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(Did you know the original developers of C had a literal bible containing all the lore and the design principles for the series? Did you know they used it to develop all the sequels the fans love? And do you think any of this is sacred to the mobile game? Hell no it ain They probably didn look at the thing. They most likely don even have it. I wouldn be surprised if half the team doesn even know such a thing even exists.)

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