2015/05/28

ECCO the Dolphin - v0.100 (23-10-1998)(JUE)(GD-R)


General information
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Name.................................: Ecco The Dolphin
Version..............................: 0.100
Region...............................: JUE
Source...............................: GD-R
Developer............................: Appaloosa Interactive
Build date...........................: 23/10/1998
First retail release date............: 16/06/2000 (EU)


Release notes
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Here we have a very early preview of what would later be known as Ecco The Dolphin: Defender of The Future. At that point it was only know as Ecco The Dolphin, it didn't have a subtitle yet.

This is the same exact disc used at the E3 1998 expo held in Atlanta, Georgia, to showcase the [then] new 3D Ecco The Dolphin game that would be released almost two years later.

The disc plays five different stages in a row when booted up in a Dreamcast console and shows up to 4 minutes of each stage, with a total footage of 14 min. before starting over in loop. You can see a screen with the "Ecco the Dolphin" title and a "E3 Demo" note below when changing to the next stage. Interestingly, the stages look almost final in this version, so the level designs didn't change in the next two years of development.

Another interesting fact is that three out of the five stages shown play tracks by Attila Heger (whose tracks were not used in the final game) while the other two use Tim Follin's tracks (but they are placed in different parts compared to the final version). This is the earliest known time Tim Follin's tracks were used on the game, in 1998, whereas it was said that they were added very late on the development cycle of the game.


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