The story of Digital Eclipse's involvement with classic gaming has almost passed into legend. DE's founders were working on emulating older Williams arcade games on an Apple Macintosh - they succeeded (with Defender, Stargate, and Joust) and showed Williams the results. DE ended up partnering with Williams to begin bringing classic arcade games from Williams' considerable catalog (Atari, Bally, Midway, Williams, and assorted smaller companies) to home systems and consoles.
In 2003, the company merged with ImaginEngine Corp. into Backbone Entertainment, and two years later, in March 2005, they merged with The Collective into Foundation 9 Entertainment.
Currently, Digital Eclipse Software is used as a brand name and a publishing label for games developed by the Backbone studios or cooperating companies such as Other Ocean Interactive.
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