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Get to know Diggs Nightcrawler's gruff hero in developer diary

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Diggs Nightcrawler, the next Wonderbook game, stars a tough, wise-cracking bookworm detective whom you'll gradually form a relationship with, its developers said in a video released today.

Wonderbook is a PlayStation Move-fueled experience, and in Diggs Nightcrawler, you don't actually control the titular hero himself. In fact, he starts out as a gruff private eye who doesn't want anything to do with you. "Whaddya want, kid?" he asks.

"There's something about his demeanor and the way he talks to you — [a] self-amused, cruel superiority that lets you know he will outmatch on any level at anything you try to do," said William Joyce, creative partner at developer Moonbot Studios. Creative director Adam Volker added, "He's, like, the best gumshoe in all of Library City, and you've got to prove yourself."

Nightcrawler has been charged with the murder of his friend, Humpty Dumpty, and he's going to need your help to figure out the truth. According to lead animator Kevin Bradley, Nightcrawler will gradually open up to you and begin to appreciate your assistance.

Watch the developer diary above for more details, and check out our preview from Gamescom 2012 for an interview with Moonbot. Diggs Nightcrawler is set for release on PlayStation 3 next month in Europe, but won't be available in North America until this holiday season.