Ed Annunziata

Ecco the Dolphin’s creative team heads to Kickstarter for The Big Blue

Ecco the Dolphin’s creative team heads to Kickstarter for The Big Blue

Ed Annunziata created Ecco the Dolphin for the SEGA Genesis in 1992. Now, he's come to Kickstarter in hopes of funding a spiritual successor, The Big Blue, which he hopes to release in April 2014 for iOS, Android, PC and Mac, should the game reach its funding goal of $665,000.

The game will explore an ocean world and ecosystem that has come into existence after the extinction of humans, and how the underwater environment could evolve - dolphins, for example, can sing, and their songs will have the ability to compose DNA.

There are also sea monsters that “make blue whales of today look like minnows,” sea-dragons, and parasitic life evolved from plastic waste. Creatures will be designed by Jon Berg, who designed the Ithorians and AT-AT walkers from Star Wars.

The original composer for Ecco the Dolphin, Spencer Nilsen, will provide the score for the game, collaborating with Bear McCreary, who you may recognize as the composer behind AMC's The Walking Dead, and SyFy's Battlestar Galactica. “Spencer Nilsen's groundbreaking videogame scores not only changed the industry, but also my idea of what videogame music could be when I was a kid,” McCreary wrote on the Kickstarter page.

To give you an idea of what that could feel like, here's the theme from The Walking Dead:

And here's the opening for Ecco the Dolphin:

The game will explore the theme of life and creation, as well as current, topical issues like climate change and pollution. Game play will center around exploration, and players will be able to use creature cards to use creatures in the game. These cards can also be traded amongst players, and each one will have a different level of scarcity to it.

If you want to get an idea of what you're backing before you contribute, Annunziata has posted what he cautions is a “VERY early prototype.” You can check it out and play for awhile, if you're so inclined.

The Kickstarter for The Big Blue ends April 29.