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The Big Blue, an underwater adventure game

A project in San Mateo, CA by Ed Annunziata

Funding Unsuccessful

The next generation, underwater, action/adventure game by the original Ecco the Dolphin team.
Backers: 867
Average Pledge Per Backer: $64

Funded: $55,764 of $665,000
Dates: Mar 25th -> Apr 29th (35 days)
Project By: Ed Annunziata
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Latest News

Kickstarter 2013: Broken records, broken hearts

December 31st - via:
Matt takes a look back at the year that was on Kickstarter: what got funded, what missed out, what was released, and what ran out of cash. (Read More)

The Big Blue becomes the Little Blue after fail...

May 6th - via:
ECCO the Dolphin creator Ed Annunziata is not yet ready to give up on his goal of his new underwater adventure game the Big Blue. Despite the project's flop on Kickstarter, where it only managed to raise $55,000 of its $665,000 goal, Annunziata still remains optimistic. (Read More)

Ecco creator's Kickstarter fails

April 30th - via:
Ecco creator's Kickstarter fails. Ecco creator Ed Annuziata's Kickstarter to fund ocean exploration title, The Big Blue, has failed. (Read More)

The Big Blue Kickstarter Creator Readies Plan B

April 29th - via:
The creator of Ecco the Dolphin isn't giving up on his plan to bring aquatic mammalian videogaming to the 21st century. (Read More)

Kickstarter Funding Unsuccessful for Ecco the Dolphin man Ed Annunziata

April 29th - via:
Ed Annunziata, the man who made Ecco the Dolphin, has been unsuccessful on Kickstarter. He had hoped to raise $665,000 to fund his new Ecco-style game The Big Blue, but he managed to attract just $55,764. He's not giving up though, he's downsizing his goal to make a smaller, cheaper version of the same game so you can play it and be convinced about what he's trying to make. (Read More)

The Big Blue Kickstarter's Plan B involves a new Kickstarter campaign

April 22nd - via:
A Plan B campaign has been outlined for Ecco the Dolphin creator Ed Annunziata's current Kickstarter campaign for a new underwater action adventure game called The Big Blue, according to the campaign's latest update. Plan B involves a new Kickstarter campaign with a smaller funding goal with rewards "at a finer granularity." If successfully funded, "a slice" of The Big Blue will be developed to give potential backers a better idea of the game's vision. (Read More)

Update this!

April 20th - via:
Plan BThe Big Blue is a big game and attempts to be unique and break new ground on multiple fronts. It’s an ambitious design and as a result requires a big budget to develop the right way. One of the problems we have is it is hard to get people to... (Read More)

Optional Update: About Me & You

April 15th - via:
My absolute favorite part of the Kickstarter movement is the potential of involving an interested community in the game development from day one.   In my experience it has always been me and a team of people, working in a vacuum and hoping for the... (Read More)

Gameplay: POV

April 15th - via:
Here is some more on gameplay. I will go into detail since many keep asking about the details. This may be a bit too much for some who aren’t that interested in the reasons for my decisions. But if you are interested, read on. I’ll try to answer... (Read More)

Kickstarter Katchup

April 14th - via:
Last weekend took on a life of its own, which is the sort of thing weekends should probably do more often, and I was stranded away from my trusty keyboard and therefore unable to type words about games that might exist at some point in the future. This was a sad thing. Fortunately, missing a week means that there are more winners than ever before and the bumper crop contains two games that I’ve played and enjoyed, at least three that I look forward to playing when they are released and a project that makes me realise how much I want to play with an Oculus Rift. (Read More)

The Kickstarter Compendium

April 9th - via:
Welcome to the Kickstarter Compendium, a gathering of games and game-related projects that we’ve come across that deserve your attention. The crowd-funding model for video games has resulted in some interesting new game ideas, and new projects are going up on a weekly basis that deserve your attention. (Read More)

Reward Update

April 3rd - via:
Based on backer and would be backer feedback we are adding the following rewards.  Note: If you already backed the Big Blue and the reward at your level changes you will get the additional rewards that have been added.   Please check out these new... (Read More)

Kickstarter Highlights

April 3rd - via:
The first in a series of occasional articles highlighting interesting game-related Kickstarter projects. (Read More)


April 2nd - via:
In an adventure game the player authors their own story based on their experiences and choices they make during the game. In the Big Blue major events will take place that drive the overall story arc. Here I will detail some of these events to give... (Read More)

A new Reward for the Big Blue!

April 1st - via:
The Ultimate Big Blue RewardTo stimulate backing of the Big Blue we are going to offer a new reward. For $20,000 or above we will over an actual LIVE dolphin.   You can keep it in your kiddie pool or bathtub.   They are easy to care for, just feed... (Read More)

Creature Features

March 29th - via:
Creatures The Big Blue will feature many different creatures, from dolphins to whales, to sharks, and many others. If you own a creature you may control it. Creatures, having different abilities are valuable in different gameplay contexts. Creatures... (Read More)


March 26th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Kickstarter Launches for The Big Blue from Ecco the Dolphin Creators

March 26th - via:
We totally flaked yesterday and forgot to mention this interesting Kickstarter promising a game from the folks behind the popular Sega series, Ecco the Dolphin. The game is called The Big Blue and it is being built by Ed Annunziata and former members of the Ecco the Dolphin development team including programmer Laszlo Szenttornyai and composer Spencer Nilsen. (Read More)

More on Game Play

March 25th - via:
A lot of people are asking for more details about Game Play.   Here I will be a little more specific about the game play of the big blue.   One important challenge is the nature of the inputs to the game: The Big Blue will have two modes of... (Read More)

Kickstarter campaign begins for a spiritual successor to Ecco the Dolphin (exclusive)

March 25th - via:
Ecco the Dolphin was a spectacularly innovative, nonviolent video game when it debuted on Sega’s game consoles starting in 1992. In that classic, a generation of gamers discovered the visual wonders of the ocean while playing as a jumping, spinning dolphin who battled sharks and sang to sea life. (Read More)

Ecco the Dolphin creator launches Kickstarter for spiritual successor, The Big Blue

March 25th - via:
The creative team behind Ecco the Dolphin is currently seeking $665,000 for a new underwater action adventure game called The Big Blue. In The Big Blue, players will explore, complete quests, collect and spawn life forms and solve puzzles. The video, which you can watch below, offers a brief look at gameplay and the game's overarching theme: life. (Read More)

Ecco the Dolphin creator launches Kickstarter for spiritual successor The Big Blue

March 25th - via:
The creator of Mega Drive classic Ecco The Dolphin has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a spiritual successor called The Big Blue. Ed Annunziata hopes to raise $665,000 (about £438,000) to fund his new aquatic adventure for PC, Mac, iOS and Android platforms. A release date of 22nd April 2014 is pencilled in. (Read More)

'Ecco the Dolphin' project heads to Kickstarter without Sega on board

March 25th - via:
Ed Annunziata was one of the game designers that defined the Sega Genesis. His games like Vectorman, X-Men, and Jurassic Park pushed Sega’s most successful hardware in exciting ways. His most enduring creation by far, though, is Ecco the Dolphin. Players in Ecco took control of the titular mammal and swam around solving puzzles, fighting octopuses, and trying to save the ocean from pollutants. The designer announced in September that he was reuniting with some of the team behind the original, and on Monday he opened a Kickstarter campaign to fund the game, now called The Big Blue. It appears, though, that while he tried to get Sega interested in the project, the publisher won’t be participating. (Read More)

'Big Blue' from Ecco the Dolphin team makes a splash on Kickstarter

March 25th - via:
Some of the original Ecco the Dolphin team are reuniting in the hopes they can create a new adventure game through Kickstarter funding. Big Blue is an oceanic adventure game set one million years in the future, in which players can control every creature in the game world – even many creatures at once. There will also be a breeding mechanic, necessary to complete certain quests. (Read More)

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