Tides of Time: The Uncertain Future of Ecco the Dolphin
Ecco Creator Ed Annunziata talks about his inspiration for the undersea classic, and his goals to bring The Big Blue to the modern era.
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So great to see the creator of the original Ecco games and hear him talk.
I didn't know about the Kickstarter project but, even if I did, I don't know if I would have donated. Even after hearing his description and seeing the preview, I have no idea what this game would be.
Would it be available for PC or just portable devices?
Why did he express an interest in helping people to become more aware about the impact they're having on the Earth while having the game set in a future where the negative impact of humans ultimately produced a positive result?
Anyway .. I'll be looking forward to playing Little Blue to see what he has in mind (assuming it'll be available for PC).
Thank you for doing this interview!
PS: If I were rich, I would've donated simply because he's the creator of the original Ecco games.
PPS: I wish he could get the rights to create an Ecco sequel.
This literally almost brought me to tears watching this. I love the Ecco the Dolphin series. The Sega CD (Definitive) versions, the soundtracks are mesmerizing. I have them on my iPhone and always listen to them. The Dreamcast version, blew me away at the time and still does to this day. One question though, what is the name of the music playing in this video? It sounds like Carbon Based Lifeforms. I just hope this game makes it's way to consoles instead of the iPhone/Pad.
I would love to see more games that strive to create the sensation of being an animal, that take us into that alien realm of experience.
omg i remember playing this game and there was a glitch i forgot where but it always froze the game haha good times
Can't believe we live in a world where an Ecco the Dolphin needs a kick starter but CODs sell like hot cakes...
I remember playing these games back in the day. Would love to see how they would play with todays technology.
I remember the part where you have to swim through a DNA looking thing, it was a great game still have great memories when i beat it with my brother last area was a pain.
Ha. Nostalgia. I STILL have this, and actually popped it in last year for laughs. When I think of my Sega Gensis, this is definitely one of the games I think about. I'd love a remake haha..
Just make it an adventure game. Wonderous, beautiful, huge, vivid, detailed, and alive.
Ecco: The Dolphin.
Seriously, can we please get an awesome remake of Ecco?! Just remake and redo the 2D version and then make a 3D game to come along with it.
I would love a true next gen Echo game. The one on the Dreamcast looked AMAZING for its time. Imagine what could be done now.
I'm not too into his vision for the future though, that happens to have dolphins in.
A true echo game though? Of course!!!
Would also love a new Panzer Dragoon
Yes! Very interesting game that was, and it had very interesting graphics as well. Both my daughter and I play it on the Sonic Ultimate Sega collection disc all of the time. The new game could could make good use of the next gen power
very well done vid! good idea shooting it at the sf aquarium, it's near to impossible for footage of jellyfish to make anyone bored XD
I ADORE Ecco! Haven't played Defender of the Future (though it looked very interesting and clearly followed in the same unnerving weirdness as its predecessors), but the first two games are great. You never forget your first foray into 'Welcome to the Machine' (swiftly followed by your second, then your tenth, then your twentieth...)
Ecco is a classic now? Doesn't a "Classic" have to be universally praised by critics and consumers alike to actually be a classic? Because that game wasn't that.
You know, in a million years, dolphins would not be the same species we call dolphins, they actually might walk on land, or have wings, but the end result won't be dolphins. It's too bad the kickstarter didn't make it. The advertising was missing from this crowd funding, I didn't even know until today this was going on, big mistake. Well, best of luck to them, maybe Sony can fund it, they funded Journey, and look how great that game is.
Great reporting! Excellent filming and it's awesome to hear from someone responsible for creating one of gaming's legends. Inspiring! I hope his work flourishes. Thanks Gamespot!
Making a good video game is hard enough, making one about a dolphin seems like it would be even tougher.(although he does have something to go off of) Kudos to him if he can pull it off.
Euh ... man I thought that game was a relic from the past and I'm surprise they ever thought of bringing it back ... this is something that I find wierd this gen ... we don't need a reboot or a HD version of everything made in the past ...
@lostn As far I know, he did not work on the Dreamcast game. The people who created the Dreamcast game clearly tried to capture the spirit of his two Ecco games though.
@Chris_Watters Seeing a new perspective is always a satisfying experience. And the world of the mundane to one person is an absolute mystery to others. Game designers should always test the boundaries of what becomes familiar and alien when they are creating or revitalizing an idea. Ecco has always been a new experience, and I look forwards to seeing what they can do with it with modern graphics.
@jazilla No, a classic doesn't always need to have everyone's approval. Speaking as a long time fan, Ecco had it's flaws, the two biggest being that the level design had an annoying tendency to resort to mazes and there were far to many enemies in certain stages, but it was unique and largely well made, not to mention it has a pretty large fan base.
So for all intents and purposes it is a classic.
@Ryuuken27Great White sharks have remained the same for over a million years. Bottlenose dolphins could too. Currently they are being poisoned badly by humans though, so they, like millions of other species, may go extinct before they can further evolve.
Interesting side note: In Ecco: Tides of Time, the dolphins of the future have evolved to have the ability to fly (among other things).
@rocketsatdawn To be honest I don't think it's going to work, I love ecco and would like to see a return, but I don't think enough people aside from the fans do.
They really should have stirred up some hype before just going for crowd funding.
@Coco_pierrot Well, I kinda agree with you there. I mean, I Iike reboots because they keep my childhood favorites alive and available on newer systems. But It does kinda bug me when there are nothing but reboots for a certain time period. For me an Echo game refit into a new game sounds interesting to me, because it's the only game I know where I play a marine sea creature as a main character and if they adapt the title right, can be a very refreshing game than what we've been playing.
@penpusher I think the term "classic" should be reserved for those games that are universally praised. When my friends and I talk about classic games, Ecco doesn't even come up in the discussion. Games like Perfect Dark 64 and Zelda and Tomb Raider and Resident Evil and Super Mario Bros. come up in convos though. Those are classics.
@BeKindXII I was just being fictitious about it. Who knows when the next ice age is going to hit the planet, or what will happen when the poles shift position, what kind of hell it's going to create. A lot of animals on land are going to become extinct, that's for damn sure.
@Rizer Yeah you are right that it will be refreshing in this FPS plagued world even if it is the second reboot
@jazilla All I can say to that is that it's a good job that what you think, and what actually is, are two very different things. Just because you personally don't think it is a classic, doesn't mean it isn't.
When I think about SEGA, I think about Sonic, Ecco, Panzer Dragoon, Jet Set Radio - So yeah, it is a classic to me.
Maybe one of the most iconic SEGA franchises!
Shenmue also wasn't praised or even experienced by many - still it is a classic SEGA game for it pretty much sums up what the Dreamcast was all about and perfectly reflects the console's ambitious nature!