North American cover.

Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future is the first, and currently only, game in the Defender of the Future universe and was intended as a reboot of the Ecco the Dolphin franchise. It was originally developed for the Sega Dreamcast, and later ported to the Sony Playstation 2 with some bonuses. A Dreamcast sequel was in development but cancelled.


In the past an aggressive alien race called The Foe had engaged in armed conflict with the inhabitants of Earth. Back then, they were defeated by the combined force of humans and dolphins working together to repel the invasion. Now, a new war is raging between the two. The Foe have a new objective this time, the destruction of the Guardian, a giant crystal that is the nucleus of the Earth's defence system. The Guardian protects the planet from exterior attacks via a powerful forcefield. However, the Foe somehow find a way to penetrate the barrier and destroy half the Guardian with it. One of the Guardian's shards makes contact with Ecco and informs him that only he can save the planet from destruction.


  • Aquamarine Bay
  • Perils of the Coral Reef
  • Trial Without Error
  • Four Ways of Mystery
  • Passage from Genesis (Bonus)
  • Pathways from Nowhere (Bonus)
  • Up and Down
  • Roaring Forces
  • Atlantis Lost
  • Shrine of Controversy
  • Master of Forgotten Skills
  • Process that Never Ends
  • Blades in Motion
  • Perpetual Fluidity
  • Obscure Ways to Terminus
  • Sleeping Forces of Doom
  • Anguish of Dearth
  • Entrapment
  • Caverns of Hope
  • Lair of Evil
  • Powers of Levitation
  • Hanging Waters
  • Chance of Reckoning
  • Hatchery
  • Seeds of Poison
  • Transfiguration
  • Heart of Foe
  • Gallery
  • Soccer

Differences from the original series

  • The Vortex do not make an appearance in this universe and are instead replaced with a different race called The Foe.
  • The existence of humans is confirmed from the very start of the game and they are not absent or extinct.
  • Humans and sea creatures work together in this universe.
  • This is the first 3D and 2.5D Ecco game.
  • Two hidden levels can be found in the game.


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