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'Ecco The Dolphin' Creator In Talks with Sega Over New Installment in the Franchise

NJShadow

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For those of you who are fans of the 'Ecco The Dolphin' series, and I know there's definitely a few of you, word straight from Ed Annunziata (the creator) indicate that a new 'Ecco' title is indeed in the early stages of development, and that he now has a golden ticket for talks with Sega.

"Ecco fans, I need you to follow & tweethank @scottfoe, he convinced SEGA to meet with me now chances of a new Ecco the Dolphin x100!"

https://twitter.com/edannunziata/status/248510239341703168



This was probably some of the most phenomenal news that I've heard in quite some time, as a longtime fan of the series. 'Ecco' is most remembered for having challenging gameplay, unique puzzles via underwater labyrinths, gorgeous visuals, and, in my opinion, some of the most beautiful video game music to ever grace a console. The sometimes eerie atmosphere was even scary at times, for many folks.

So as most can probably tell, I'm "all-in" at this point, and will be supporting any endeavor to get a new installment on a current-gen or next-gen system. If that series looked good on the Dreamcast and PS2, just imagine what Sega will be able to do with today's hardware, given the team behind cares enough (which it seems like they do).

Ed was even nice enough to show some very early scribbles on his marker board. This has me hopeful, and super excited, to say the least.

"It's nice to see BAD dolphin doodles on my office white board again!"



So what do you guys think? Can our fine-finned hero make a comeback? How about the potential for a 1080p seascape? What are your thoughts on the series? Got some love for 'Ecco The Dolphin'? Show it! It can't hurt. ;)

UPDATE: Spencer Nilsen is officially on-board for the soundtrack.

Thanks to Mista Koo for the screen grab.

 

Seraphis Cain

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The best we can hope for out of this is either:

A. Re-release of the Dreamcast game on PSN/XBLA/Steam

or

B. A mobile/social/Facebook game

A year or two ago I would have thought differently, but with Sega in the state that it's in now...yeah.
 

eXistor

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Fuck yeah Ecco the Dolphin! I hope we'll get a full-blown sequel, none of this iOS, mobile nonsense. Ecco deserves better than that.
 

NJShadow

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Only if Spencer Nilsen does the OST.
I'd be completely content with a soundtrack composed by Attila Dobos, András Magyari, David Javelosa and Andy Armer. They did the soundtrack for the Genesis version of 'Ecco: Tides of Time', and that just blew me away.

To name a few...

Main Title - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxV1ya3mvU0&feature=BFa&list=PLF7E0C44BA8047BEA

Fin to Feather - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJQzxFPO6II

Aqua Tubeway - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3hWECo9d7o&feature=BFa&list=PLF7E0C44BA8047BEA

Time Travel - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5nNwKmO2_Y&feature=relmfu

The team behind 'Ecco Defender of The Future', Tim Follin and Attila Heger, did a brilliant job as well. Didn't get to experience Spencer Nilsen's tunes, since I didn't own the CD version, but what from what I'm hearing on YouTube, that sounds pretty awesome as well.
 

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I would say we need another 3D ecco like on the dreamcast but no, 2.5D with amazing realistic dolphin shaders please.
 

Dictator93

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I would say we need another 3D ecco like on the dreamcast but no, 2.5D with amazing realistic dolphin shaders please.
I am personally hoping for an fps reboot along the lines of syndicate. I can only hope they do not forget the lens flare.

Awesome news.
 

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I'd be completely content with a soundtrack composed by Attila Dobos, András Magyari, David Javelosa and Andy Armer. They did the soundtrack for the Genesis version of 'Ecco: Tides of Time', and that just blew me away.

Main Title - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxV1ya3mvU0&feature=BFa&list=PLF7E0C44BA8047BEA

Fin to Feather - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJQzxFPO6II

Aqua Tubeway - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3hWECo9d7o&feature=BFa&list=PLF7E0C44BA8047BEA

Time Travel - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5nNwKmO2_Y&feature=relmfu

To name a few...

The team behind 'EccoL Defender of The Future', Tim Follin and Attila Heger, did a brilliant job as well. Didn't get to experience Spencer Nilsen's tunes, since I didn't own the CD version, but what from what I'm hearing on YouTube, that sounds pretty awesome as well.
'Time Travel' is the same song from the original Genesis soundtrack. And while I prefer the soundtrack of the first Genesis version you're definitely right, Tides of Time had great tunes as well.

I even prefer these to the much-loved Sega CD soundtrack. WHAT WHAT
 

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I'd be completely content with a soundtrack composed by Attila Dobos, András Magyari, David Javelosa and Andy Armer. They did the soundtrack for the Genesis version of 'Ecco: Tides of Time', and that just blew me away.
A Genesis Ecco music post without Welcome to the Machine or Tube of Medusa? Heresy.

Speaking of the Machine, sign me up with the people who'd like to get traumatized again with a new Ecco game.
 

Bboy AJ

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One of my favorite gaming memories when I was younger. I remember seeing the Ecco commercial on TV and just being fascinated that you could actually play as a dolphin. And the octopus. It blew my mind you were in an ocean.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB8z-56QnQA

Heh, check out the text on the bottom left.
 

NJShadow

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A Genesis Ecco music post without Welcome to the Machine or Tube of Medusa? Heresy.

Speaking of the Machine, sign me up with the people who'd like to get traumatized again with a new Ecco game.
I actually brought them up, but wasn't sure whether or not to include them. >.< I decided to go with the more "methodical" tunes, but I think 'Welcome to the Machine' falls into that category, so my apologies. (I'll probably edit and include them, because 'Tube of Medusa' was great. This was just a few hand-picked ones I loved.)
 

Schobeleth

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This... is amazing news. I still fondly remember the Ecco games. As a young lad, they really blew my mind with how deep they were.
 

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Ecco would look absolutely incredible with today's water graphics. Imagine the amazing environments that could be made. Especially if this goes next gen. The world needs more water levels!
 

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I'd love a new Ecco game, hopefully with music like the original genesis versions though.
Did anybody here finish DOF? I still feel bad for quitting.
 

ZealousD

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the Dreamcast game was beautiful but insanely laborious to play. It felt like a job
That's practically a hallmark of the series. Beautiful, yet punishing.

Me and my brother never could beat the original legitimately. I might jump in for a sequel if it doesn't break my balls.
 
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Love this series, but I'm worried about whether modern Sega can do it justice. I'd...krill to see a follow-up to DotF (Hanging Waters was the high point of the whole series for me), but I'll take a 2D/2.5D one if it's good.