Based in: Emeryville, California, USA
PO Box 99642
Emeryville, CA 94662
The original incarnation of Digital Eclipse was founded in Emeryville, California in 1992 by current CEO Andrew Ayre. In 1994, Digital Eclipse created a series of games for the Macintosh platform called Williams Digital Arcade, which were the first ever commercial game products to use emulation. Digital Eclipse continued to produce emulation-based classic game packages for various platforms, as well as many original titles for the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance.
In 2003, Digital Eclipse merged with ImaginEngine to form Backbone Entertainment; in 2005, Backbone merged with The Collective to form Foundation 9 Entertainment, which at one point was the largest independent video game development studio in the world.
In 2007, Andrew Ayre left Foundation 9 to form Other Ocean Interactive, and later re-acquired the rights to the Digital Eclipse name. Digital Eclipse was relaunched in 2015 as a studio dedicated to telling the stories of gaming history, preserving classic games, and keeping them alive for future generations.
Starting with its first release, 2015's Mega Man Legacy Collection, the reborn Digital Eclipse has produced critically acclaimed releases of classic brands and franchises such as Street Fighter, Samurai Shodown, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Disney, and Atari. Digital Eclipse's game releases focus on capturing the artists' original intent, providing historical and archival material to place the games in their proper context, and enhancing the player experience in a variety of ways through the custom Eclipse Engine technology platform.
As of 2023, Digital Eclipse, still based in Emeryville, is now independent from Other Ocean, which continues its game development operations at its studios in Canada.
Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration (Atari)
Garbage Pail Kids: Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum (iam8bit)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection (Konami)
Disney Classic Games Collection (Nighthawk Interactive)
Space Jam: A New Legacy - The Game
Blizzard Arcade Collection (Blizzard)
Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection (SNK)
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King (Nighthawk Interactive)
SNK 40th Anniversary Collection (NIS America)
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (Capcom)
The Disney Afternoon Collection (Capcom)
Mega Man Legacy Collection (Capcom)
Winner, Best Remake / Remaster / Collection, Electric Playground Network Rocket & Raygun Awards 2023 (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection)
Winner, Outstanding Game, Classic Revival, NAVGTR Awards 2022 (Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration)
#4 Best Switch Game of 2022, Metacritic (Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration)
What Does It Take To Make the Criterion Collection of Video Games? [Gizmodo]
All Hail Digital Eclipse [TheGamer]
How ‘Mega Man Legacy Collection’ Is Teaching the Video Games Industry to Respect Its Heritage [Vice]
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In 1994, the original incarnation of Digital Eclipse pioneered accurate video game re-releases, emulating vintage arcade games well before “emulation” was a household word. Nearly 30 years later, we remain dedicated to preserving gaming's heritage, telling the stories of gaming history through archival releases and interactive documentaries.