The team behind the original Ecco the Dolphin is attempting to fund a spiritual sequel using Kickstarter.

Ed Annunziata — who created Ecco — is the man behind the aquatic venture, which is entitled The Big Blue. The campaign is seeking $665,000 to cover the costs of development, and has raised (at the time of writing) just over $300. It has 34 days to meet its target. Should all go according to plan, the final game will launch on April 22, 2014.

The original Ecco the Dolphin launched on the Sega Genesis back in 1992. It was followed by a 16-bit sequel called Ecco: The Tides of Time. Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future hit the Sega Dreamcast a few years later, in 2000. A second Dreamcast game — Ecco the Dolphin 2: Sentinels of the Universe — was cancelled during development. There was also an entry on the Sega Game Gear by the name of Ecco Jr.

Although it's being developed with Mac, Windows, and iOS and Android initially, Annunziata is insistent that the game will come to other platforms:

Once we are done with the first version of the game I will convince Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo to embrace the game. We want the Big Blue everywhere.

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