Developer Ed Annunziata has launched a Kickstarter project for The Big Blue, a spiritual successor to Novotrade's 16-bit Ecco the Dolphin series.

Annunziata, the creator of Ecco the Dolphin, has partnered with Ecco series composer Spencer Nilsen, and hopes to create an action-adventure game for Windows, Mac, and mobile platforms that focuses on sealife simulation. Set for launch in April of next year, The Big Blue will debut as a single-player game, though Annunziata notes that an MMO version will be produced if the project doubles its funding goal of $665,000.

Backers who pledge $25 or more will receive access to demo and prototype versions of The Big Blue during development, along with a downloadable copy of the game upon completion. Other backer awards include exclusive in-game creature cards, downloadable soundtracks, and character naming rights.