SEGA have revealed the nature of the previously teased SEGA Forever, announcing a collection of free to play classic SEGA titles on iOS and Android devices. SEGA Forever titles will be free to download, with adverts, from Google Play and the App Store and the plan is to build an ever growing selection of classic games from the Master System, Genesis/MegaDrive, Dreamcast, and beyond.
The initial titles are rolling out in the next 24 hours and the first games on the list are Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Phantasy Star II, Kid Chameleon, and Comix Zone, all of which are games from the genesis era. According to SEGA's official website, all the titles will have saving enabled, global leaderboards, controller support, and will allow offline play. New titles will be added every two weeks.
We were alerted to the news via SEGA's Twitter, which also gave us this highly scientific video showing just how SEGA managed the feat of bringing these classic games to mobile devices.
The free to play games will be supported by in game ads, but there's also the option to purchase each title for $1.99 individually to "remove all non-SEGA adverts." SEGA say that as this collection expands over the coming 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."
Mike Evans, CMO of SEGA's Mobile Division, gave his opinion on what the collection means to SEGA and it's fans,
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.He then went on to describe the main benefits of the collection as he envisions it,
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.Additional titles will be added every two weeks, to keep up with announcements check out the new SEGA Forever Twitter or Facebook pages. The Facebook book page is also currently taking suggestions for games you'd like to see added to the collection, if you want to head over there and have your say.
Were you expecting more from 'SEGA Forever' or do you like the sound of classic SEGA games on your mobile? Which titles would you like to see added to the collection? Give us your thoughts in the comments!