|Big Ecco News from DARK SEA!
||[Apr. 11th, 2008|12:39 am]
City of Forever
Hello to all visitors of City of Forever. :) I'm Epicenter, admin of DARK SEA, the last major repository of Ecco information and material on this great big internet of ours.
I'd like to make this announcement to anyone out there interested in Ecco! It's been said Ecco as its internet fanbase appears to have dimished. Well, I come to you today with some very good news.
In the past, the Ecco community has been divided by unnecessary conflicts between sites and forums, giving fans of this classic game series no real place to call home. DARK SEA is my effort to change that-- by bringing all Ecco-related content under one roof in a stable and permanent format. I see myself as a digital archaeologist, and Ecco is my subject of study. I and many other devoted contributors are investing countless hours into this project.
DARK SEA represents a permanent internet repository of all available Ecco material and is constantly growing. At present the site contains documentation of the games themselves, their story, and exclusive interviews I and others have conducted with the original Ecco Team at Novotrade, music from the Ecco games, the soundtracks from the Ecco games painstakingly recorded from the original Genesis and Game Gear hardware, original CD rips, including forthcoming lossless copies, of the CD games' music, all the games' CG videos, ROMs/ISO images of every Ecco game for you to play, sonar maps of Ecco stages (as well as cheat codes) in the Strategy section, and what I think is DARK SEA's crown jewel-- the prototype documentation section.
Most of you probably know of, or have heard of, the Ecco 2 "prototype" or "beta" version for Genesis/MegaDrive. This was an early unfinished version of the game that showed off many never-before-seen aspects of its design. Well, through cooperation with Drx of Hidden Palace, DARK SEA is working to research and release *35* new Ecco prototype versions from different versions of Ecco II and Ecco Jr. We have already released the first, designated "X11", with a build date of April 13, 1994. Full documentation and a downloadable version are available now. We've picked apart every level, found nearly every visible difference under the sun and new discoveries are still being made daily.
The site is growing and expanding everyday, but not just through my own efforts-- I've received large amounts of assistance from many individuals, in what remains of the Ecco community-- these individuals include Tails151, Moduvator, Arkonviox, TailChao, Mecheon, Morpheus, BlueGlass, RebelDolphin, Trilobite, Jes, Kacen, Kristozofia, and many more. I'm also working with Arkonviox to incorporate all content from the former Arkonviox.com into DARK SEA. He is also volunteering his time to help set up an effective forum/chat system, and restoration of the former Arkonviox forums is being attempted for archival purposes.
I invite everyone interested to come take a look, peruse our documentation, download our media, leave comments and contribute in any way they see fit to help form this new Ecco community.
You can find us at: http://www.ecco-darksea.com
I hope to see you there!