Ecco creator's Kickstarter fails

Ecco creator's Kickstarter fails

An early prototype of The Big Blue was made available on the Kickstarter page but showed little in the way of gameplay.

The man behind the classic Ecco the Dolphin has fallen short in his Kickstarter campaign to fund a spiritual successor to the title, The Big Blue.

Developer Ed Annuziata was seeking $665,000 but only managed to raise $55,764 before the clock ran down on the project. He does however remain undeterred by the setback and instead intends to make a smaller version of the game to help drum up more support for his vision.

Annuziata attributes the failure partly to the ambitious design of the project and argues that people will struggle to see how compelling the title will be.

'If you can play Little Blue and feel it you will have much less doubts about the Big Blue,' said Annuziata. 'I am absolutely certain that if you could try the game and see how beautiful and unique it will be, most people would not hesitate to back it.'

Little Blue will be the subject of a fresh Kickstarter campaign, albeit one with a much lower target. It will be less ambitious but fully playable and the campaign will boast a better prototype, written descriptions and examples to make it clearer to backers how the game will actually play.

Little Blue will be made available for free with a direct link to a planned third Kickstarter campaign to try and get The Big Blue funded a second time.

The Big Blue was initially described on its Kickstarter page as a massive adventure game featuring exploration, quests, 'action puzzle solving' and the collection and spawning of life forms. All creatures in the ocean were to be controllable and players could control multiple creatures at once using swarm mechanics.

A very early prototype playable in a browser was made available from the Kickstarter page and the final product was destined for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android, with Annuziata proclaiming that he would convince Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo to embrace the game once the first version was released.


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alpaca 30th April 2013, 13:34 Quote

Come on guys, if you talk about an internet-thing, include at least the link, no?
(yes I know it's a bit late, but hey)
lacuna 1st May 2013, 12:16 Quote
Did anybody actually like Ecco the Dolphin, or even get past level 2??
[USRF]Obiwan 1st May 2013, 13:22 Quote
It's not interesting enough I think. In other news Star Citizen raised 9 mil:
jb0 1st May 2013, 13:43 Quote
Originally Posted by lacuna
Did anybody actually like Ecco the Dolphin, or even get past level 2??

Enough people liked it that they made Ecco 2, Ecco Jr, and that 3D Ecco game on the Dreamcast.
I played it back in the day. I didn't "get it."
Which is to say I swam around lost in the caves until I got bored.
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