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Atlus confirms Persona 5 release, hints unannounced games will bring popular series together


FE x SMT x Persona x Etrian Odyssey x Du
Jan 12
// Steven Hansen
It's not that I have severe trust issues stemming from broken homes and unfeeling society, Atlus. It's just that I've been burned before. So when I hear Atlus CEO Naoto Hiraoka saying in Famitsu, according to Hachima Kikou wi...

Destructoid's most wanted games of 2016

Jan 07 // Steven Hansen
Last year I wrote about my anticipation for Rob Daviau's next legacy board game SeaFall, but it got pushed back to 2016. It would be easy to just use that one again, because I am still looking forward to it (though I don't seethe with hunger for it since Pandemic Legacy has me sated on that front for now). So instead of that copout, I'm going with an entirely different copout! I'm looking forward to basically my entire friggin' Kickstarter queue of backed projects. Some of these were originally scheduled for 2015, but they aren't out yet. Heck, some of these were supposed to come out in 2014! Good grief. Kickstarter, am I right? The big one for this year is Yooka-Laylee, which I hope lives up to its Rare pedigree. Then there is also the Castlevania-esque Timespinner (originally scheduled for November 2015), beautiful pixel art metroidvania Heart Forth, Alicia (May 2015), cartoony narrative Night in the Woods (January 2015), stealth metroidvania Paradise Lost: First Contact (December 2014), grow/shrink puzzle platformer Scale (December 2014), neon action Hyper Light Drifter (June 2014), and dark hand drawn Metroid-like Ghost Song: A Journey of Hope (May 2014), among others. Yep, maybe a couple of these will release this year. Maybe. I think 2016 will be one of the best calendar years for gaming in the history of the medium; in part because so many of the games seeing release were delayed from 2015. Looking at this year's release calendar it's fucking hard to just pick one. Do I go for The Legend of Zelda NX or 2017's The Last Guardian?  Hell, I could write for days about how excited I am for either of those games, but if I'm being honest with myself I must admit the game I'm most looking forward to is Treasurenauts. Renegade Kid is one of my favorite platformer developers out there and I have been anxiously waiting to get my hands on this title since it was announced two and half goddamn years ago. The run-and-gun platformer is my favorite pick-up and play genre, and if the developer's work on Xeodrifter is any indication, Treasurenauts will be yet another instant classic for my 3DS. Now there is no guarantee this title will come out in 2016, but if the last reports on the game are to be believed, Renegade Kid is hard at work on it in-between sessions of writing blog posts. I've been walking the Kentucky Route Zero beat for a while. You might even say I've been walking it my entire life, if you had a very loose grasp on the concept of time. Over the course of the game's lengthy development cycle, I've made a fuss about Kentucky's rich atmosphere, its fully realized characters, and its re-contextualization of modern adventure game mechanics. There are many adventure games -- most of which have the Telltale name attached -- that allow you to forge a character through immediate choices. If the conclusion to Episode 3 is any indicator, Kentucky Route Zero is more concerned with a shifting past and an immutable future. Here is the part where I attach an asterisk to this prediction; there is nothing to suggest Kentucky Route Zero will release a new episode in 2016. Previously, there was one per year -- but 2015 flitted by with nothing more than a handful of updates from the developers. We may never see Episode 4, let alone the conclusion to the series (which is alright, I think Episode 3's finale works if you've got a melancholy streak), so this entry may be entirely moot. In which case, pretend I said [INSERT WINNER OF DESTRUCTOID GAME OF THE YEAR 2016] instead! I sit here egg on face. My entry for "most anticipated" last year (Persona 5) is coming out this year. My entry from two years ago (Gravity Rush 2) is also coming out this year. I can't do either again, right? Ok. Let's be safe. XCOM 2 is definitely coming out in 2016. What are they going to do, delay it all the way out of February? Ok. XCOM 2. Hell yeah. I have to keep myself from playing XCOM: Enemy Unknown/Within because I know it'll suck up dozens of hours I don't have, but every few months I slip and play a few hours of the campaign. My favorite thing I've written about XCOM has to do with the game's setup, which lets you completely fail to stop the alien invasion, rather than let you brute force through 100 game over screens. Losing is viable narrative, too. And what does XCOM 2 do? It takes the god damn losing route as canon! And, lo and behold, we've got a heck of an interesting thing going on here. There are swords and snake people, damn it. Snake. People. The future is dope as hell. Runners-up: Persona 5, Gravity Rush 2, The Witness, Firewatch, Fire Emblem Fates, Mirror's Edge Catalyst, Dishonored 2, Final Fantasy XV, VVitch It's no secret that I love Monster Hunter. I've made friends, bonded over hunts, and absolutely adore the nostalgic combo system that's both rigid and flexible. Monster Hunter X is the newest release of the long running series that is currently Japan only. Cross introduces more flamboyant and flashy moves to make the normally deliberate looking combat look cooler to watch. With actions like springboard jumps, diving evades, and plenty of explosive looking effects coupled with several brand new monsters and variants, western fans are gnawing at every piece of information they can get as we're left waiting on the edge of our seat for news of a western localization. I'm also a die hard fan of fighting games. I loved my time with games like Marvel 3, Injustice, and Street Fighter IV. With only Smash Bros. 4 to sate my appetite for glory and salt, I'd all but given up hope for something substantially new to come to the Wii U. Then Pokkén Tournament was revealed and it eventually received a 2016 release date. While I've never been much of a Tekken fan, like everything else Nintendo has done in the past few years, I'm absolutely ready to jump into something different thanks to a coat of Nintendo paint. If I could love Hyrule Warriors, which is Zelda themed Dynasty Warriors, I can give Pokkén Tournament a shot. Persona 5 has been my most anticipated game for the past three years, since its release keeps getting pushed back. Hopefully, 2016 will be the year it finally appears, because I cannot wait to dive in! Persona 4 is definitely in my top ten games of all time, and Persona 3 is up there on my list of favorites as well, so I have exceptionally high hopes for the fifth installment. I'll be going in completely blind, having only seen the initial teaser trailer and actively avoiding all other info, so I won't know what to expect. Let's hope it's not a let down, although I can't imagine it will be! I don't know what could top my excitement for Persona 5, unless Shigesato Itoi suddenly takes back his word and announces an official Mother 4 or Capcom suddenly decides to bring back Mega Man Legends 3 (I know neither of those will ever happen), but Nier: Automata comes pretty close! I honestly never expected to see a sequel to Nier, so the announcement was both very surprising and super exciting. If both Persona 5 and Nier: Automata come out this year as planned, it's going to be one hell of a year for me! My pick last year was The Legend of Zelda for the Wii U, and that's still the game I'm anticipating the most at the moment. That text has already been written though, so just for the heck of it, I'll tell you about my second most anticipated game for 2016, even though it's already out in Japan and hasn't been announced for my region at all! Rhythm Tengoku: The Best+ is the latest, and some would say greatest game in the Rhythm Tengoku/Heaven series. It offers up a collection of the best stages from prior Rhythm Heaven/Tengoku games, plus a selection of all new levels. There's even a series of unlockable Wario-themed remixed. Seeing as I still regularly play the previously released games in the series, I have no doubt that Rhythm Tengoku: The Best+ will end up being one of my all time favorite games. I'm giving Nintendo until Dec 31st, 2016 to announce it for territories outside of Japan. If they fail to comply, then I may have to tickle Reggie's feet until he cries for mercy.  And even if they do comply, I still may have to tickle those feet. I bet they're huge... My most-anticipated games of last year got pushed back to this year, so for me, it's Persona 5 and No Man's Sky by default. Barring some kind of disaster - it is an election year -  I'll be able to write about something else this time in 2017. That said, there's plenty to GET HYPE for elsewhere this year, as well. XCOM 2 and Firewatch are due in a few weeks, while playing Gravity Rush Remastered has me excited for what they can do with Gravity Rush 2. And I'm strangely excited about Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, despite the fact that I know virtually nothing about Digimon other than that some of the 'mons are too damn lewd. Then you've got other franchise heavy-hitters like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Final Fantasy XV, alongside less-known quantities, like What Remains of Edith Finch, Wild, and Boundless, though those latter ones may end up pushed back as well, seeing as they've only recently been announced. And let's not even start whatever Sony, Oculus, and Valve are planning for their respective VR rollouts, all scheduled to pick up steam this year. I just hope they can all agree on some kind of common standard or something because fuck if I'm gonna pay for more than one set of hardware to enjoy that stuff. Also, I really want to play Summer Lesson. It's everything I want. Traditionally, I use this opportunity to talk about how much I'm looking forward to the next Souls game, and 2016 is no different in that regard. In this case I've actually played Dark Souls III by way of a Namco Bandai event, and I know that it's already looking like it will live up to its name, so I don't think I have a whole lot to worry about here. But next year I may have to find a new franchise to move on to as this might be the end of the Souls series as we know it. I'm willing to bet that Sony and Namco Bandai are going to have a say in that decision too, as Bloodborne and Souls have been huge hits for them, but for now, From Software and series director Miyazaki are keen on possibly stopping it. We'll see what happens, but before then, we'll have Dark Souls III to play. And it looks fantastic. Unsurprisingly, Shin Megami Tensei IV Final rests at the top of my list. I'm looking forward to Persona 5, Fire Emblem Fates, Zelda Wii U, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and the updated version of Odin Sphere as well, but the heart always yearns for post-apocalyptic, crapsack worlds. I'm not sure I buy SMT IV Final's idea of multiple "neutral" paths, though, given one path favors anarchy and another peace. Nocturne pulled a similar stunt with its "Reason" alignments. Chaos and Law weren't really gone, they were just named differently. Just don't let players harm a hair on Nozomi's head. Flynn worked hard to make her queen of the fairies. This is the first time I’ve been able to look at the year ahead for Destructoid, and wow are there some exciting games coming out! The big one I’m looking forward to the most is Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. I love the original game, and have played it to death, but I was unsure of what I played of Catalyst at EGX. At the time, it was due to be released in February, but now that it’s been delayed to May I’m hopeful those extra few months of polish will do the world of good. Taking the original game’s fantastic movement and adding it into an open world with expanded lore is a recipe for greatness, so I really hope they pull it off. I’m also really excited for Mafia 3. Mafia 2 was pretty barebones as an open world game, but everything else about it was fantastic. Exploring a new criminal underworld in New Orleans sounds awesome to me, so I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Other games I’m pumped for are Street Fighter V, Dishonored 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Cuphead. There're so many other games coming out this year that I’m sure I’m forgetting a few as well! If there is one thing I want this year, it's closure for D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die. During the game's final moments, there's a big character reveal -- but then it drops a "To be continued..." and raises even more questions in a post-credits sequence. Where's that second season? At this rate, I'd be happy just to get an officially sanctioned plot summary, Carnivàle-style. This year is very special, for me and for you, whether you choose to care or not. More special than awaiting a new console release or a long-anticipated game -- within a few months a brand new paradigm of entertainment finally comes to fruition. Of course, I'm talking about virtual reality. Call me whatever names you want, call me insanely optimistic, but it's undeniable that VR is one of the biggest fundamental changes to how humans consume media and interact with technology in a very long time, perhaps ever. The switch to smartphones or high definition displays wasn't as disruptive as this, and if I'm being completely honest I'm just excited to be around when it happens. Oculus, HTC, and Sony are tasked with bringing VR to the masses in 2016, and even through it might be a bit of a bumpy ride during the early years, it's safe to say that nothing is going to be the same again. That is what I'm looking forward to this year. If I had to name a few video games I'll definitely be purchasing and playing over the coming months, Persona 5 and Street Fighter V are absolutely on that list.  That reminds me, where the hell is Frog Fractions 2? As someone who can't stand to be let down, I often avoid letting myself get hyped over games, but there are still a few I'm looking forward to. As a huge Zelda fan I'm always looking forward to the next iteration(s), which this year will be both Hyrule Warriors Legends and the upcoming title for Wii U. Legends because of the ability to play as Linkle, while not exactly female Link she is probably the closest we will get. I just hope Linkle makes an appearance in the next home console-based title, be it on Wii U or the NX. Outside of Nintendo, I'm looking forward to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, as the original is easily one of the best and most original shooters in some time, certainly way better than Titanfall, which occupied around a week's worth of time before I went back to PvZ: GW.  Other games that I'm pretty pumped about that is probably flying under most people's radars is Gearbox's hero shooter, Battleborn, and Fable Legends, both of which I may or may not have played. All I can say is I'm looking forward to them because they look hella fun. Last but not least No Man's Sky, the sci-fi game so ambitious that I'm not sure it will be fun at all, but I have some hope. Surely a giant MMO-like space exploration game couldn't possibly fuck everything up could it? If it includes a bunch of dull survival or crafting elements then, in my opinion, yes it could. I've been hopelessly waiting for for XCOM 2 like a prom night date worried she's been stood up since I first heard about all the soldier customization options. As you might know if you've read what I thought about Enemy Unknown and Enemy Within, I take a particular delight in fashioning my squad of alien hunters to resemble my friends, family, and co-workers, and then watching them get massacred by Mutons and Sectopods. In my more reflective moments I worry there might be something really wrong with me. I'm also really looking forward to Street Fighter V. The closest I ever got to being competitive in a fighting game was Super Street Fighter IV with Vega, so I'm pretty excited that by most accounts he is going to be a serious threat in SFV and I plan to get in early and stick with the game this time. Maybe, possibly, if I wish upon a shooting start and practice till my fingers bleed, THIS will finally be the year and the game that I feel confident enough to enter a fighting game tournament.  Also, I may have to buy a Vita, in 2016, thanks to Gundam Vs Extreme Whatever. Sometimes I hate myself. When I was 18, I broke my wrist. Stubborn and still very much not an adult, I refused to go to the hospital. "It's just sprained," I insisted as my ability to use my right arm waned. This went on for eight months when my mother finally convinced me to get it fixed. I now have a two-inch crooked surgery scar to serve as a monument to my idiocy. That is to say, I'm not one to seek medical attention. For three years now, I've skirted Obama and have gone without health insurance. You may think of me as a god-fearing, law-abiding American but I am just the opposite. Steven's a family man; I'm a goddamn rebel. Quick parable: Before working at Destructoid, I was employed at a law firm. One day, I was working on a case with the firm owner when his property manager interrupted. She started talking to him about insurance on some vacation homes he was renting out. I told him verbatim "Insurance is for people who plan to lose." He looked the property manager in the eye and said "Yeah, insurance is for people who plan to lose." She left in a huff and I stifled a laugh about the absurdity of the situation. I bought health insurance this year. I plan to finally lose. That's what I'm anticipating most for 2016: Some sort of physical and emotional trauma, a pain or ailment so great that I can't just ignore it. Good tidings to you and yours, friends. -- New year, new me! What games are you looking forward to getting your slimy, suction-cupped hands on in 2016? This is the first time I’ve been able to look at the year ahead for Destructoid, and wow are there some exciting games coming out! The big one I’m looking forward to the most is Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. I love the original game, and have played it to death, but I was unsure of what I played of Catalyst at EGX. At the time, it was due to be released in February, but now that it’s been delayed to May I’m hopeful those extra few months of polish will do the world of good. Taking the original game’s fantastic movement and adding it into an open world with expanded lore is a recipe for greatness, so I really hope they pull it off. I’m also really excited for Mafia 3. Mafia 2 was pretty barebones as an open world game, but everything else about it was fantastic. Exploring a new criminal underworld in New Orleans sounds awesome to me, so I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Other games I’m pumped for are Street Fighter V, Dishonored 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Cuphead. There're so many other games coming out this year that I’m sure I’m forgetting a few as well!
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What to expect when you're expecting
While 2015 might have been a rathole of a year, a terrible time for all parties involved, it at least had better games than 2014. That year sucked. With the current generation of consoles finally hitting their stride (and a p...

How did Destructoid's most anticipated games of 2015 turn out?

Jan 04 // Steven Hansen
At the start of 2015 my most anticipated game of the year was Broken Age: Act 2. As it happens, I actually forgot this came out this year. I was really, really disappointed with it and as a result almost entirely forgot it even existed until sitting down to write this. I maintain that the first half of Broken Age was an absolute masterpiece when released in isolation from its conclusion. A humorously written point and click adventure that featured well paced and designed puzzles, a memorable cast and one of the most gripping cliff hanger endings in any video game, I was damn impressed with it. Act 2 unfortunately threw most of this promise away very quickly. The puzzles became obtuse, often deliberately unfair and just plain unimaginative. The narrative took a turn for the worse with a completely unsatisfying conclusion and many of the characters who had once felt exciting and new failed to bring anything new to the table. Considering how big a proponent I had been for the first act of the game, the second act falling so flat on its face was easily the most disappointing gaming moment of my year. In hindsight, my faith in this game was a little misplaced, it seems.  At the beginning of the year, I was most looking forward to SeaFall, a board game by Rob Daviau. After years in development, it was slated for a 2015 release. The legacy board game idea really started to catch on, and Daviau found himself working on several projects. Sadly, SeaFall was pushed back to 2016. So I didn't get to play my most anticipated game this year. However, one of the other projects that popped up was Pandemic Legacy, a collaboration with designer Matt Leacock. Unlike SeaFall, Pandemic already had its basic mechanics in place, so developing the legacy aspect was all that needed to be done. Pandemic Legacy released in October, and it is widely regarded as one of the best board games of 2015. I haven't finished it, but from what I've played, it's been pretty great and it certainly lessens the sting of not having my top choice available. My most anticipated game of 2015, The Legend of Zelda for the Wii U, was pushed back to 2016. Before you jump to judge me for believing that a Zelda game may actually be released on time, let me remind you that Nintendo announced and released an entirely new title in the series all in one fell swoop this year. In fact, Tri Force Heroes was on shelves just a few months after it was unveiled at E3 2015, proving once again that the only consistent thing about Nintendo is its capacity for unpredictability. Linkle's recent debut as a playable character in Hyrule Warriors is living proof of that.  I'd say Killing Floor 2 because it's basically all I play, but it's in Early Access and everyone's sick of hearing me talk about it. So...hmm. I wasn't sure if The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt would survive the transition to the open world style that it shot for. In a time when "open" usually translates to "lots of repetitive shite to pick up," I was concerned that CD Projekt Red would fill it with half-assed bloat. Instead, both side and main quests were compelling in an unexpected way. Sure, there was a buttload of icons on the map, but because of environmental story telling and dense mythology (the Bloody Baron quest, anyone?) I actually wanted to see every inch of the map. Well done, Poland. Bloodborne turned out about as well as I expected. With series director Hidetaka Miyazaki returning to the helm (after merely supervising Dark Souls II) the project was in good hands, and it managed to retain that classic Souls feel while forging an identity all of its own. Our staff agreed, and voted it our overall Game of 2015 -- not a bad endorsement! As the year went on, Bloodborne got even better. Multiple updates fixed woes such as long load times, and added a ton of quality of life changes, like enhanced multiplayer. Augmented by The Old Hunters DLC, there's even more of an excuse to replay it annually. Looking back, I have no regrets pegging Life is Strange as my most anticipated game of 2015. The potential I saw in that gamescom 2014 demo was realized without question, sometimes ten times over. By the end, I was invested in the lives of these characters and that's the absolute most you could ask of a game like this. That's why it stung so much to watch the finale stumble the way it did. Episode 5 wrapped things up in a way that directly contradicted the slow pace and exploratory nature of the first four chapters. It was almost like playing a different game where you already knew the people and places. That's a shame, but it didn't sully my fond memories of Max, Chloe, and Arcadia Bay. Spending time with them every few months was a joy, as I found myself looking forward to every new episode's release. When I think back on Life is Strange, I won't think of the game's climax. Instead, I'll remember Max popping in her earbuds to walk down the school hallway, her and Chloe taking a midnight swim in the pool, and Warren's relentless pursuit of just one date. Those were the type of moments that made this such a special game. Even though it fell below my admittedly grand expectations, I stand by my most anticipated game of 2015, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The uneven story pacing and lack of location and side-quest variety were a letdown, but just about every other facet delivered. I'm not a Metal Gear guy. I'm not even all that into stealth games. But I had such a fun time improvising my way out of mistakes and poor decision making. Although Bloodborne ended up being my favorite title of the year, The Phantom Pain was the one I was most curious to get my hands on. My most anticipated game of last year, Bloodborne, turned out to be our site's pick as GOTY, so I'd say I was pretty dang pleased with my choice. I put my faith in werewolves and pitchfork wielding mobs and was not disappointed. A life lesson I'm sure we can all take to heart.  I wasn't exactly Nostradamus when it came to my runner-ups though. Evolve squandered its amazing potential and post-L4D goodwill by managing to be mediocre in every single way. Batman: Arkham Knight was a fine game sabotaged by sequel-fatigue, repetition, and detestable Riddler-racing sequences. My final pick, Star Citizen, well, the less said about how I feel about Star Citizen at the end of 2015, the better. Maybe 2016 will be the year that mankind finally takes to the stars, but I'm not getting my hopes up. I'll confess: I wrote about how No Man's Sky was my most anticipated game of 2015, mainly because I wasn't allowed to be the second person on last year's list to write about Persona 5. No Man's Sky was my second choice. Either way, that's egg on my face, since neither game came out this year. At least, we have a timeframe to go on, now. No Man's Sky hits in June 2016, and Persona 5 for a more nebulous "Summer" of the same year. In the meantime, my enthusiasm has cooled ever so slightly for No Man's Sky, now that more information has begun tempering runaway expectations. Plus, with Elite Dangerous releasing its Horizons expansion and Star Citizen promising its own take on planetary landings, Hello Games' baby is no longer the only surface-to-space action to be found.  My other most-anticipated games - the ones that came out, anyway - turned out quite well, though. Metal Gear Solid V is one of the best stealth-action games ever made, and I enjoyed Bloodborne more than any Souls title since Demon's Souls. I was also quite happy that Satellite Reign turned out to be even better than the Syndicate titles that inspired its developers. All in all, it was a good year for seeing my (game-related) hopes realized, and here's to hoping 2016 turns out similarly. As a diehard Metal Gear fan, of course I'm going to get excited when a new entry is announced. Many have tried and failed, and when it comes to creating a tight, deep gameplay experience that encourages you to play with the toys and mechanics it gives you in interesting ways -- no one other than Hideo Kojima and his gang have managed to hit that mark. Metal Gear Solid V had been on my mind for literal years. It released while I was at PAX Prime 2015, and you can imagine the six-hour bus ride home was grueling. As for how it actually turned out, it far exceeded my expectations and let me down in others. I'm not one to agree with the general populace on something like this, but let's face it - the story is a little weak. Even the harder hits like the Truth ending failed to leave me with any sense of closure, it really ended up just opening up more questions and a few plot points left untouched or unsatisfied for me. Regardless, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is hands-down one of the most satisfying and devastatingly dense games I've ever had the joy of playing, and I can rest easy knowing it was worth the wait for the gameplay. Two years ago I picked Gravity Rush 2 as my most anticipated. Then I had to write about how it hadn't actually come out (and still hasn't). Last year, I picked Persona 5 as my most anticipated game of 2015 and guess what didn't come out in 2015, yep, you guessed it, Persona 5. My runners-up didn't do much better: "Gravity Rush 2, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kentucky Route Zero, getting decapitated, Tetsuo & Youth, baseball." Swing and miss on Gravity Rush again; Metal Gear was good; KRZ, hah!; didn't get decapitated; it was fine; Giants miss playoffs. I think there's some attraction in the idea of both of these games just based off my strong reaction to their predecessors. I also campaigned strongly for Kentucky Route Zero in the 2013 Game of the Year awards despite only one episode having been released in the multipart adventure game (three years later and only the first three episodes out of five are available). On the other hand, I parlayed my love of Invisible, Inc. in 2014 early access into one of my favorite games of 2015, so I'm not all betting on distant promise. Plus, Gravity Rush 2 and Persona 5, my last two years' of most-anticipated, are both definitely coming out in 2016. Can't wait! -- What were you looking forward to in 2015? Did it actually come out? Was it everything you ever wanted, setting your heart a flutter? Are you now planning the perfect Roadhouse theme wedding with it? Just make sure you do not tell me what you're anticipating in 2016. I will upload another post for you to do that in. Please understand. 
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While it is currently several days into 2016, I am still writing 2015 on all my checks. Rent's past due, by the way. Speaking of 2015, it was a year wherein a lot of video games came out, many of which we were dog-whose-owner...

New Persona 5 plot points differentiate it from previous games

Dec 09 // Steven Hansen
[embed]325538:61467:0[/embed] Ryuji meets the protagonist in April, on the first day of school, and ends up a crucial part of starting the group of phantom thieves. With a shared secret, and their loyal reliance on each other, he and the protagonist make great partners in crime. He has kind of a mischievous personality, and through their exploits as the phantom thieves, he wants to reform society and make their names infamous around the world. Ann is one of the game’s heroines. Since she’s lived abroad, she has a distinct, foreign air about her that draws people’s attention. However, they also tend to keep her at an emotional distance because of it. Yusuke has great artistic talent, and he’s seen as an oddball who thinks differently than most people. Lastly, there’s Morgana... At first glance, you might assume [he or she is] merely the mascot character of this title, but [he or she is] quite well-informed on the strange 'other world'; more so than the protagonist and his team. Morgana, the protagonist's gender-less (so far) live-in cat, doesn't understand its own origin, and is seeking answers. It seems like Persona 5 is trying to raise more questions in general, versus cobbling together a feel-good group (not that the series doesn't get grim). "Picaresque heroes are fun, and you might enjoy their exploits or admire them in a work of fiction, but whether you’d actually want to be like them is a whole different story, isn’t it?" Hashino asks. "That's our stance in this game. A group of high school kids, dreaming of becoming masked vigilantes, try to cause a big stir in society. It's quite different from the previous games' protagonists who had no choice but to solve the mysteries they were confronted with. We think that sense of agency is one of the charms of this title." Party members' Persona's appearance are meant to reflect the characters' personality, though the protagonist isn't a French crime literature nerd though his Persona, Arsène, comes from the French literary tradition that Lupin the Third comes from. "The general public's love towards famous, fictional picaresque heroes manifest as Personas for the team," Hashino said. Basically everything Hashino says about Persona 5 leads me to believe we're in for the appropriate post-Catherine turn for the series despite the familiarity and high school setting. I mean, check the theme, something so many games seem to lack entirely: "mankind’s tendency to each view the world through their own individually distorted sense of reality – and its consequences on society and relationships." Dope! I am jazzed to play this for 14 hours a day at the exclusion of all else, including friends, family, and hygiene, as I did with Persona 4: Golden. New Persona 5 Details You Won’t Find Anywhere Else [Game Informer]
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Game Informer has new Persona 5 details you won't find anywhere else, well, except for here, or any other place you're reading them in summation, thanks to an interview with director Katsura Hashino. Hashino explains how the ...


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Persona 5 stuff

Persona 5: New character, multiple villains & in-game social media


New gameplay screens
Sep 23
// Steven Hansen
Welp, we got the trailer and the into-2016-delay for Persona 5 out of Tokyo Game Show 2015. Not unexpected. There are some more details and a good look at new characters in the latest Famitsu. Most of the gallery below is st...
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Persona 5's opening theme is sooo good


Anime, festival event also announced
Sep 19
// Kyle MacGregor
In case you haven't heard, Persona 5 has been delayed until summer, giving us all plenty of time to do other things -- like watching this video featuring footage of the RPG's opening cinematic and its theme tune, a lovely jazz number composed by Shoji Meguro and belted out by singer Lyn.
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Persona 5

Persona 5 delayed until summer 2016


But at least there's a new trailer?
Sep 17
// Joe Parlock
I have some good news and some bad news for you, Persona fans. The good news is there’s a new Persona 5 trailer! It shows off some of the very pretty environments you’ll be exploring in the latest game, as well a...
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Persona 5?

Atlus hosting Persona event at Tokyo Game Show 2015


So, Persona 5 release date?
Sep 09
// Steven Hansen
Hey, remember how Persona 5 still has a 2015 release date, but a non-specific one and, also, we're almost through 2015? Hmm. Sony Japan is doing its pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference at 4PM JST (12AM PDT) on September 15, ...
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Persona 5

New Persona 5 trailer leaked (Update)


Steal back your future
Jun 24
// Kyle MacGregor
[Update: And it's gone!] Persona 4: Dancing All Night just launched in Japan, where first print copies of the game come included with a Blu-ray featuring a new Persona 5 trailer. Make sure to watch it while you still can! G onitono [YouTube]
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E3 2015 badge reveal

E3 2015 badge artwork revealed


A beary Persona E3
Jun 12
// Steven Hansen
You all had a lot of fun fielding guesses and doing Photoshops last week when we teased the 2015 E3 badge. Now take a look at the real dang thing. A double whammy. Lot of people were guessing Persona 4: Dancing All Night and ...

Things that the Persona 5 trailer is better than

May 01 // Steven Hansen
[embed]287234:58408:0[/embed] The first thing I did the morning I knew the trailer would launch was paw around in the dark, eyes half closed, for my phone to watch it and it was somehow as good as I expected it to be despite unreasonable expectations. But how good is that? We need context. Here are some things that the Persona 5 trailer is better than: 1) Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones. 2) Having ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife. 3) The love and acceptance of a parent, because a parent is just going to die and leave you alone. Persona 5 will never leave you. 4) The Iditarod. 5) The episode of Seinfeld where Elaine dances badly. 6) When America legalized standing with your feet close together, thus freeing public transport from sweaty, leg splayed wafts. 7) Ants. 8) Some cats. 9) This joke: "Need a friend named Nick so I can say 'what do you call a guy with no balls?' Eunuch." 10) The time 50 Cent's grandma made him take out the trash and he tweeted, "I'm rich fuck this I'm going home I don't need this shit." 11) Brett Makedonski's basketball game. 12) The time when I was like five years old, playing on the top of a bunk bed. I grabbed the guard rail, looked over the side, and the guard rail came loose, taking me down with it. I split my head open and lost so much blood that I had to be carried around the house (no, of course I didn't go to the hospital, what am I, made of money?) 12) List posts.
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The Persona 5 trailer is better than a lot of things and here are some of those things
Kyle posted some new Persona 5 screenshots earlier, which got me excited, which got me watching the Persona 5 trailer again, which just got me more excited. I like when a trailer can turn me on (not sexual). I watch a lo...

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Persona 5

First look at the Persona 5 hero's persona, Arsene


Hey, good lookin'
Feb 11
// Kyle MacGregor
Go on, take a gander at the Persona 5 lead's persona, Arsene, courtesy of Dengeki PlayStation. The shade vaunts a top hat and ornate cravat, nods to its namesakes. It takes after Arsène Lupin, the gentleman thief ...
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Persona 5 tidbits

Persona 5 tidbits: Coffee shop living, Ghost in the Shell studio, and Arsene


Wouldn't it be cool if P5 was for the PS5?
Feb 09
// Steven Hansen
Persona 5, the only game that matters, got a proper trailer last week that managed to live up to and surpass some lofty expectations. We know a bit more about what we were shown now, too, thanks to a Famitsu piece covered by ...
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Persona 5

Five things about the Persona 5 trailer from someone who knows nothing about Persona


Bear with me here
Feb 05
// Brett Makedonski
I'm going to put myself out there a bit. I know next to nothing about Persona. You see, we all have our beats around here. I leave Persona and the like to the ilk of Kyle and Steven. They're much more excited to write ab...
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Persona 5

Five things we just learned about Persona 5


Want emancipation?
Feb 05
// Kyle MacGregor
Today, Atlus gave us our first look at Persona 5 in motion, and hot damn does it look amazing. We've been watching and rewatching the debut gameplay trailer all day. It's like a train wreck. You can't look away. Except unlike a train wreck it's glorious and beautiful and I love it. Anyway, we've noticed some things about the new game and have decided to share our thoughts.
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No surprise, it looks a lot like Catherine!
Here we go! No more teasing. At long last, Atlus has given us our first real look at Persona 5 and it's just gorgeous. There's so much to analyze, so many details to pore over. For the moment, though, I can hardly bridle my excitement. This looks like a huge leap forward. Can't wait to play it! ペルソナ5 [Atlus]

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Persona 5

Masked heartthrob The Phantom teased for Persona 5


More details, maybe even a trailer, coming soon
Feb 04
// Steven Hansen
Today's issue of Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, as spotted by Gematsu, has a Persona 5 advertisement on the back. It reads, "Advance notice: Tonight I will appear in Nippon Budokan," the venue for the 30-h...

Destructoid's most wanted games of 2015

Jan 06 // Steven Hansen
Steven Hansen, Persona 5Release: 2015   I had two options here. Talk about Gravity Rush 2, a game we still know nothing about save that I will love it, for the second year in a row. Or, talk about Persona 5, a game we know little about save that I will love it.  Gravity Rush and Persona 4: Golden came out in the same year. It was a good year for me. Looking for that to happen again. Also looking to see if the Persona team's writing on the series has matured at all post Catherine, another game I love to death. Everyone's problems will still probably be solved by your being the ultimate listener (a patient mute) and the power of friendship will win out in the end. That's fine as long as there are good characters, good music, and I can mainline dungeons in one day to get back to what matters, virtual friends.  And holy shit Metal Gear Solid V looks weird and good, full of fine detail and idiosyncrasy. Runners-up: Gravity Rush 2, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kentucky Route Zero, getting decapitated, Tetsuo & Youth, baseball Chris Carter, BloodborneRelease: March 24, 2015   Every year in one of these things I choose a Souls game and every year I am happy with my choice. Everything about Bloodborne looks great so far. On top of the From Software patented atmosphere, I'm loving the idea of randomly generated dungeons. The biggest thrill of the Souls games for me is the notion of exploring completely unknown and uncharted territory. Once I've done a few New Game+ runs, that bit sort of loses its luster. But with Chalice Dungeons, I may be playing this game for the entirety of 2015. Runners-up: Gravity Rush 2, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Darren Nakamura, SeaFallRelease: 2015 Back in 2011, Hasbro released Risk Legacy, which accomplished what I thought was impossible: it got me to enjoy Risk for the first time since 1996. The key to its critical and commercial success was the invention and implementation of legacy mechanics. Where other board games start over from session to session, Risk Legacy "remembers" things that happen over the course of a campaign. Particularly brutal battles scar the world (literally--stickers and Sharpies are used to mark the board), and new rules are introduced as the game progresses. It was such a wild idea with so much potential to expand upon that I said it would be the next big thing in board games. And while it hasn't caught on as quickly as I had expected, there have been other games that have adopted the idea. The most notable currently available title is probably Viticulture's expansion Tuscany, but the one I'm looking forward to most is an original game by Risk Legacy's designer Rob Daviau called SeaFall. SeaFall is set to be a 4X (explore, expand, exploit, exterminate) strategy game that takes place on uncharted seas. Past that, there is not a lot of information out there aside from a press release from 2013 and sporadic reports from playtesters that it is totally rad. It was originally scheduled for release last year, but as time went on with so little news (except for the announcement of Pandemic Legacy, developed in part by Daviau), it became clear that the release would be pushed back. I can only hope now that it does release this year. Runners-up: The rest of Tales from the Borderlands, Heart Forth, Alicia, There Came an Echo, Paradise Lost: First Contact Laura Dale, Broken Age: Act 2Release: Early 2015, apparently. I really wish they'd give a solid date already.   I finished my first playthrough of Broken Age: Act 1 and instantly started over from the beginning of the game, not taking so much as a break to grab a glass of water. As someone who at all times has a backlog of games to tackle for work and too little time to cover them all, that's saying a lot. Broken Age: Act 1 was a really well-written comedy point-and-click adventure with charming memorable characters, hilarious writing, great world design, and a fantastically interwoven pair of nontraditional hero narratives. The pair of protagonists broke a number of expected tropes, they had layers of depth, and were consistently interesting to play as. Oh, and the last five minutes or so completely threw the entire experience on its head for me, forcing me to replay from start to finish so I could see all those well-hidden clues that changed the tone of the experience. While Act 1 worked incredibly well as a standalone experience, I can't wait to see where the universe-flipping changes will send the plot of Act 2. Seriously, such an amazing cliff hanger to tease a narrative sequel with. Runners-up: Zelda Wii U, Persona 5, Life is Strange, Bloodborne, Xenoblade Chronicles X Bill Platt, SplatoonRelease: 2015  I spent just about an hour going over all of the currently known game releases for 2015 to see which game I am most excited about playing. I already have a game in mind, but I wanted to make sure that I wasn't missing anything, especially with how jam-packed 2015 is shaping up to be. My choice will most likely come as no surprise to most of you, particularly if you had a chance to read over my favorite games of 2014. Without question, the game I am most excited for is Splatoon from Nintendo. From the very first time I laid eyes on those cute little squid kids, running around and inking each other, I was hooked. This is the Nintendo I love, when they are at their silliest and taking chances on something new. There are certain things you can always be sure of when expecting to play a first party Nintendo game. These include quality, polish, fun, and solid controls--all of the makings of a good game. From the videos we've seen as well as all of the hands-on impressions, I have no doubt that we are in for one hell of a good time. Runners-up: No Man's Sky, Zelda Wii U, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Adr1ft, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Uncharted 4, Yoshi's Wooly World. Josh Tolentino, No Man's SkyRelease: 2015 One of the first games I ever played was Moonvasion, a Defender clone on the Apple II. After playing it, the first thing I ever wanted to "do" beyond what a game allowed was to land that ship, get out, and walk around on the damn moon. That in mind, even if Hello Games' new baby turns out to be nothing more than the bare minimum of what's been shown in the trailers, No Man's Sky pretty much has me covered. Granted, it's not the first game ever to have exploration, planetary landings, and space, but only a few have done it and looked that pretty at the same time. Runners-up: Persona 5, Bloodborne, Satellite Reign, Metal Gear Solid V, Heat Signature, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, Flagship, Uncharted 4 Caitlin Cooke, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong NumberRelease: Q1 2015Hotline Miami came out in October of 2012, but I didn't end up playing it until a year later. In an alternate universe I would have waited until this very day to start, because a year without animal masks and pixelated murder is unacceptable. In the meantime I've survived off the amazing soundtrack, but I still yearn for that sweet adrenaline rush I get every time I kick open a door. Thankfully, Hotline Miami 2 unleashes upon us soon with even more sweet tracks in the mix.  Fun fact time -- did you know that 6,858 people played Hotline Miami on June 24, 2013? Were you one of them?  Nic Rowen, BloodborneRelease: March 24, 2015 I can't wait to get splattered with gore and assorted monster viscera in Bloodborne. The latest spiritual successor to the Souls series is taking all my favorite masochistic adventure action out of the fantasy milieu and dropping us into a Gothic-Victorian inspired nightmare city. As much as I love fighting dragons and manticores, I think the new setting will do the series some good. I'm excited to hear that Bloodborne features a much faster pace, ditching the gigantic tower-shields and huge sets of armor of the Souls series for a riskier and more offense-based take on monster slaying. I'm really hoping it shakes things up enough that I'll be just as terrified and lost as I was the first time I played Dark Souls. Mostly though, I'm excited by the return of lead designer Hidetaka Miyazaki. While Dark Souls 2 was one of my favorite games of 2014, it lacked some of the special je ne sais quoi of the original Dark Souls. I'm hoping Miyazaki will bring back the magic, and with everything we've seen so far–horrifying feral werewolves, unsettling mobs of villagers, and spooooky ghost doors–it looks like he's right on track. Runners-up: Star Citizen, Evolve, Batman: Arkham Knight. Brittany Vincent, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainRelease: Probably Pretty Sure Definitely 2015  Hideo Kojima’s opus is and always has been the Metal Gear Solid games, and the fifth entry in the series is heading our way in 2015—at least, we’re hoping it will. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain looks to combine every single thing fans love about the series, from the epic cinematic touch Kojima lends to every inch of the production to the characters that we yearn to hear from again and again. If the near-perfect “Nuclear” trailer is any indication, this is going to be one of the most cryptic and engaging departures for the series and hopefully tie up some loose ends we’ve had for quite some time. It's going to be a thrill ride from start to finish, but hopefully it won’t break our hearts like Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots did. Or if it does, hopefully it’s in a good way. Hey, I sang "Snake Eater" before. Maybe I'll sing "Nuclear" for you guys, too.  Runners-up: Persona 5, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Amplitude, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Criminal Girls: Invite Only, Day of the Tentacle The Badger, Drawn to DeathRelease: Who-the-fuck-knows o'clock More game "journalists" had more to say about David Scott Jaffe's fucking dumb use of the word "fucktard" during the announcement of Drawn to Death than they did the actual videogame in question. Hopefully everyone will get their priorities straight before the game is released on the PS4 later this year, because getting Jaffe back into the third-person character action/deathmatch genre is a big deal. Jaffe on an action/deathmatch game with a decent budget and total creative freedom has never happened on consoles like this. It could turn out to be the game equivalent of Green Day's American Idiot, or that semi-shitty Metallica orchestral album. That's worst case though, and a semi-shitty worst ain't bad. It's more than you can say for most of the games people are hyped about for 2015, let me tell you.  Jonathan Holmes, Zelda Wii URelease: Whenitsreadyvember 14, 2015 I have enjoyed every new 3D Zelda game more than the previous one, so I have every reason to be excited about the upcoming Wii U title and its Nausicaa-esque interpretation of Link. There are a lot of other games coming in 2015 that I'm even more sure of, like Wattam, Majora's Mask 3D, Resident Evil Revelations 2, and the final build of Nuclear Throne, but Zelda Wii U is the game I'm most on pins and needles for. It's got me feeling incredibly optimistic and curious, which isn't always an easy combination to pull off. Zelda Wii U looks both alien and familiar in just the right order. That's my favorite formula for adventure.  Like with Splatoon, Zelda Wii U looks to take a genre that has been largely dominated by Western developers and "Nintendo-ify" it. They are clearly taking inspiration from the first game in series while pushing the core concept of Zelda in all new directions. While Skyward Sword worked to make your physical interactions with the game the star of the show, Zelda Wii U puts the spotlight on Hyrule itself. Thanks to the amazing art direction, interplay of serenity and excitement, and incredible sense of scope and scale, Zelda Wii U could be the Zelda game to end all Zelda games. Hopefully we'll find out for ourselves before 2016 rolls around.  Jordan Devore, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainRelease: Not soon enough When Steven first prompted us to contribute to this list, I expected to land on Bloodborne for many of the reasons Chris and Nic have described. I've played an early build of the game, and it feels terrific in the ways you'd expect -- also quick, brutal, and even unnerving. I actually jumped! But The Phantom Pain has the slightest edge. Kojima's lead-in game, Ground Zeroes, marked the first time I made it to the credits of a Metal Gear Solid. I've flirted with the series before -- most notably Peace Walker -- but never committed. Everything I've seen of The Phantom Pain makes me want to commit. We know it's going to be a grand, eccentric adventure, but how grand? How eccentric? Kojima has my curiosity like no one else. Runners-up: Yoshi's Woolly World, The Witness, Splatoon, Hotline Miami 2, Just Cause 3 Kyle MacGregor, Persona 4: Dancing All NightRelease: God dammit Atlus, give it to me now!  I like weird Japanese games, and they don't get much weirder or more Japanese than a dancing rhythm game based on the Persona franchise. My real answer is probably Persona 5, but Steven already talked about that and I don't have much to add aside from "HNNNNG PERSONA!" Shoji Meguro, it's your time to shine! Runners-up: Xenoblade Chronicles X, Titan Souls, Majora's Mask 3D, Evolve, Splatoon Brett Makedonski, Life is StrangeRelease: January 30, 2015 Man, I can't even explain the feeling I get when I think back to my gamescom 2014 demo of Life is Strange. It's this weird combination of giddy, anxious, nervous, and calm. It's completely inexplicable. I was just so immediately invested and entranced in the lives of the young women on screen that I had completely drown my own world out. Mind you, this is at the world's largest videogame convention when I'm supposed to be acutely alert. I can't say that 20 minutes with any other game has ever had that exact effect on me. That's why I'm impatiently anticipating my trip to Arcadia Bay, Oregon. I don't know if five episodes of time-travelling, indie-tinged self-exploration will live up to my initial exposure. Frankly, I don't care. These girls have so much life to discover, and I want to do it right alongside them. - What are you looking forward to? Ciao, amiche
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Oodles and noodles
Ugh. Mondays, am I right? They're a day that people don't like because you have to do stuff and things after (maybe) not having to do those things, you know? Lame. Let's turn our frowns upside down and instead talk about some...

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Persona 5

Persona 5 is definitely coming in 2015, you guys


We kinda already knew this, but hey!
Dec 06
// Brittany Vincent
During the PlayStation Experience keynote in Las Vegas today, Atlus USA confirmed that Persona 5 will indeed be dropping on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in 2015. We pretty much knew this already, but official announce...
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Letter to fans

Persona 5 director apologizes for showing so little, thanks fans


Persona 5's big city life
Sep 02
// Steven Hansen
Persona Team head Katsura Hashino is always quick to thank the fans patiently waiting for Persona 5. We got our first trailer this weekend, though it's all anime scenes, nothing in-game. Hashino posted a message on ...
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Sony conference

Persona, Dragon Quest, Gundam, Disgaea, Bloodborne -- Sony's whole pre-TGS conference


In case you missed it
Sep 02
// Steven Hansen
Sony Japan's pre-TGS press conference took place in the wee hours of Sunday night in North America. In case you missed it, the entire conference, where we saw our first trailer for Persona 5, is up on YouTube. There was a gr...
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PS4 version announced and look crazy blue flames and a nerdy boy!!!
Atlus' YouTube has our first look at Persona 5, which appears to have a ruffled brown haired boy protagonist and subways. Not a lot to get excited about aside from the fact that Persona 5 is exciting inherently. Though there was an announcement of a PS4 version of the previously PS3-restricted title. Makes sense. 

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BABY BABY BABY BABY!
The next numbered Persona game, Persona 5, has been officially confirmed for North American release by Atlus. Get ready to be chained to your chair and PS3 some time in 2015. I wish we could tell you more. You don't know how...

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Hey! There's an Atlus USA site for Persona 5 up


Coming 2015, it says
Feb 25
// Dale North
Would you look at that! An Atlus USA site for Persona 5. It says it's coming in 2015 for PS3.  The linked (and private) teaser trailer doesn't tease much.  Sit tight.

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