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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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24. January 2014

It's time for a special announcement, my friends!

I am excited that the Caverns of Hope Admin team has a new awesome member! Starting today, our good friend Benjamin will be contributing directly to Caverns of Hope. Many of you know Benjamin already from the Fan Corner and the various interactive parts, such as the Facebook Page, Twitter and especially our Livestream sessions. Personally, I've been knowing and talking to Benjamin for a much longer time already. During that time we've become close friends, and we recognized we share the same vision about Ecco the Dolphin and the fan community. That is why I'm happy to say that Benjamin will take important roles in every part of COH, not only the main site, but also on Facebook, Twitter and Twitch.

Good times are coming ahead, and I'm proud to have Benjamin help me out from now! Caverns of Hope will be changing a lot in the coming months. Together, we will change COH to make it a much better place to browse, while the interactive parts will surely continue to flourish.

And now for some words by our new team member himself!

-Klaimen

Many of you know me through different nicknames in the community: Ebon_blade on Twitter, J_cdenton on Twitch.tv, some of you are even part of my friends on Facebook. For several years, I've been a proud member of the Ecco community where I've met a lot of great peoples who I could finally share my passion with, for a game that has really impacted my life deeply. It all started years ago on Dark-Sea where I could taste a bit of the Ecco community. Then came the joys of social networks. They allowed me to stay linked to people and get news in a more regular basis. Apart of Dark Sea, I've been a close follower of Caverns of Hope, probably the Ecco website I've been following the most. Twitter and Facebook allowed me to keep in touch with the latest updates. Then I decided I should participate a bit more by providing my own experience and by sharing my personal vision of this game. Eventually I started talking with Hauke and with time going we discovered our common vision for Ecco and shared a lot of things together about the game and the community. A close and solid friendship was born under the sign of the dolphin, another great thing which Ecco brought me.

A couple days ago, Hauke asked me to bring a bigger contribution to the community by joining the admin staff of Caverns of Hope. Something I'd have never expected at any moment in my Ecco fan life! Caverns of Hope is a reference as I've said, something big and great, a model to me. Now I'm part of it, I tend to imagine the task awaiting me: an exciting and thrilling one. But above everything I'm feeling honored and extremely proud to have received that task. I'll put all my strength to bring Caverns of Hope everything it need and to be worth the trust which has been put in me. And I can tell you already that great projects are coming.

One main goal I want to achieve as a newly appointed administrator for Caverns of hope will be this one: to show that our community is alive, dynamic and kicking, full with great and talented members. And of course to spread the wise word of our good friend Ecco around the Internet like we all do. As a community, we work hard to transmit his legacy to a new generation of players, hoping more and more people will finally dive into the Big Blue too and discover one of the most wonderfull video game to have ever existed in this world.

Altogether, we'll keep making Ecco swimming through the Tides of Time - until he finally frees himself from these and takes us again into the depths of the ocean, space and time. Until that moment arrives, we will wait, remember and expect in the Caverns of Hope.

-J.C. Denton

13. January 2014

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had some great holidays, and have had enough free time to play some Ecco at least once!

Talking about "Playing Ecco", let's quickly get to todays update: A new section part of the Fan Corner called "Fans On Air". Here we will feature people who play Ecco games on the internet in some way. Starting today, we'll feature people who stream live on internet broadcast services, such as Twitch or Livestream. We've prepared a page with live feeds to several people's channels, who frequently stream Ecco live. You can enter the "Fans On Air Livestream" section right from the main menu, for quick access, while you are browsing the website.

In the close future, we will add to the "Fans On Air" section with Let's Play and Longplay videos, a special section for Speedrunners, and some comedy as well!

Also planned soon-ish is a huge update to the glitches section. With the help of the Ecco speedrunning community, we will finally add glitches for the Mega Drive / Genesis Ecco games. We're also discussing how to set up leaderboards for speedrunning. Quite exciting times to be a speedrunner, you see? :-) Finally, we've found and received lots of new Ecco Fan Remixes, so expect an update to that very soon, too!

And now, why don't you check if someones streaming Ecco live?

-Klaimen

15. December 2013

Ecco the Dolphin 3D has been released on the Nintendo 3DS! You can grab it now from the Nintendo eShop for 5.99 USD or 4.49 EUR. This is probably the twelteenth port of the original Ecco the Dolphin, but apparently it's not one of the worst (Yes, I am looking at you, endlessly time travelling GBA port). Sure, most of us are still waiting for the ultimate port including both the chip and CD soundtracks, the 3D rendered videos from Tides of Time, the hires graphics from Ecco PC and the extra levels from the Mega CD and Japanese versions. But apparently we need to tell SEGA a couple times more, that all of these beautiful things would assemble to a penultimate version of Ecco. (That they are able to do it has been proven by the recent Sonic Mobile ports!).

Back on topic, the 3DS port of Ecco the Dolphin is actually going in the right direction. The game has been prepared to feature a very nifty 3D mode that gives the game some realistic looking depth, as I've been told. We don't want to talk too much about the Super Dolphin mode, since Ecco fans don't need THAT. But well, just so you heard about it, you can choose Invincibility from the menu now. More interestingly, you get to choose between the US/European and the Japanese versions, which do have several differences.

Benjamin has written a very thorough and detailled article about all the features of the 3DS port of Ecco the Dolphin. Check it out HERE! Thank you Benji, for spending your weekend to give Ecco fans the information the seek about this port! :-)

There's also an interview with the creators of the port, which is also highly recommended to read. Ryoichi Hasegawa, the original Japanese Localization Director, shares some memories from the time when they were working on the original Japanese port. Check the interview HERE!

Anyway, it's December I still have plenty material that I want to with you before the year ends. So stay tuned and check the site, Twitter and Facebook frequently for updates!

-Klaimen (That's Hauke's now established Nickname!)

10. September 2013

Ecco Fan Remix Update!

This is an update that I've been passionately working on the last couple of weeks. We've been talking to a lot of people, got a lot of help and support (special thanks to you, se2!), and now we've finally done it! We've almost doubled the amount of Ecco Fan Remixes, and we've crossed the 100-mark, gathering almost 500MB and more than 6 hours of awesome and super varied Music creations and compositions. The great thing, Ecco fans seem to really put all their heart into their creations, and the music is no exception!

Since the amount of music has grown so much, we've decided to make the download procedure a lot easier on you and on us. You can now finally download a full package with all the Ecco Fan Remixes, like I said, almost 500MB of material!

We're really happy about the creativeness that the Ecco community is showing, and the music always had a special place in our hearts! Don't be angry at us if you don't find your track in this collection, it most likely means that we just haven't found it yet! Instead, please submit it to us!! Please keep the tracks coming in, we just love these! And don't forget that the Fan Corner is also open for Articles, Artwork, Fanfiction and whatelse you can think of!

So go and download the Ecco Fan Remixes right now!! :D

-Hauke

8. September 2013

New Article and Fanfiction!

Finally there is a new update!! Hope you all had a great summer, I certainly did. I've been moving to a new place and I've had a great vacation to Switzerland! Now that the nights are getting longer again I'm ready to get back to work on COH finally again!

Today I have a nice update to the Fan Area with two great pieces of literature! First, Arkonviox has put together a nice article about Ecco the Orca! Arkon has been following my playthrough of the hack live on Twitch the other day, which proved to be very much fun actually! I'd recommend you all giving it a try yourselves, right after reading Arkon's article about it!
Second, Okura has submitted a great new fanfiction to us, being a crossover between Sonic the Hedgehog and Ecco the Dolphin. So far there are four chapters and they are a blast to read! Okura manages to capture the characters' nature really well, and boy is it exciting what Eggman attempts with the Vortex. Not gonna spoil anymore, just go read the story right now!

I'm currently preparing something big and I hoped I could finish it tonight. Unfortunately it takes a little longer to upload than I expected. So that will have to wait a little. But I can tell you, it SOUNDS awesome! You'll get it soon enough :D

Till then!

-Hauke

 

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