About a week ago, SEGA sent out some weird packages to some journalists, including a casette tape (remember those?) with soundtracks from old SEGA games on them. We know this because some of the 512 game journalists that received the tapes, actually still had a device that could play them, or managed to find one. There were also notes, that were supposed to be cryptic, but not so much that they wouldn't be decoded.
“Cassette tapes changed music forever. We're about to do the same with retro gaming on mobile.
Obviously, this meant that SEGA is planning to bring some of its retro games to mobile, and it has now been officially confirmed. SEGA is bringing some of its classics to Android and iOS, under the collective name SEGA Forever.
The collection is expected to grow quite a lot, as SEGA promises to release new games every two weeks. These will not be reimaginations of the classic hits, but “official emulations and portet games that pan all SEGA console eras, each adapted specifically for mobile devices while remaining faithful to the original games.” Said adaptations will include added features, such as leaderboards, cloud saves, and other basic functionalities that come with mobile games.
All the games of the SEGA Forever collection will be free-to-play, and they will sport ads. But for users that prefer a pristine ad-free experience, a one-time payment per game will be available.
“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,” expains Mike Evans, CMO of SEGA's Mobile Division in the West. “SEGA Forever democratizes retro gaming, and seks to change how the world plays, rediscovers, and shares in classic game experiences.”
The collection officially kicks off tomorrow with five games, all of which will be available for free on Google Play and the iOS App Store. The iOS versions will also include iMessage sticker packs. The games in question are Sonic The Hedgehog, Phantasy Star II, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon, and Altered Beast.
The App Store pages are not live yet, but you can find the Google Play versions on the following links:
SEGA FOREVER™ MAKES TIME TRAVEL* COST-EFFECTIVE, CONVENIENT
Three decades after it all began, SEGA Networks announces a growing collection of classic video games for mobile
SAN FRANCISCO, LONDON – 21st June 2017 - In celebration of a simpler time - an era that came before cool kale, hyper-connectedness, DIY artisanal beer-making, and social media mayhem - SEGA Networks Inc. is bringing a growing collection of classic video games from every console era to your mobile device for free. The collection, called SEGA Forever, is a re-awakening of archetypal gaming, an ode to the deep and diverse SEGA catalogue, and the beginning of a retro revolution that will transport players back through two decades of console gaming.
Each game in the SEGA Forever line-up is free-to-play, ad-supported, playable offline, and includes added features like cloud saves, controller support, and leaderboards. For players who prefer a pristinely ad-free mobile gaming experience - folks who want to play SEGA just like they remember playing in their basement, without interruptions from parents, siblings, or homework - we’ve rolled back the price so each game can be purchased without ads for £1.99. As the SEGA Forever collection expands through months and years, it will include both official emulations and ported games that pan all SEGA console eras, each adapted specifically for mobile devices while remaining faithful to the original games.
“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" explains Mike Evans, CMO of SEGA’s Mobile Division in the West. “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 favourite 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.”
The first batch of SEGA Forever games has been carefully curated, boasting both blockbusters and core fan favourites; The collection will officially kick off tomorrow with five Mega Drive / Genesis titles, all of which will be available to download for free on the Google Play Store for Android devices and on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, where they will be accompanied by iMessage sticker packs:
● Sonic The Hedgehog, the 1991 household classic that has remained at the forefront of hearts and minds since inception ● Phantasy Star II, the long-time fan-favourite RPG from 1989 ●Comix Zone and Kid Chameleon, two American titles developed by SEGA’s in-house studio STI ● Altered Beast, the original Genesis pack-in title, a beat ‘em up set in Ancient Greece that represents a weird and wonderful segment of the SEGA catalogue that is ripe for rediscovery
Following tomorrow’s launch, the SEGA Forever collection will continue to grow with additional releases coming every two weeks. To stay up-to-date with launch news, share your love of the golden age of video games, cast your vote in polls, share your opinions in surveys, and interact with other SEGA fans, check out the SEGA Forever website and follow our dedicated Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.