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Ecco The Dolphin Creator Leaps Into The Big Blue

Ed Annunziata wants the money to make the spiritual successor to Ecco.
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Ed Annunziata is looking to make a new title called The Big Blue for PC, Mac, iOS and Android platforms.  The new game would be based around his classic Genesis game Ecco The Dolphin.

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Annunziata is seeking $665,000 for the project, which will pay for 10 people, including Annunziata, to work on the game full-time for a year. The team includes Ecco sound designer Spencer Nilsen, The Walking Dead TV series composer Bear McCreary and Star Wars designer Jon Berg. 

“Our game will deal with themes such as climate change, mass extinction, predation, evolution and biogenesis,” says Annunziata in the game’s pitch video. . “Ultimately, the game poses the Gaia theory, that the Earth itself is a living organism.”

The idea is that humans have gone extinct on Earth, allowing dolphin’s to evolve under the water.  They’re eventually able to communicate over long distances, control schools of animals and even create whole new organisms using their songs.

While the main pitch of the game is for a single-player experience, extra funding beyond the team’s initial target will expand the game out. “If we exceed our goal by 50 per cent the game will get multiplayer, cooperative game play,” Annunziata detailed . “Players will be able to share environments, creatures, and complete quests as teams.”

“If we reach two times our goal we will be able make the Big Blue an MMO,” he added. “If you have played the game Eve Online, think of an aquatic version of that game and you’d have a good idea how the Big Blue Online will work.” 

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