GTA 5 Launch Timeline

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Below is a list of major content and information officially released by Rockstar Games for GTA V. iGTA5

December 16, 2021

Rockstar Games ends support for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of GTA Online as well as Social Club connectivity for those and other games of the console generation.

December 15, 2021

The latest major DLC for Grand Theft Auto Online drops titled "The Contract". It is essentially a continuation of the GTA V story and would have likely been the storymode DLC we had expected but never got.

July 20, 2021

The Los Santos Tuners update brings more vehicles and customization to GTA Online with a new mod shop and places to show off your rides.

December 15, 2020

Rockstar Games adds a whole new island to explore (and rob) in GTA Online with the Cayo Perico Heist.

August 11, 2020

The Los Santos Summer Special adds more vehicles and co-op missions to GTA Online with a summer fun theme.

June 11, 2020

Rockstar Games announced the almost 7 year old Grand Theft Auto V would make its way onto a third generation of consoles including the PlayStation 5 in the second half of 2021. The game would be updated to take advantage of the new consoles. GTA Online will be making the jump too. PC users will continue to see updates as well.

December 12, 2019

A new heist is added to GTA Online involving the Casino.

July 23, 2019

After many small DLC updates over the past year, the under contruction casino in northeastern Los Santos finally opened for business nearly 6 years after GTA V's initial release.

July 24, 2018

Rockstar had been busy releasing REMIX versions of previous game modes but even with Red Dead Online being their main focus, Rockstar managed to squeeze out a new DLC: Arena War. The mode brings apocalyptic vehicle battles to the Maze Bank Arena.

July 24, 2018

Following various vehicle and game mode releases, Rockstar Games introduces GTAO: After Hours which brings new adventures to the Los Santos nightlife.

January 30, 2018

Following the Ubermacht Revolter, the Pfister Neon is released along with Hardest Target Mode.iGTA5

January 16, 2018

After the release of the Annis Savestra and Lampadati Viseris, the Grotti GT500 sports car and Air Quota Mode are released.

December 12, 2017

The Doomsday Heist offers a new way to save San Andreas and the world. The heist involves 3 acts while you and some powerful people fight off other powerful people trying to take over.

October 17th, 2017

More vehicles and aircraft were released for Smuggler's Run and then Transform Races became the new way to drive, fly, and drive again around GTA Online. Later in the month Halloween returned.

August 29th, 2017

After numerous vehicle releases and new adversary modes for the previous DLC expansion, Smuggler's Run is released for GTA Online.

June 30th, 2017

Another new Adversary Mode: Dawn Raid plus the Vagner Supercar and the return of Independence Day specials.

June 13th, 2017

After a month of various discounts and bonuses, the next big DLC release is Gunrunning. Players are also encouraged to log into GTA Online to get a tax refund in the future. iGTA5

April 25th, 2017

Billed as an Adversary Mode, Tiny Racers takes stunt racing down to a smaller level.

April 11th, 2017

Once special for returning players in story mode, the Duke O'Death is now available for all in new-gen GTA Online.

April 11th, 2017

Land Grab Adversary Mode is a new take on Capture-the-Flag.

April 4th, 2017

The Turismo Classic joins GTA Online.

March 28th, 2017

Resurrection Adversary Mode is released along with the Infernus Classic.

March 21st, 2017

The Hijak Ruston is added and the Stunt Race Creator gets an update.

March 14th, 2017

After adding more stunt races and related items earlier in the month, Rockstar released Cunning Stunts: Special Vehicle Circuit featuring new vehicles.

February 14th, 2017

Valentine's Day returns in GTA Online with the return of items from the previous year.

January 17th, 2017

Collection Time is the next new Adversary Mode released plus the Dewbauchee Specter makes its debut.

January 2nd, 2017

A new Adversary Mode titled Vehicle Vendetta is released along with the Pegassi FCR 1000. Later the Progen Itali GTB Custom becomes available.

December 20th, 2016

Festive Surprise returns to GTA Online featuring the return of holiday content and other special bonuses.

December 13th, 2016

After additional vehicles being released for the Bikers DLC, a whole new DLC titled Import/Export is released featuring plenty of new vehicles, new garages with tons of space, and new ways to make money.

October 4th, 2016

After two months of bonus weeks in GTAO, the long-awaited and requested Biker DLC is released. Similar to the VIP content you can form your own motorcycle club/gang and take on business ventures in Los Santos and Blaine County.

August 2nd, 2016

The Content Creator for GTAO is updated to include stunt races and a new Adversary mode called Entourage is released.

July 26th, 2016

Five more stunt races and another set of three vehicles are added to GTA Online's Cunning Stunts DLC.

July 19th, 2016

Six additional stunt races and three more vehicles are added to GTA Online's Cunning Stunts DLC.

July 12th, 2016

Rockstar pleases the stunting and racing community with the Cunning Stunts DLC featuring more vehicles and plenty of sky-high fun as you race around above San Andreas.

June 21st, 2016

Power Play is released which is yet another Adversary Mode that will take you back to what video games used to be. Rockstar also releases the first of three new super cars as part of the Further Adventures in Finance update. The other two were released one at a time later.

June 7th, 2016

Rockstar expands VIP criminal empires in GTA Online with Further Adventures in Finance and Felony. You can now buy an office and a warehouse for your illicit goods.

May 3rd, 2016

Another new Adversary Mode titled In and Out is released. iGTA5

April 12th, 2016

Rockstar adds the new Inch by Inch Adversary Mode plus the Vapid Minivan becomes customizable at Benny's.

April 5th, 2016

The Tornado becomes available to customize at Benny's featuring the usual lowrider options that will make South LS gangs rage with jealousy.

March 15th, 2016

Adding to Benny's customer base is the Lowriders: Custom Classics DLC. You can now customize a Slamvan, Virgo, and make the previously released Faction into a donk ride. Two new weapons include the Compact Rifle and Double Barrel Shotgun.

February 26th, 2016

Rockstar adds a new Rhino Hunt Adversary Mode to new-gen GTA Online. It is a simple premise: a small army of "hunters" tries to take out a Rhino tank.

February 10th, 2016

The Be My Valentine DLC releases featuring items from the original Valentine Massacre permanently available plus new items including the Roosevelt Valor variant which has even more customization options.

January 28th, 2016

A small update to GTA Online for new-gen includes a new Drop Zone Adversary Mode and the ability to customize a Sultan or Banshee at Benny's to turn them into super fast race cars.

December 23, 2015

Adding to the Festive Surprise, Rockstar brings back the snow, adds the new Beast vs Slasher adversary mode, and unleashes the Tampa back into the GTA realm.

December 21, 2015

Once again Rockstar celebrates the holiday with Festive Surprise 2015. Christmas items in GTA Online return along with some new ones.

December 15, 2015

After a month of small job updates and event weekends, Rockstar releases the Executives and Other Criminals DLC for new-gen GTA Online. In addition to new armored vehicles, two new weapons, and new pads (including a yacht), players can now have or become bodyguards to another player with cash to burn.

October 29, 2015

The Halloween Surprise is released for GTA Online. Two killer vehicles are added along with a flashlight weapon, new masks/face paints, and the new Slasher adversary mode.

October 20, 2015

Another month of silence which ends with the release of the Lowriders DLC for GTA Online featuring two new vehicles and numerous options for a few others. Two new weapons are introduced and other updates to GTAO are made available. iGTA5

September 15, 2015

After a quiet month in August, Rockstar releases the Freemode Events Update for GTA Online which is a new, streamlined way to play jobs during free roam. This DLC marks the first to be only for new-gen platforms. No further large updates to the old-gen will be made. The Rockstar Editor also debuts on the PS4 and Xbox One consoles with the Freemode Events Update.

July 8, 2015

Ill-Gotten Gains Part 2 releases with even more high-priced goods to spend your heist money on. "The Lab" radio station also makes its way onto all consoles.

June 10, 2015

The DLC drought ends with the release of Ill-Gotten Gains Part 1 for GTA Online. The update features more gold than the Union Depository. And the items cost accordingly.

May 13, 2015

The first PC video editor contest goes live. The challenge is to create a music video for "Leave" by Wavves.

April 18, 2015

Don't have a monster gaming PC to play GTA V maxed out? Rockstar Games is giving away a custom Digital Storm Velox PC.

GTA 5 Custom Gaming PC

April 14, 2015

After a long, long wait Grand Theft Auto V finally makes it to PC.


April 13, 2015

With the PC version launching soon, Rockstar gives an introduction to the updated video editor.

April 8, 2015

Hands-on previews of GTA V for PC are posted by gaming media. Things are looking up for the PC version.

April 2, 2015

Rockstar releases a 60FPS trailer for GTA V on PC exclusively on their site.

March 27, 2015

New screenshots are posted for GTA V on PC and a trailer is announced for the following week.


March 10, 2015

GTA Online Heists are finally made available!

March 9, 2015

A third short heist video previews a bank robbery.

March 6, 2015

Another short heist video is released showing the Hydra being stolen from the Navy. This is on top of Rockstar announcing a new radio station called "The Lab" to debut with the PC version. Later in the day Rockstar posts some tips on setting up your crew for heists.

March 5, 2015

Gaming media post hands-on previews of GTA Online Heists. Worth the wait? They make a good case for that. Rockstar posts a short video showing the heist on Humane Labs too, which coincides with the previews. iGTA5

February 27, 2015

Rockstar releases 15 new screenshots for the PC version of GTA V.


February 24, 2015

Heists are officially set for a March 10th release but the PC version of GTA V is delayed another month to April 14th, 2015.

January 13, 2015

Just two weeks away from the PC release, Rockstar delays it to March 24th, 2015. On the upside heists are said to be coming before then for consoles. PC specs are also revealed.

December 18, 2014

Rockstar wraps up the holidays with the Festive Surprise GTA Online event lasting from December into January.

December 16, 2014

Rockstar finally shows us some updated GTA Online heist gameplay - plus they announce heists are coming early in 2015 - and IGN gets an interview for more information. Plenty of new screenshots are made available.

November 18, 2014

Grand Theft Auto V enters the new-gen with its release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

November 12, 2014

Rockstar gives some additional information about the new-gen GTA Online including double the amount of props in the creator.

November 10, 2014

With 8 days until release, Rockstar Games reveals the new-gen launch trailer for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One:

November 4-6, 2014

IGN gets the first preview of the new-gen version of Grand Theft Auto V. It is revealed that a first person view will be added and the closer view requires more than a simple graphics overhaul. Further previews talk about the increased pedestrian and animal populations plus a quick look at 30-player GTA Online matches.

October 31, 2014

On the heels of the San Andreas anniversary, Rockstar celebrates Halloween with a weekend of bonus RP & GTA$ plus discounts on various items of interest and a Snapmatic contest.

October 28, 2014

Details are revealed for exclusive content coming to the new-gen version of GTA V for returning players from the last-gen. New vehicles, side missions, and a Rail Gun are shown in screenshots.

Dodo flying over Del PerroMichael with Rail GunStock Car RacingCheval Marshall tearing up

October 23, 2014

Rockstar celebrates the 10th Anniversary of GTA San Andreas with a special event weekend for GTA online featuring discounts on green apparel and a snapmatic contest.

October 2, 2014

Another surprise DLC comes in the form of the Last Team Standing Update featuring new weapons, vehicles, clothing, jobs, and more!

September 17, 2014

On GTA V's first anniversary Rockstar releases numerous GTA V and GTA Online artworks as wallpapers.

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September 12, 2014

Rockstar confirms the release dates for the new-gen versions of Grand Theft Auto V. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will get it on November 18th and PC users will need to wait until January 27th, 2015.

August 19, 2014

Rockstar takes to the skies with the San Andreas Flight School Update for GTA Online. The update features access to three new aircraft and the Coquette Classic plus new Air Force clothing and jobs too.

July 1, 2014

Ammu-Nation sponsors the Independence Day Special which runs through half of July. 'merica!!!

June 17, 2014

Rockstar goes against mainstream corporate strategy and releases the unannounced "I'm Not a Hipster" Update.

June 9, 2014

During Sony's E3 event, Grand Theft Auto V was officially announced for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One with a Fall 2014 release.

May 13, 2014

The High Life Update is released providing high-end apartments and new jobs for GTA Online. Plus new vehicles, the Bullpup Rifle, and other items.

April 11, 2014

Adding to the Creator tools, Capture jobs can now be created. Choose to make Contend, GTA, Hold, or Raid styles of Capture.

March 4, 2014

The Business Update is released featuring new GTA Online jobs, a few high-end vehicles, two new weapons, and appropriate clothing.

February 13, 2014

Rockstar releases the Valentine's Day Massacre Special content. The 1920s gangster-themed pack features new GTA Online jobs, new outfits, Gusenberg Sweeper machine gun, and a classy Albany Roosevelt automobile.

February 4, 2014

A Social Club update increases the member limit for Crews. You can now have up to 1000 people in a user-created Crew!

December 24, 2013

Rockstar gets into the Christmas spirit with holiday themed clothing and even a snowday for GTA Online!

December 19, 2013

An additional (free!) mode called "Capture" is made available in GTA Online. Capture is about more than flags.

December 11, 2013

The first round of Creator tools are made available for GTA Online. Players are now able to create races and deathmatches. iGTA5

December 2, 2013

Wallpapers for Tracey and Simeon are released.

Tracey Chop

November 19, 2013

The first (free!) DLC for GTA V and GTA Online is released: The Beach Bum Update. The update features new vehicles, weapons, and plenty of online action.

GTA Beach Bum Update

October 29, 2013

Official artworks of Franklin and Chop are released as wallpapers.

Franklin Sniping Chop

October 28, 2013

Themes for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are made available. The iFruit App also comes to Android.

October 18, 2013

GTA V becomes available to download from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

October 1, 2013

Grand Theft Auto Online is made available but to unfortunate circumstances as players experience many bugs while trying to get online.

September 17, 2013

GTA V is released!

September 16, 2013

Rockstar releases free apps for iFruit and the full game manual. Later in the day reviews for GTA V are posted by various media outlets.

September 13, 2013

Rockstar posts a Midnight Release Locator for North America and the UK. Later in the day the Official GTA V Website is updated and the final portions of the travelogue are made available. New screenshots and an artwork are also released.

Having a bad dayDat SkylineNot the best hiding placeThe Hunt

September 12, 2013

Rockstar launches - a fictional website crossed over into the real world. Businesses from GTA V offer discounts to their "stalkers" (via Social Club log in) that can be redeemed in the game.

Along with an interview of Dan Houser, Polygon is given a new artwork of Chop to show us - a very large artwork too.


September 11, 2013

Game Informer posts their own GTA Online preview. A little more detail is learned about GTA V's multiplayer aspect.

September 9, 2013

Each GTA fansite is given an exclusive screenshot to share with their visitors. A scavenger hunt ensues to find all of the new screenshots.

Military chopper

September 6, 2013

The official GTA V website is updated again with more information and screenshots. The official artwork for Lester is also released.

The beachNice carExplosionLester

September 5, 2013

With a unique announcement, the Epsilon Seminar winners are announced in a unique way as well through Cult Stoppers.

September 4, 2013

IGN posts the first hands-on preview of GTA Online. Needless to say we won't be disappointed.

September 3, 2013

We hit the two weeks until release mark and the first hands-on previews are finally posted. New screenshots are also shown by very lucky media outlets.

August 30, 2013

Rolling Stone and Pitchfork give out the first official details about GTA V's soundtrack and Rockstar fills in some other details including previews of radio stations.

August 29, 2013

The fourth trailer is released simply titled "The Official Trailer" since GTA V had gone gold a few days earlier.

August 24, 2013

Grand Theft Auto V is announced to have "gone gold" by Rockstar Games via comments on their newswire.

August 23, 2013

The official GTA V website is updated again with a few more content features unlocked. There are also 8 new official screenshots added to the gallery.

Nice sunsetVineyardsSailing awayMoon

August 20, 2013

It is announced that GTA V will be available as a Day 1 Digital release on the PS3 - and a couple days later GTA V pre-load information from the European PSN is hacked into to reveal plenty of audio information. Whoopsies.

August 16, 2013

The GTA 5 achievements (and similarly, the trophies) are posted by Many interesting things are learned. iGTA5

August 15, 2013

The Grand Theft Auto Online gameplay video is released. Minds are blown by the features GTAO will contain. Previews are also released by gaming media.

August 13, 2013

The official GTA V website is updated - and essentially launched - with new screenshots and features about life in Los Santos & Blaine County.

Smash and grabClean getawayOutrun the coppersCuban 800

July 31, 2013

The American ESRB rates Grand Theft Auto V Mature which comes as a surprise to nobody. The Australian Classification Board also rates the unedited GTA V R18+.

July 29, 2013

Rockstar releases 12 new screenshots under the title "The Fast Life".

Franklin skull helmetBurning PlaneMichael shootingTrevor on Quad

July 9, 2013

The first official GTA V Gameplay Trailer was released. We have 143 screencaps created from the trailer.

Soon afterward Game Informer released two new GTA V articles. The first article is all about Customization, where discussions about guns and cars come into play. The second article was about Combat and Cover, and how they improved each by using ideas from past games to help evolve the combat from GTA IV.

Media outlets also released 15 new screenshots.

July 2, 2013

Rockstar came out with a Q&A session titled 'GTA V: Asked & Answered' giving away important and interesting information like:
  • The 360 edition will use two disks, but fortunately the first disk will only be used for a mandatory install (8 GB) and won't be needed again unless to reinstall.
  • The PS3 version only has one disk, and will also have an 8 GB mandatory install.
  • They say that they will release the first Official Gameplay Video soon.
  • As of right now they still have no info for us about a PC version, and are currently "completely focused on delivering the best possible experience for the consoles people have right now."

Rockstar then released two official wallpapers featuring Lamar and Jimmy which you may have seen previously from GTA V previews.
Lamar Tracey and Jimmy

June 26, 2013

Brady Games has opened up pre-orders for the official Grand Theft Auto V Strategy Guide. Also Gamestop announced that they will be giving away free posters for those who pre-order Grand Theft Auto V from them. The poster features the cover art and heist planning artwork.

June 11, 2013

At this years E3 Sony announced they will be selling an exclusive GTA V bundle containing both the game and a Playstation 3 Slim. They will also be selling an exclusive $179 Grand Theft Auto V Pulse Elite Headset.

Rockstar then released the 9 screenshots seen at Sony's E3 press event.
SpeedophiliaScuba TrevorSabre GT chaseFuck tha police

May 23, 2013

Rockstar announced the GTA V Special Edition and Collector's Edition are available for pre-order.

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May 16, 2013

Rockstar released one new screenshot, and three high quality versions of screens seen in past previews.


May 13, 2013

The three new artworks that were used placeholders for the third trailers are released.

Michael, Franklin, TrevorMichaelFranklinTrevor

May 7, 2013

Twelve additional screenshots are released.


May 2, 2013

The second wave of previews hits the internet. Much more is learned about gameplay and heists. Another 24 screenshots found in the previews are officially released the next day. Additional artworks were also shown in some previews.

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April 30, 2013

Rockstar releases a trio of trailers featuring each protagonist. All three are together in the video below.

April 29, 2013

On the anniversary of GTA IV's release, a contest begins to put yourself in GTA V as an Epsilon member.

GTA 5 Epsilon Seminar

April 2, 2013

While watching a mural in NYC get painted, Rockstar releases the official cover art for GTA V.

GTA 5 Box Art

March 27, 2013

After nearly two months of silence, Rockstar released 10 new screenshots.

Lightning striking againAnother sunset in Los SantosExploring the bottom of the seaDiving out mid-flight

January 31, 2013

Rockstar announced the official release date would be September 17, 2013.

Release Date: September 17th

January 4, 2013

The day started with the release of 4 official artworks for download seen previously in promotional posters including Franklin & Chop and Michael in front of the Vinewood sign.

The TrunkVinewoodStop and FriskFranklin and Chop

Rockstar released full versions of all previously released screenshots featured in previews. There were two additional ones never digitally released.

Official GTA V Screenshot 18Official GTA V Screenshot 19

December 24, 2012

As a Christmas Eve present, Rockstar published 5 new screenshots.

Official GTA V Screenshot 13Official GTA V Screenshot 14Official GTA V Screenshot 15
Official GTA V Screenshot 16Official GTA V Screenshot 17

November 30, 2012

Rockstar Games releases the Trevor artwork for download.

GTA Artwork 'Trevor'

November 14, 2012

The second trailer for Grand Theft Auto V is released. Plenty of action in this one.

November 13, 2012

While a trailer countdown is added in place of the future trailer, Rockstar released the artwork used for Game Informer's cover for download.

GTA Artwork 'Trevor, Franklin, Michael'

November 12-16, 2012

Starting on Monday the 12th, previews from other gaming media including IGN and many from Europe are released. Some new information is learned and plenty of new screenshots make their way online throughout the week. A few interviews are posted as well. On Friday the 16th both Game Informer and IGN post Q&A articles to breakdown their previews and interviews into some simpler points. iGTA5

November 8, 2012

Game Informer releases the first preview of Grand Theft Auto V. A lot of information is spilled including what makes GTA V so special. Plenty of cool screenshots are shown too.

Game Informer GTA 5 CoverGTA 5

November 5, 2012

Rockstar announces the second trailer will be released on November 14th, and also starts allowing pre-orders of Grand Theft Auto V to begin. The 'Beach Weather' artwork was updated as well.

Second Trailer Announced GTA Artwork 'Beach Weather'

October 30, 2012

Rockstar confirms Grand Theft Auto V will release in Spring 2013 among other minor information. A new artwork is shown as well, and other artworks from retail displays are posted on the internet.

GTA 5 Bikini Girl Spring 2013

October 24, 2012

Two months after the screenshots Rockstar Games releases the first official artwork for GTA 5 titled "Pest Control".

GTA 5 Official Artwork Pest Control

August 24, 2012

Rockstar released a final set of new screenshots for the week titled "Business".

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August 22, 2012

As promised, Rockstar Games released another three screenshots titled "Leisure".

Official GTA V Screenshot 6 Official GTA V Screenshot 7 Official GTA V Screenshot 8

August 20, 2012

Rockstar Games released a further three screenshots titled "Transport" with the promise of more later in the week.

Official GTA V Screenshot 3 Official GTA V Screenshot 4 Official GTA V Screenshot 5

July 12, 2012

Rockstar Games released their first 2 official GTA 5 screenshots in a Questions and Answers session on their Newswire.

Official GTA V Screenshot 1 Official GTA V Screenshot 2

March 22, 2012

IGN releases official information about Rockstar's new Crew system for multiplayer in Max Payne 3 and future titles including Grand Theft Auto V. iGTA5

November 3, 2011

Rockstar Games released a statement giving a small amount of detail about the game. They then launched the official website splash page.

November 2, 2011

November 2nd saw the launch of the First Official GTA V trailer. This showed off Los Santos, some of the countryside and a number of characters who may play important roles in the game.

October 25, 2011

On October 25th, Rockstar Games shocked the world with a surprise announcement on Twitter. They simply posted the hash tag #GTAV and linked to their official website which displayed the GTA V Logo and gave a date for the first official trailer.

GTA V Official Logo

Comments (74)

  • DARDYClanHD (Guest) May 09, 2013
    GTA V<3 comes out in 130 days its not that long now (-:.
  • amaan (Guest) March 31, 2013
    cool game
  • yaaay (Guest) January 31, 2013
    now we have wait for gta v long time but everybody will be glad to play it good job rockstar you best publisher
  • Some GTA fan who is p!ssed off (Guest) January 31, 2013
    Typical Rockstar. They do it with every bloody game! If Rockstar employees are always this late, it will be a mystery on how they keep their jobs.
  • Jayson (Guest) January 08, 2013
    I've been waiting for this game for a long time, and spring is coming up faster than I thought it would. I'm hoping an official, specific release date will come soon. Grand Theft Auto 5 is going to be a big one.
  • TreeFitty (Guest) January 05, 2013
    Well this needed a month of updates...
  • nmgvdni87yfd (Guest) October 16, 2012
    I think it WONT come out in 2012 because the demo that was show will mean it might still be testing
  • TreeFitty (Guest) August 27, 2012
    You're obviously new to the Rockstar Games realm.
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