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Ecco the Dolphin, the fabulous game series running since 1992 is the main topic of this website. Here we will publish every single piece of Ecco-related information we can get, to keep the Ecco spirit alive as long as possible.

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3. October 2014

UPDATE 4. October 2014: We've added a FLAC Edition of Ecco PC that includes lossless audio versions of both soundtracks (MegaCD/SegaCD and MegaDrive/Genesis). The FLAC Edition is mostly for people who want to max out the audio experience to the limit. Turn up the volume and download the Ecco PC FLAC Edition!

Audiophile Soundtrack Update!

As promised, we replaced the MegaDrive/Genesis version of the Ecco the Dolphin soundtrack with The 16-bit Audiophile Project one. Go ahead and download the quality you desire. The soundtrack is available in MP3 format, CD quality FLAC and 96/24 FLAC versions.

The 16-bit Audiophile Project Ecco the Dolphin Release

We used this opportunity to also update the MegaCD/SegaCD and the official Songs of Time soundtracks with CD quality FLAC versions as download options. The following soundtracks have been updated:

BTW, I've written a short article about how I implemented the 16-bit Audiophile sound files into Ecco PC. Check it out here!

-Klaimen

30. September 2014

Happy Birthday and Ecco PC Fixed and Enhanced Edition Update v1.1!

Today, exactly 13 years ago I officially opened the Caverns of Hope website. I tend to get nostalgic around these days, thinking about what happened during all that time, how much has changed. But even with the lack of a new game during all this time, the Ecco community has stood strong and has been extremely creative and awesome. I am most happy about how many friendly people I have learned to know through Ecco the Dolphin. I want to thank you all for being so awesome and friendly, the Ecco community always feels like family to me. :)

To celebrate this day, we're releasing an update to our Ecco PC Fixed and Enhanced Edition. We're extremely proud and grateful to announce that the game new features a high quality soundtrack record of Ecco the Dolphin directly from MegaDrive/Genesis hardware by The 16bit Audiophile Project! These guys put a lot of heart and detail into their releases, and their Ecco recording makes Ecco PC sound like the original console version! But they did not only record the soundtrack, they also recorded all 65 sound effects on our request, in the same high quality. Your ears have no excuse anymore, they must listen to Ecco sound goodness! We want to send our greatest thanks to The 16bit Audiophile Project!

Here's the full v1.1 Update overview:

  • MegaDrive/Genesis soundtrack and sound effects upgrade with recordings by The 16bit Audiophile Project
  • Game Feature Addition: Mirror mode! Play the game horizontally mirrored (active from Launcher)
  • Game Feature Addition: Cheat Menu in the Launcher - only activated by the original Ecco PC cheat (you know where to look for that)
  • Multiple bug fixes (check the changelog.txt in the download)
  • PDF Manual got spell-checked and updated with information

Click to download the Ecco PC Fixed and Enhanced Edition v1.1!

Ecco PC Fixed and Enhanced Edition v1.1 Cover   The 16bit Audiophile Project Logo

Later this week we will replace the current Ecco the Dolphin MegaDrive/Genesis soundtrack with The 16bit Audiophile Project version, as well as the Sound Effects pack. You can download the soundtrack from their website already: Click here! We'll keep you updated about this! :)

-Klaimen

1. September 2014

UPDATE 16. September 2014: That was an awesome event, showing once again how amazing the Ecco community is. KC put up a terrific show and we had a brilliant time in the IRC chatroom and on Twitter. Thanks to everyone who participated, we'll continue to bring you Ecco live events on Hitbox, and of course don't forget to get your fix of SEGA music and live shows at RadioSEGA!
For those who missed the show, you can download the podcast version from the following link: bit.ly/rstop40-ecco.

UPDATE 15. September 2014: The show goes live tonight at 7pm UTC! Don't miss it!! We'll all be there! You can take part in the show on these places:

Seeya there, everybody!

Ecco the Dolphin has won the RadioSEGA Character Battle 2014! And even better, the prize is something that you can help shape!

RadioSEGA Top40 Countdown Ecco Edition Cover

Earlier this year, RadioSEGA organized a battle between various SEGA characters! Not least thanks to the Ecco community, our hero has battled his way to the top position and gets treated with a special live show in the Top 40 Countdown series! On 15. September 2014 7pm UTC our friend KC will play the 40 most famous Ecco music tracks from all games, and you can help decide them!
A public poll with Ecco the Dolphin music tracks is now online, featuring a list of tracks selected by COH and Ecco community members. Choose your 20 favorite Ecco songs from the list and raise the chance for them to appear in the show (if your favorite track does not appear in the list, you can enter it in a text field at the bottom of the poll)! The poll closes on Saturday, 13. September, 12pm (midnight) giving you about two weeks to make your choices.

Enter your votes now: What Are Your 20 Favourite Tracks?
Read the blog post on RadioSEGA: RSTop40 Is Going Underwater!
Listen to RadioSEGA's live stream: Tune in!

To listen to Ecco music: You know where to go!

Mark the date in your calendars: 15. September 2014 7pm UTC and spread the word! We want many Ecco fans to participate in the show. Talk to other listeners and Ecco music fans during the show via Twitter (Hashtag #RSTop40), Facebook and the RadioSEGA IRC channel.

We're looking forward to listen to the best Ecco music together with you! What do you think, which track will be #1...?

-Klaimen

18. May 2014

UPDATE: RadioSEGA interviewed us about the project, starting their "True Fan Hack Stories" series. Read the interview here: RadioSEGA True Fan Hack Stories - Ecco PC Fixed and Enhanced Edition.

Ecco PC Fixed and Enhanced Edition Release!

Ecco PC Fixed and Enhanced Edition Cover

Being possibly the biggest thing happening to Ecco this year, we're releasing a Fixed and Enhanced Edition of the SEGA PC version of Ecco the Dolphin. Phew, that's a long title. Ecco PC, for short, has stopped working completely on Windows 8, and it was barely playable on Windows 7, if at all. That's why we are really happy that Sebastian (nicked "Korama" in this release) returned and not only fixed the game, but also added lots of great features, making it an awesome experience of playing the original Ecco the Dolphin. I don't want to babble too long in this newspost, instead I'll use this chance to thank Sebastian again for dedicating so much time and effort to create this. It's really well appreciated in the Ecco community, and we hope that it will attract many more gamers to introduce them to the world of Ecco the Dolphin!

Now go download that thing already: Ecco PC Fixed and Enhanced Edition Page

-Klaimen

11. May 2014

We got some great news - Sebastian has returned and he's bringing lots of awesome Ecco goodies for us to play with again! Starting today, he's giving us an updated version of his "Password Tool"! It can now identify and generate passwords for all versions of Ecco the Dolphin (Mega Drive EU/US, JP and Mega CD), as well as Ecco Tides of Time! Also, it contains an immense documentation about all the information that is saved inside the 8-letter encrypted passwords.

Ecco Password Tool Screenshot

To give you a tease, here's some of what's stored inside the passwords what you may not have known:

  • Information about passed play time
  • The collected globe color from Dark Water
  • A lives counter that is never used in the game, since you get unlimited lives
  • If you've been cheating with the Debug Screen
    to quote Sebastian: "Cheaters won't get the final password (The Last Fight)" [in Ecco 1]

Definitely check out Sebastian's updated password tool: Download here!

To build up on that, Sebastian is also working on an Ecco PC hack that makes the game playable in modern Windows versions up to 8.1 and 64-bit. Additionally the hack will allow for multiple improvements of the original game. Among others, the game can now play the CD soundtrack from MP3/WAV files, add the full range of sound effects, as well as some graphical improvements.
The enhanced Ecco PC version will be available from COH very soon!

-Klaimen

 

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