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OFFICIAL: 2.4 Update Notes (LIVE!)

Discussion in 'Official News & Announcements' started by Liam, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. Liam

    Liam !Robot
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    HEY.

    ARE YOU READY FOR PATCH NOTES? BECAUSE WE ARE.

    06/28 UPDATE - 2.4 is now LIVE - enjoy!

    06/25 UPDATE - New changes have been made to the 2.4 update which will be reflected in this color.

    We've been working non-stop to bring you one of our biggest updates yet! In fact, we're still putting the finishing touches on it, so you shouldn't expect this update for another couple of weeks - we're currently looking to release it before the end of the month!

    You can find these update notes in Spanish, courtesy of the lovely folks running the Skullgirls Español Facebook page, here:
    https://www.facebook.com/SkullMobileEs/posts/1844345865622115

    You can find these update notes in Korean, courtesy of @Fel who has graciously translated them, here:
    http://forum.skullgirlsmobile.com/threads/2-4-버전-업데이트-공지.3177/

    Without further ado, let's dive in~

    MARQUEE ABILITIES

    Marquee Abilities make a return from our Skullgirls beta days! Remember them? No? That's okay.

    After fully upgrading a Fighter's Skill Tree, you will have the option to unlock and use one of the two Marquee Abilities available for that Character (i.e. all Big Band Fighters have the same Marquee Ability options). You can upgrade both simultaneously, but you can only select and use one at a time.

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    Choose wisely and consult with your fellow players before you invest your hard earned Skill Points and Canopy Coins! Some Marquee Abilities are better suited for certain Fighters and certain Playstyles.

    Changed your mind? You can always switch between the two available Marquee Abilities for a bit of Theonite.

    After unlocking a fighter's Marquee Ability, they will also receive a little extra flair on their portrait!

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    PRIZE FIGHT CHANGES

    We have received tons of feedback (thank you!) regarding our new Prize Fights system ever since we introduced it in 2.2, and we are happy to report a number of refinements designed to directly address a number of your concerns:

    Fight Harder Opponents Earlier

    For the first 15 or so fights in any given Prize Fight, you will now be able to choose from three opponents with very different Fighter Score ranges depending on your difficulty preference:

    EASY - The standard opponent difficulty for that streak that everyone is used to in 2.3. For those who appreciate the current Prize Fights' difficulty progression, this is is the option for you!

    MEDIUM - These fights are noticeably harder than the EASY option -- good if you want to earn XP more quickly without taxing your team too much.

    HARD - This fight will be MUCH harder than the other two fights. By choosing this option, players can immediately start getting significant chunks of XP for their fighters right off the bat.

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    Once you reach streak 15, your opponent difficulty will balance out (alongside the introduction of stat modifiers). As a result, there are now options for every type of player depending on your Prize Fight goals (points + high streaks, maximizing XP gain per fight, etc).

    Decisions, decisions!
    Bonus Experience For Win Streak Modifiers

    By popular request, you will now also receive scaling bonus experience once Win Streak Modifiers kick in at streak 15.

    Maintaining those 30+ streaks will be a lot more rewarding, so bring your A game if you want to hold on to it and maximize your experience gains for your Gold, Silver and Bronze Fighters!
    Streak Recovery

    Sometimes, all it takes is one small mistake to cost you everything at a high streak. It's heartbreaking! Now, we'll be giving you the option to "recover" your streak to what it was before for a bit of Theonite (the price will scale depending on the streak you are looking to restore).

    WiFi went down? Phone battery died? Got caught in a nasty combo? When these things happen, you'll have a way to get back on track!​

    TIER SPECIFIC SHARDS


    We've all been there -- you go to open a Relic hoping for a Gold and, alas - it's Bronze or Silver instead. No closer to a Gold than you were before.

    Introducing... Tier Specific Shards!

    Every time that you obtain a new Bronze or Silver Fighter, it will grant you 40 shards towards either a Silver or a Gold Fighter Relic.

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    Bronze Fighters grant Silver Shards, and Silver Fighters grant Gold Shards. After you collect 1000 Silver or Gold Shards, you'll be able to get a FREE Silver or Gold Relic.

    Now, every pull that is not a Gold will get you one step closer to acquiring a Gold!

    NOTE: This will replace the Shard to Get Relic. All Shard to Get Relic Shards will be auto-converted to SILVER Shards after the 2.4 update. Any Shard to Get Relics you have purchased (but not opened) will safely stay in your inventory until you open them.

    MASTER DAILY EVENTS

    Finished Story Mode and have nothing to spend your Energy on except Expert Daily Events? Fear not, a new challenge awaits!

    Master Daily Events are much harder than Expert Daily Events, but they are not quite as intense as Accursed Experiments. Each Master Event will feature a new devious modifier on every node that has been designed to fit the character - be prepared!

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    In addition to providing a great source of renewable experience and standard Daily Event rewards (Moves, BBs, Skill Points, etc), they will also have the chance to drop the all new, and extremely rare, Elemental Essence Shards!

    ELEMENTAL SHARDS, ESSENCES AND RELICS

    A new EVOLUTION currency has entered the fray (more on that below)! Elemental Shards now exist for every element, and with 1000 Shards, you can craft a full Elemental Essence.

    The main source of earning Elemental Shards (and even full Elemental Essences if you're lucky) is through brand new Elemental Relics:

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    Radiant Shining Relic (Go alliteration!)
    Scorched Relic
    Sunken Relic
    Shrouded Relic
    Stormy Relic


    You can view the alternate names we drafted for "Stormy" in our work chat (because they are amazing) here:

    Green
    Well Ventilated
    Zephyrean
    Drafty
    Whispering
    Huff’n’Puff
    Windy
    Gassy
    Breezy
    Windsheared
    Poorly Insulated
    Fart
    Frogblasted
    Thunderous
    Jetstreamed
    Meteorological (sponsored by Weather.com)
    "Thesaurus.com says you can just use Zephyr"

    Each Elemental Relic costs 300 Theonite (or 3000 Theonite for a 10+1) and will grant you two rewards:
    1. Fighter of that Element Type.
    2. Essence Shards of that Element Type (10, 50, 100, or 1000)
    Outside of Prize Fights and Offers, one Elemental Relic type will be available every weekend (on a 5 week rotation). Snap 'em up while you can!

    ELEMENTAL EXCLUSIVE VARIANTS

    As a bonus, these Elemental Relics are also the ONLY way to get these five new Elemental Variants!

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    ELEMENTAL PRIZE FIGHTS

    Another great way to earn Essence Shards & Essences is through Elemental Prize Fights. Each of these Prize Fights will have a modifier that provides a bonus to its corresponding element.

    For example, the modifier for our LIGHT Elemental Essence Prize Fight is:

    All LIGHT Fighters cycle between IMMUNE, UNFLINCHING, INVINCIBLE, and FINAL STAND. Landing a HIT will transfer negative COMBAT EFFECTS to the opponent.

    Elemental Prize Fights will provide Elemental Relics, Elemental Shards, and even Full Elemental Essences as part of their rewards.

    ...

    "Okay Liam, you've been popping off about these Herbal Essences and Eevee Evolution Stones for three pages now, what do they even do...?"

    DIAMOND EVOLUTION

    Behold - DIAMOND TIER FIGHTERS!

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    Right now the only way to get a Diamond Fighter is to EVOLVE one, which will require:
    • A Max Level 50 Gold Fighter
    • 5x Gold Fighters of that Character Type
    • 3x Elemental Essences of the Evolving Fighter's Element
    For example: To evolve your Gold Armed Forces to Diamond, you'll need to get her to maximum level (L50), sacrifice 5 Gold Cerebellas, and use 3 Full AIR Elemental Essences.

    Evolving a Fighter to Diamond will raise their max level capacity to 60, and it will dramatically increase their maximum stats.

    BUILDING YOUR FIRST DIAMOND FIGHTER

    As you might expect, Diamond Fighters will require a lot more experience to level up compared to Gold Fighters, but with our Prize Fights experience changes and Master Daily Events, XP will be much more abundant for everyone to feast on.

    Have a Gold Fighter in mind for evolution, but not enough Gold Fighters of that type to evolve them? Use these new XP opportunities to level up and evolve some Silver Fighters to use as food!

    Diamond Fighters require a lot of investment to attain - they are intended to be rare and special. Choose carefully!

    ACCURSED EXPERIMENTS FIRST TIME CLEAR REWARD

    When you 100% Accursed Experiments for the first time after the 2.4 update, you will acquire 3 FULL Elemental Essences of one type (chosen randomly) - enough to fulfill the Elemental Essence requirements for one Gold → Diamond evolution.

    For our most dedicated end-game players - this should help you get your first Diamond relatively quickly!

    THE STASH

    You'll notice that we've added a new button to the main menu - the STASH!

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    Ever wanted to know how many Skill Points you have for each Character at a glance? Your prayers are answered! You can use this screen to view all of your items and currencies (including Elemental Shards and Essences).

    EVOLUTION IMPROVEMENTS

    The evolution process also got a new makeover, take a look!

    We've also updated the character details screen to better show when a character is at max level, and we're making it more apparent when a character is ready to be evolved.

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    WARNING!!! COMING SOON - EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CONTENT!!

    In our next few updates we will be releasing some new content soon with unprecedented difficulty - for which a good Diamond Fighter (or two or three!) will go a LONG way.

    Furthermore, as we release more collaborative and competitive social features in the coming months, Diamond Fighters will be even more valuable to you and your allies. Be prepared!

    PALETTE EFFECTS

    In 2.4, you'll notice a few new spiffy colorful effects while you're playing. That's because we've added in most of the cool palette effects featured through Skullgirls 2nd Encore (Console and PC).

    Here are two examples:

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    These effects will pop up as you fight, giving some extra visual oomph.

    SQUIGLY FIGHTERS ADDED TO ALL RELICS

    Squigly Fighters are no longer exclusive to the REANIMATED Relic.

    You can now find Squigly variants in Premiere, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Silver Lining, and Shard To Get Relics.

    NECROBREAKER SQUIGLY VARIANT

    For those of you who visited us at Combo Breaker, you'll be receiving the Necrobreaker Squigly variant through the mail after the 2.4 update is live.

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    You can see her in action here!
    https://twitter.com/sgmobile/status/1010340784346812416


    JP / KO LAUNCH

    In case you missed it, we'll be launching in Japan and Korea later this month!

    We've set up some new Japanese and Korean forum sections, but please remember to only post in the respective language there if you are a native speaker.

    NOTE: For those asking about when Skullgirls will launch in China - we're working on it! It all comes down to finding the right partner. Thanks for your patience!

    MASSIVE MEMORY IMPROVEMENTS

    We mention this every update, but this time we've made huge improvements to how we handle loading and unloading character art and data.

    You should expect to see far fewer crashes related to memory usage. If you experienced crashes after only a handful of matches in 2.3, let us know how this update affects you!

    PARASOUL ORIGIN STORY TEASE #2


    We know, we know -- BUT WHAT ABOUT PARASOUL'S ORIGIN STORY?!

    Stay tuned for our next update and find out! Until then, here's another blast from the past:

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    ADJUSTMENTS

    Evolution Flow


    • Evolution screen now filters by default to only show available characters.
    • Changes to results screen to better communicate when a character is at max level and ready to be evolved.
    • New visual effects will be applied to fighter cards when they are ready to be evolved.
    • Music is heavily dampened during the new evolution animation.
    Rewards
    • Blockbusters and Special Moves in rewards preview now reflect their rarity tier. (Bronze, Silver or Gold)
    • Gold and Silver Relic progress bars are displayed during Relic opening rewards flow.
    Fights
    • Added "NO DIAMOND" constraint to fights where "NO GOLD" is present.
    • Adjusted Prize Fight streak matchmaking to account for new Diamond Fighters.
    • Enemy teams will now have their total fighter score present on the Prize Fights selection screen.
    Social Features
    • Disabled Silver Relic pull notifications from chat room.
    • Updated chat join message to remind players of our reportabuse@hiddenvariable.com email.
    • Updated chat join message to include a link to the official Skullgirls Discord server. (discord.gg/skullgirls)
    • You can now use non-English characters for Display Names.
    Economy
    • Slightly reduced Theonite payout for Story Mode 100% completion rewards. Origin Stories are unchanged.
    Relics
    • Daily & Hourly Relics offer a chance to grant Element Shards.
    • Relic odds popup is now more precise, and supports decimal values.
    (VALENTINE) Pyro-Technique
    • Signature Ability now inflicts two stacks of Wither, up from one.
    Character Details
    • Removed "class" descriptor from the character details screen in favor of better communicating level cap. (Control, Attacker, Disabler, Defender, etc)
    AI
    • Higher level AI will be smarter at dealing with charge attack unblockables. They will intelligently use Blockbusters, Special Moves (when appropriate), and Tag-ins to avoid these attacks.
    • Fixed scenario where the AI would back-dash infinitely attempting to taunt. Looking at you, Eliza!

    Big Band Daily Events

    Unstoppable Force (Expert Modifier)
    • Now only triggers if benefiting from UNFLINCHING.
    • INVINCIBILITY duration increased from 3 seconds to 5 seconds.
    Taser (Advanced Modifier)
    • Has been replaced by IMMOVABLE OBJECT.
    Immovable Object
    • No longer grants permanent UNFLINCHING. The new description is as follows:
      • 15% chance when HIT to gain UNFLINCHING for 10 seconds if benefiting from ARMOR. Also gain UNFLINCHING for 10 seconds at the beginning of the match.
    • The above changes have reworked the flow of Big Band's modifiers to be more linear. Here are the results:
      • When hit, % chance to gain ARMOR.
      • When hit, % chance to gain UNFLINCHING if you have ARMOR.
      • When hit, % chance to gain INVINCIBLE if you have UNFLINCHING.
    Filia Daily Events

    Lacerate
    • Increased proc chance from 2% to 10%.
    BUG FIXES

    We're still fixing bugs as we speak - so this list is likely to grow! That said, here's what we've fixed so far:

    MODIFIERS

    Double Tap
    • Fixed an issue where characters would revive after the round was over.
    Final Stand
    • Prevents KO from Immoral Fiber's SA, and DOOM.
    Hex
    • Correctly prevents Immoral Fiber's SA from triggering.
    Misc
    • Fixed some edge cases where some modifiers weren't correctly removing other modifiers.
    CHARACTERS

    Cerebella
    • No longer displays damage numbers on the first hit of Pummel Horse.
    Parasoul
    • Canopy Bounce no longer soft locks the game if used against a tagging in Cerebella.
    Squigly
    • Fixed an issue where the game would soft lock if the enemy died during player BB3 activation.
    • Fixed an issue where the game would soft lock if the enemy queued a Blockbuster during Silver Chord or Tremolo.
    • Fixed an issue where the game would soft lock if the enemy got behind Squigly (and other characters) during BB3 activation.
    • Removed debug text from BB3 - "RAGE OF THE DRAGON".
    • Fixed several infinite combos with Wrym's Tail.
    • Fixed issue where Squigly could use Silver Chord multiple times per combo. (Sorry, OozyGamer)
    MISC

    Accursed Experiments
    • Now properly grants Squigly Skill Points on completion.
    Chat
    • Chat text is now visible when resolution slider is set to less than half way.
    Announcer
    • Announces Beowulf's presence again when he is added to the team.
    Localization & Text
    • Fixed many translation errors. Thanks to everyone who continues to help point these out to us!
    • Fixed variant names overlapping other text in some languages on the match preview screen.
    • Significant improvements to Squigly related text - including Variant names, etc - in German.
    • Fixed issue where variant quotes would sometimes go off screen.

    Previously, we errantly listed that the odds to receive a Gold fighter from a Elemental Relic were higher than Premiere and Character Relics, but they are in fact comparable. Our apologies for the miscommunication.

    We're hoping to get this update into your hands ASAP, and we'll keep you all posted on the release status as we go.

    To those who create threads on our forums generating discussion, who spend countless hours a day providing feedback in our Discord, who send us bug reports and share suggestions with us, who simply play the game and tell their friends about it - we can't thank you enough for all of your support. Skullgirls is a project we developed for YOU, and your enjoyment is our top priority.

    As always, please continue to share your feedback and suggestions with us on the forums here. Everything you post helps shape Skullgirls into the best experience it can be.

    - All of us at Hidden Variable

    Have a question? Leave it down below and we'll do our best to respond when we can.
     
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  2. Fel

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    Truly a jam packed update my goodness
    There's gonna be so much to work on, but that first time Accursed Experiments reward sounds like its gonna help a ton!!!!
    Liam popoff reference highly appreciated
    The skullgirl looks awesome!!
    I'm sure a lot of people will appreciate the PF change.
     
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  3. Renan Flippy

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    WoW WoW WoW. Awesomwe Summer Update. The 2018 Preview is almost complete. Lack Ms. Forturne, Robo-Fortune and the direct purchase Store. Great and Excellent work. Time to save more.
     
  4. Peacockis2cool4u

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    Looking great! Although this doesn’t matter, I thought the Diamond Evloution was going to be called ‘Platinum’ because that’s what was said in the 2018 plans for the game. Regardless, I can’t wait!
     
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  5. Drbilljoe

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    This is everything we pretty much asked for now I think is a easier way to get gold because since diamond is out I think it's proper to do this
     
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  6. Radelorie

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    Awesome new update! This is really the greatest update so far.
     
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  7. Liam

    Liam !Robot
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    I don't think that's the case ; )


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    Evolving Silvers to Gold should help provide food to evolve to Diamond. Getting Golds to level 50 should also be much easier with all of the new experience available.

    Gold Shards for free Gold relics will help as well!
     
  8. Zuzuska

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    As always the updates always deliver on huge amounts new content and fixes.
    Looking forward to making my characters diamond powerhouses :D
     
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  9. HarveyG

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    well how about filia and squigly origins stories? it's good parasoul having an origins story in this upcoming update, but i wish tjis was true.
     
  10. Scorialimit

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    This is really amazing!

    I can't wait to see this all in full effect!

    Just one question

    Does this lower HP to 1, or prevent damage altogether?
     
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  11. Zuzuska

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    I'm sure they have plans to dive into the origin stories of all the characters. No character left out! These stories take time to program and the art they make for them has to usually be done from scratch. It could take some time for your favorites to get their own stories... So just hang in there, I'm sure HVS hasn't forgotten them. :D
     
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    This is gonna be a freakin' huge update. Can't wait!
     
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    In my opinion, I think the diamond tier fighter border should have a shiny or atleast sparkling effect on the border.
     
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    Wow! A lot of exciting things to discuss, but first one little thing:
    Please consider renaming Radiant Relic to Shining Relic! They all begin with "S" except one. Suitable "S" names: shining, shimmering, shiny, sparkling, sunny, etc.

    (ya know, like how The Endless in The Sandman series were all "D" names. Neil Gaiman will give you a hive five if you change the relic name for symmetry purposes)
     
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    This is what I thought as well. Pretty please? Devs, I can tell from your bad jokes that you're not above alliteration.

    This update looks great. Big incentive to upgrade my sivers
     
  16. Tom Kulczewski

    Tom Kulczewski Active Member

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    Been playing the game since its inception.
    Had so many fighters they started clogging my collection.
    Only kept 3 Gold variants of each fighter in case an upgrade happens.

    Feels bad.

    Other than that, I'm super excited! :D
     
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    Loving the new updates, cannot wait to see it :))
     
  18. MatDestruction

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    Ok, I was a little afraid (although I was REALLY excited about it) of this uptade, but now ir feels completely amazing!!!

    I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS

    (And also, thank you for the freaking amazing game and for hearing so much the community! You guys are totally amazing!!)
     
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  19. luckykhanh

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    Time to burn my saving back account lol, want to have a Diamond Peacock and Filia
    Btw the Filia PF modifier is exactly what I have been thinking. 2% is like nothing will happen.
    And by the way I think you should think about Painwheel Rusty SA, because 5% bleeding, especially against bleed resistant opponent means nothing.
    The Marquee ability seems cool, but really I don't want to upgrade my character completely, as it rises the PF point and affect the experience bonus at the end as well as costs a lot of resources. I would prefer we to unlock that feature after upgrading like 20 nodes and is at lv 25 (bronze), 35 (silver) and 45 (gold).
    I am not gonna complaining more but everytime I play Painwheel I feel like: "Wth is her SA, like getting hit to have bonus?". It is profitable at lower streaks but when it comes to streak like 25 and your fighter is just 5000 point, it is a suicidal action. Please makes something more usefull than than.
     
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  20. Tom Kulczewski

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    Also, what's Diamond fighter's maximum level? Can we only get a Diamond fighter through evolution or in time we're gonna get Diamond-only-fighters?
     
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