayStation Store credit back on September 7th.

Natsume Sale

50% off for PlayStation Plus Members (Regular Prices: $14.99, PS Plus Price: $7.50)

Natsume fans! Got a PSP? You’re in luck. 4 of Natsume’s best titles including some of the best from the Harvest Moon series are going on a nice 50% off sale. Adventures To Go!, Harvest Moon: Boy & Girl, Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon , Reel Fishing: The Great Outdoors, and Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley are all part of the sale.
Watch the PlayStation Store Updates for more news on additional Plus deals. Stay tuned for our next update scheduled for August 27th, and as always, let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Rockefellow said:

August 13th, 12:08 pm

KidCommando: You’ve pretty much expressed your own opinion, rather than something actually relevant. Very astute of you! I’m glad that you and others are happy with the “new” Plus, but the fact is they didn’t have the right to change it without notifying us, and allowing us to opt out.

I’ve gotten one game for free since Plus changed over, since I owned literally all the games they offer (including these two), but I’m not complaining about that, even though I have a right to just as you have the right to spout your opinion in such an ignorantly brash way. I’m glad others get to experience Outland, it was an exceptional platformer, but I’m NOT happy with what I’m paying for, and there’s a perfectly good reason for that, not because “wahh I own these games” or “boohoo I want full PSN titles.”

I don’t know, maybe it’s just not worth the effort conveying the idea that we’re all actually getting blatantly scammed. I do know that the community as a whole isn’t happy with the new Plus, and what I’ve been saying is a part of it. Just look at the rating of this article for proof, or Morgan Haro hiding beneath his desk instead of doing his job.

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    Morgan Haro said:

    August 13th, 12:19 pm

    easy there man, I get you’re frustrated, and we always look for the best ways to improve Plus while taking into account everyone’s feedback. I’ll make sure to relay the feedback that you’re looking for more themes and avatars, but as you’re making your feedback; please try and remember that I’m here to help, so maybe less calling me ‘woefully inept’? ;)

OmegaDyne said:

August 13th, 12:08 pm

You can’t complain! It’s FREE!!! Except that, you know.. you’re PAYING for the service. With so much “free” content, it’s amazing my wallet keeps going dry. I guess it’s off to watch my “free” movies on Netflix, and my “free” shows on Hulu+, maybe try out my “free” games I got from GameFly or play some “free” WoW. Because apparently in 2012, the content you get from paid subscriptions is “free.”

OmegaDyne said:

August 13th, 12:09 pm

Anyway, they disappointed me last week with 2/5 of one game (which works as a ploy to buy the rest of the game when it comes out) and being late with the other two. Now they remove a PSN title and a FULL PS3 title in replace of a cheap PSN title and a PSN Play promotional title (of all the games you chose, of course you chose one that most already have). Now we’ll have to wait a month and a half to two months for the next update (because apparently to Sony, “monthly” means anywhere from the first of the month to the end of the following month). What a great service this is. I was saddened last week, and about to cancel my subscription, but I gave it another chance. After you suddenly changed, without notice, Sideway NY and Choplifter HD as this weeks removed games to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Just Cause 2, I thought, “Oh, they’re listening to their fans and will be removing a full PS3 title for another.” But I shouldn’t be surprised. Congrats, Sony, your ploy worked and you got a subscriber at E3. And now you’ve lost him.

VegHe said:

August 13th, 12:09 pm

Another disappointing month, I thought PS+ was supposed to become a better service. Where are the retail games Morgan? Why rotate a retail game with a PSN game?

venneer said:

August 13th, 12:11 pm

Err… I’m saddened at this apparent trend of lackluster PS+ updates.

Mind you, I am really glad that Outland has come around, it’s one of those games that looked like I would enjoy playing but not enough that I would buy it. You know, the reason I have PS+ around for. Alas, it doesn’t make up the fact that a full PS3 retail game has been replaced by a PSN game.
Here is hoping for a better September… (I remember saying the same thing about August last month, I wonder if I will repeat this song next month regarding October).

helbertpina said:

August 13th, 12:12 pm

Fantastic! I almost bought Outland last week! Thanks!!!

RampageDeluxe said:

August 13th, 12:12 pm

I feel like such a sucker for getting PS Plus. The E3 showing really made this out to be something that it’s not.

AizawaYuuichi said:

August 13th, 12:13 pm

As much as I love PS+ for the ‘non-free game’ features and the discounts, I have to admit… the free game portion is becoming a huge disappointment. Really great games once every three to four months doesn’t cut it. I understand when you release super popular games on PS+, so that those who missed them can get them free, but sometimes, releasing a game that sold like sh!t is a bad idea, especially when there was a demo, because it probably didn’t sell due to the fact the game was sh!tty. I tried and hated Bloodrayne: Betrayal. And I already have 100% on Outland. So this month, not a single one of the free updates is worth downloading for me. In my nearly two years with +, that has never happened before. So on a personal level, this is definitely a new low. At least in my case, the awesome features and discounts save the program, but I think I’m going to be dropping my “free game expectations” to all-new lows, just to keep from getting disappointed every month.

milennos said:

August 13th, 12:14 pm

Wow thx Morgan to post this thing so quick you just save me 50$ buck I WILL NOT RENEW MY PSN+ ACCOUNT who will finish mid august.

Take US/Canada custumers like crap and now I understand why Sony are in deficit.
A other unhappy customers.


August 13th, 12:15 pm

I might make a new life mission to spread the word on how much plus NA is sucking $&!!$

Dijitaal2012 said:

August 13th, 12:16 pm

Well i already own outland, just baught the merc pack friday, but dont own bloodrayne. Witch im excited for. Im also excited about outland even though I already own it. Bevause I might actually get to play some co op. I dont mind that most of the games that get released I already own. Because I basicly try to buy everything cool when it comes out. Even though I know it will be on plus for free eventually. Im too impatient to wait. So basicly sence
The big plus update ive revieved a few games I didnt already own. The only thing id like to see come back to plus is more discounts. Its really
The reason I bought plus. Free games is also a bonus. But Ive saved hundreds on psn because of plus. Thanks guys! Keep up the good work!

darthelghast said:

August 13th, 12:16 pm

Two first person shooters on the same day? That’s weird.

megamixer said:

August 13th, 12:17 pm

Was about to say “that was $17.99 down the drain” however I’ll save that for the 27th since apparently there will be at least one more update before my sub is up. By now I’m certain there won’t be discounts for anything I’d care to purchase…shame.

chad_d_f said:

August 13th, 12:17 pm

So, I guess I might be the odd one but why does EU get a different selection of PS+ games than the US?
Do we at least get to have the games they had in months past at a later PS+ update?

Darth-Krayt said:

August 13th, 12:17 pm


You’re complaining how UK Plus is SOOOO much better than out Plus, yet go to the EU Blog, and thos EU subscribers complain that US is getting the better games all the time.

And low rated PSN games? You are certainly not an informed gamer. Outland got positive reviews all over the internet when it came out. One of the best downloadable games of last year.

And do you and other people complaining about us getting the Walking Dead episodes understand that the game is absolutely amazing, and both episode 1 and 2 has gotten nothing but 9/10 and 10/10 scores from almost every gaming media outlet? There are rumbling of actual Game of the Year accolades for TellTale’s The Walking Dead, which to this point has been unheard of for an exclusively downloadable title. Which in plain english means it’s the best downloadable game of all time.

I’ll listen to complaints from informed gamers, not you…..or anyone complaining about The Walking Dead being given away to Plus members.

KidCommando said:

August 13th, 12:20 pm

@ Rockefellow

you might be getting scammed, but I am not. cancel your sub if you are unhappy. Maybe you should have done that when they switched formats? Did you try to get a refund when they switched?

you can have an opinion just like me, but stop saying ‘WE’ because you don’t speak for me.

You should have stood up for yourself when the sub changed…no my fault you continued to be ‘scammed’

KidCommando said:

August 13th, 12:20 pm

Why do you guys care about EU soooo much????

Do you compare EVERYTHING else you purchase to other countries?

NA and EU are separate! Is that concept to big for your brain capacity or something?

Do you just need a reason to say life isn’t fair?

I just picture you all going up to your mom and bawling in her face saying EU puts more chocolate chips in their cookies then the ones we have at home and are eating at this very moment….WAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!

Redikol said:

August 13th, 12:22 pm

Great…….I just bought Outland a couple weeks ago, when it was on sale. And I really am not one bit interested in Bloodrayne: Betrayal, I’ve always hated that series. Trying to not complain, but I’m disappointed nonetheless.

ItaChu said:

August 13th, 12:23 pm

wow ccrogers15 your making me lol so freaking bad here man if you renew next month your a big hypocrite man seriously

OmegaDyne said:

August 13th, 12:26 pm

KidCommando: we get it already; you love everything Sony and damned if anyone brings up legitimate criticism. So counter you with wild over exaggerations in a lame attempt at arguing a point. You keep bringing up EU. I’ll put it simply for you:

EU is getting quality FULL PS3 titles. US is not. Do you get it now? But I know you’ll respond with a personal attack, because that’s all you have to offer.

L1ftedResearch_ said:

August 13th, 12:26 pm

Well…when Sony gives me lemons…….

cusetown313 said:

August 13th, 12:29 pm


Kegsy said:

August 13th, 12:30 pm

Another nice update excellent. But PLEASE oh PLEASE increase the 150meg of storage space. I am always running out. 500meg would be great, 1gig storage would be most excellent. Come on hook me up. I just renewed my PS Plus subscription (auto renew). I was a loyal Qore subscriber. give me more online storage for save game PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

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    Morgan Haro said:

    August 13th, 12:39 pm

    We’ve had our eye on this feedback, it’s something we’re looking at very closely; but feedback like this is helpful, thanks!

RenderMonk said:

August 13th, 12:32 pm

As usual, I can’t help but to sound-off about what I see going on here. With the offerings as they are, it really is tailored to new comers to the PS3, not for the long-time owners and early adopters. Which is a shame, but as a business, I understand it. Their job is to entice new customers. But there should be some order for retention of existing customers. If you look at the offerings on paper, and total up the savings/value, it is a fantastic deal. Unbeatable even! BUT….if you are an existing Sony customer, longtime customer even, you more than likely have played/own most to all of these offerings. So how do you take care of both parties, the new comer and the loyal? Well if you would have hired me I would have told you/made it happen, but now, I shall keep it for myself….continued—-

RenderMonk said:

August 13th, 12:33 pm

Also a note to people looking at the PS+ subscriptions….if you ‘re like me, you just don’t have time or the patience to play through all the B- to C+ games being offered up through PS+. Either there’s not enough money to go around, or not enough time to play it all. So either play no AAA games, and enjoy all the PS+ offerings for your gaming time, or skip all the PS+ offerings, and save that money for your AAA games (which will get the bulk of your gaming time anyway.)

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August 13th, 12:33 pm


KidCommando said:

August 13th, 12:34 pm

NO, I don’t get it because EU and NA are different regions…..

I know, hard to understand. I mean, REALLY hard to understand.

Like, they are separate or something. I don’t know, how does that work?

How can two totally different countries and divisions have different deals?

Mind = blown!

Grognard66 said:

August 13th, 12:39 pm

I wish KidCommando would grow up and become AdultCommando.

Seriously, grow up and give it a rest. Do you think Sony’s going to like you more if you brown nose more than anyone else? Maybe you didn’t notice that almost everyone complaining is a Plus member? We put our money where our mouths are – if Sony can’t even keep their most dedicated consumers happy they’ve got some really big problems.

zidan03 said:

August 13th, 12:40 pm

i don’t know if PSN managers are gonna hear these but i have a suggestion.

i noticed that full downloadable PS3 games don’t come with a manual and that is a problem, i suggest that you add some sort of electronic manual or at least offer downloadable manuals in PDF format on your playstation website, because the downloaded games are of the same price of the retail games (60$) so i don’t want to be left out with less features than the retail version.

KidCommando said:

August 13th, 12:43 pm

lol, I talk crap about Sony on this Blog all the time.

I just don’t understand some of you people and your comments. You guys REALLY are THAT dim?

To not understand that NA and EU are completely different entities?

To not understand that the ONLY thing you were promised is 1- Instant Game Collection and 2 – that games would rotate?

Really? those 2 concepts are just too overbearing for most of you to grasp?

cusetown313 said:

August 13th, 12:43 pm

who ever thinks the walking dead is fun , should’t own a ps3 !! WALKING DEAD SUCKS !! WHO WANT’S TO TALK !! I JUST WANNA KILL AND HAVE FUN !!

Crusher201 said:

August 13th, 12:43 pm

We sure are getting ripped off. Paying $50 to play 45 games(12 in June * 3 per 11 months). What a scam! When they’re not new, you complain that a lot of people have already bought them. When they’re new, you complai a lot of people have just recently bought them. Why not look at the content for what it is instead of constantly comparing it to EU’s? Dont you guys realize US used to be considerably better? than the other regons before June?

Sony never promised 1 full game/month. Stop making up BS or believing what a random site or person tells you. A lot of complaints I’ve been seeing are about promises Sony never made.

alvarorugam said:

August 13th, 12:44 pm

I’m glad to see Outland on the Collection…. but I’m unhappy about no PS3 Full game this month…

But I don’t care too much, cuz I’m enjoying LBP2 and all the game you gave by the E3…

Hopping next month we’ll getting an amazing game

ItaChu said:

August 13th, 12:44 pm

im with kegsy the 150mb cloud storage needs to go up, …. some games have 23mb of save data or more … its just too much, put it to 300mb and that will be better :)

Grognard66 said:

August 13th, 12:46 pm

Apparently KidCommando does have trouble understanding that Europe is not a country though…

“How can two totally different countries and divisions have different deals?”

KidCommando said:

August 13th, 12:47 pm

OMG, sorry!!!

you can understand my mistake, but you don’t grasp that they are separate?

OK, check

Darth-Krayt said:

August 13th, 12:47 pm

Hey Morgan, here’s a request from a Lord of the Rings fanboy for the future. Would you be kind enough to try and get in touch with someone from Monolith and see if they’re willing to offer a Plus discount on Guardians of Middle Earth when it launches on PSN? I’m 100% getting that game Day 1, but obviously a discount would just make it THAT much sweeter.

I just saw Guardians of Middle Earth got it’s ESRB rating, so I figure it won’t be TOO long before it gets released. Just figured I’d put in that request a month or 2 ahead of time, to hopefully give you time to try and make it happen.

Also a question. Have you heard anything about when WWE WrestleFest’s console port will be releasing?

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    Morgan Haro said:

    August 13th, 12:51 pm

    Sorry, don’t have any info on these titles, but thank you for the suggestions

Grognard66 said:

August 13th, 12:49 pm

You must have me confused with someone else, Kid. I didn’t complain about EU offerings.

K_Lonso said:

August 13th, 12:50 pm

I was actually just about to buy Outland. This month is shaping up to be amazing!

oZc-Gauss said:

August 13th, 12:53 pm

Please! explain why the PSN EU has Full games with his “Instant Collection” month at month while that the PSN USA just has downloable and cheap games.

Gnordy said:

August 13th, 12:54 pm

I am honestly confused. Why are so many people saying plus got worse? We used to get 1 PSN, 1 PS1, 2 minis. Now each month we get at least 3 PSN games, it may be one less game but I find it hard to believe someone would want 2 minis instead of 1 PSN game. On top of that we will get some full PS3 games from time to time. Unless you really love PS1 games, what changed that makes so many people angry?

We will get at least 36 PSN games for $50 a year. Calling that a scam or a rip off? Really?

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    Morgan Haro said:

    August 13th, 1:13 pm

    This was the notion behind the change that we did, and for the most part, the folks asking for ‘old plus’ are fairly in the minority based on my comment analyses. Although I’m working on ways to address their concerns too for the other goodies that Plus did more of previously. We shifted gears and are doing less PS one Classics, PS minis, and decided to focus more on PSN and PS3 games. Games you could get Trophies in.

    The lion’s share of comments for improvement seem to be mostly focused on more PS3 Full Games, and greater equity when we rotate new content. To that end, I’m confident some of the folks who are dissapointed with the updates will be pleasantly surprised with how Plus will be moving forward through the rest of the year and beyond.


August 13th, 12:55 pm

Kid while they are different regions they are all owned by one company. There should never be such drastic differences in products offerings and quallity from the same company. NA plus is getting crapped on by Eu plus and Japan’s plus is getting crapped on by everyone.

LordRaoh said:

August 13th, 12:56 pm

Sad to see so many people upset, seems like a stellar PS3 week/month for PS3 gamers.

The only thing lacking is PS Vita support.

Heard great things about outland and bloodrayne, can’t wait to check it out.

And especially excited to check out Papo & Yo.

CS:GO and DUST 514 (I like the beta) are hard choices for me, the PS+ discounts are tempting but I am really burned out with online games, I’m falling back to single player experiences primarily lately.

Where is the VITA love for PS+? And the PS1 support?

SsurferR said:

August 13th, 12:57 pm

I think you’ll like what the next months have to offer; stay tuned!

Since the 3 Months Subscriptions from E3 will fade next month, they will bring something good to keep those subscribers hooked, and then fill the next updates full of the usual crap again. Its a con.

AND PEOPLE STOP SAYING IT’S FREE !!!! You payed for the darn subscription, so it is NOT FREE !

aznsam13 said:

August 13th, 12:57 pm

eh…a “so so” update, hope the next ones better. Like the walking dead eps though nice job on that one, and the people complaining its not a full game umm (yeah it’s not a full game obviously, theres the word episodes in there if you have the brain power to read) (also don’t start getting defensive if you think i implied your dumb, so calm down it’s just a game :) and If you don’t like playing these games then do some something else rather than playing? something productive? go play sport, go running, swim, it’s probably the heat getting to you haha.

DrApollo said:

August 13th, 12:58 pm

These are both excellent games even though I own both of them! If you haven’t checked these out you really need too.

DarkXtremist said:

August 13th, 12:58 pm

I’m relatively new to PS3 and PSN, but I’ve been following this blog and I think I’ll be grabbing PS+ around the end of this month, the savings and deals are kind of ridiculous. How does SCE even make money from this, kind of feels like a rip off, but I’m the one doing the ripping. O.o

Anyhow, can’t wait to join the plus community! :D I do have a complaint though, and its about the moderation for the comments section, I see a lot of hostility and ‘trolling’, shouldn’t something be done about this? It makes it really hard to want to comment and participate in the community on here, and it seems a lot of it stems from ignorance. I’m relatively new as I said, and I seem to know more about plus than some of the plus members… O.o
So, yeah, that’s it, just some more moderation please?

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    Morgan Haro said:

    August 13th, 1:03 pm

    That’s a great piece of feedback, and something I’m looking into more. I’m all for critiques, but we gamers need to exercise restraint and not attack one another. For some this Plus update is amazing. for others, perhaps it’s not what they were looking for. But that does not give the dissapointed person, or the excited person any right to tell the other that they’re ‘wrong’ or ‘dumb’ or anything.

    State your mind, and stick to the debate, not personal attacks. I’ll work on making this area a bit more friendly for discussion.

magicfan345 said:

August 13th, 1:00 pm

Funny thing here, just the other day I deleted the Outland demo and now the game is free, lol. Had to delete that and quite a few others to make room for W40K Space Marine and LBP 2…. I guess now I’ll need to download it again :)
Although I’m slightly disappointed we’ve not yet gotten Darksiders or Deus Ex HR like europe PS+ got, the instant game collection is still a solid deal. Hopefully next month we get one of those, or maybe a cool big game they haven’t gotten, such as Prototype or Starhawk, or some PS2 classics. Keep up the good work!

Crusher201 said:

August 13th, 1:04 pm

@103 Except PS+ is great. You seriously think Renegade Ops, Pac-man CE DX, Outland, TWD episodes suck? Whiners shouldn’t overshadow satisfied customers. The only complaint I have is that there have few themes and avatars since June. More full games would be nice, but as long as the games offered are good, I won’t complain.

KidCommando said:

August 13th, 1:05 pm


Are you serious?

Have you ever been outside of NA?

McDonalds doesn’t serve the exact same thing all over the world, yet they are one company. I could google many more examples of how product offerings differ from area to area. Maybe you should travel and see for yourself. different regions offer different products all from the same company. From food to fashion to digital entertainment.

“There should never be such drastic differences in products offerings and quallity from the same company.”

You are wrong because it happens every single day from top companies around the world.

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