Sega officially revealed today its SEGA Forever lineup of mobile retro games, that was teased a couple weeks ago.
The (mostly) free games lineup promises to grow to “nearly every SEGA game ever released from every console era,” including titles for Master System, Genesis/MegaDrive, Dreamcast and more. All will be available on iOS and Android. New games will be released every two weeks.
Below you can see a list of bullet points describing the service.
- Play free.
- Save your game progress.
- Leaderboard — compete with the world for high scores.
- Controller support — fully integrated wireless Bluetooth controller support.
- Offline play.
- Games released every month; download them all!
The initial line-up includes:
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Altered Beast
- Phantasy Star II
- Kid Chameleon
- Comix Zone
More games have been promised to roll out within the next 24 hours.
Incidentally, while most of the games are indeed free (but they will show ads), Sonic the Hedgeog is still marked at $2.99/€2.99 on Google Play, since it was actually released a while ago.
Interestingly, if you don’t want to be annoyed by the ads, you can pay $1.99 per game, and they’ll go away.
The accompanying press release included a comment by SEGA’s western Mobile Division CMO Mike Evans:
“Above all else SEGA Forever is a celebration of nostalgia. It’s about allowing fans to reconnect with past experiences and share them with family and friends in an accessible and convenient way. Join us on a journey of rediscovery as we roll out two decades of classic games free on mobile. Create your own ‘SEGA Forever folder’ and collect your favorite classics. Enjoy moments of nostalgia on the go, or sync a Bluetooth controller to enjoy a console-like experience in your living room. SEGA Forever democratizes retro gaming, and seeks to change how the world plays, rediscovers, and shares in classic game experiences.”
This is certainly a good way to bring back some fond gaming memories, and if you know me, you also know that I grabbed Phantasy Star II right away.
You can check out the launch trailer of the service just below.