Sega is one of those game publishers rich with iconic IP, characters and classic titles. While it, like Square Enix and other popular property owners from yesteryear, have already begun to capitalize on the mobile marketplace with a series of re-releases, Sega is looking to rebrand its efforts in a major way starting this week.
While you will already find the odd Sonic the Hedgehog game on the App Store, the new Sega Forever program is looking to bring a massive selection of classic Sega games to iOS and Android. Better yet, it will all be completely free. Well, kind of anyway….
Stretching all the way back to the Master System and Genesis, the company will be re-releasing what it describes as nearly every Sega game all the way up to the fabled Dreamcast days to mobile for nothing. The publisher says it will be releasing new games into the program every week. Now while the games will be free, they will also be riddled with ads, unless you pay to get rid of them. Having said that, we have already seen Sega’s implementation of ad-supported free-to-play iOS games, and it’s really not that bad, considering it only costs a cup of coffee to get rid of them.
The first few games that will be made available through the new program will be Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Phantasy Star 2, Kid Chameleon and Comix Zone. That’s a pretty nice and diverse selection of classics to get things rolling if you ask me.
You can also expect a somewhat enhanced experience for each of the games including leaderboards, offline play, MFi controller support and cloud saving. On top of that, the free-to-play titles will offer a $1.99 in-app purchase to be rid of the ads for good. The company has stated that all Sega Forever games will be treated this way moving forward.
We are already starting to see the new freebie titles hit the App Store and Google Play. Although the Android listing for the new Sonic the Hedgehog appears to be missing still:
iOS Universal: Sonic the Hedgehog
iOS Universal: Altered Beast
Android: Altered Beast
iOS Universal: Phantasy Star 2
Android: Phantasy Star 2
iOS Universal: Kid Chameleon
Android: Kid Chameleon
iOS Universal: Comix Zone
Android: Comix Zone
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