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Sega unveils Cube-exclusive platformer

Sonic Team's first original character-based platformer since the Saturn

Sega of America has announced a new, GameCube-exclusive title called Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, currently in development at Sonic Team under the direction of Sonic creator Yuji Naka. It's the first new platform game and character from Yuji Naka and Sonic Team since the Saturn era, Sega tells us.

Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg is the story of a young boy on a quest to save a once magical kingdom from the clutches of an evil King, who threatens to rule with an everlasting night. Gamers will learn to use the powers of a legendary suit and control magical eggs to restore light to the kingdom. Hardly "all-new" then.

Described as a vibrant, lightning fast 3D platformer (which is undoubtedly Sonic Team's speciality), Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg has players hatching dozens of magical creatures as they explore themed, carnival-esque environments. As you might expect, there will be puzzles to solve, enemies to defeat and ability-enhancing eggs to hatch.

Happily, the game is due out from Sega in Europe during the fourth quarter of 2003.