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You don’t have to dig very far to find a swath of Sega-published apps on the App Store for your favorite mobile device. And that includes classic re-releases of dozens of games that originally appeared on the Master System, Genesis, and Dreamcast.
But this morning, the publisher announced “Sega Forever,” a new initiative that’ll re-release these re-releases as ad-supported free-to-play apps through the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. The program will kick off on June 22 with the re-release of five classic games, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star II, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon, and Altered Beast:
Sega Forever Titles Available on June 22
- Sonic The Hedgehog, the 1991 household classic that has remained at the forefront of hearts and minds since inception
- Phantasy Star II, the longtime 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
All games in the Sega Forever lineup will be redesigned to work on mobile devices, and also include cloud saves, controller support, and leaderboards. You’ll also be able to remove the ads from each game for $1.99 apiece.
More titles will be added to the Sega Forever collection every two weeks, and to get an idea of which ones** will be coming soon, you should check out the wonderfully retro trailer embedded above.
** I spotted Shinobi, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD, Golden Axe, and Crazy Taxi, but I’m sure I missed some.
If you didn’t buy Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection, shame on you. Seriously. It’s a beautiful time capsule letting you experience firsthand in high definition and surround sound what things were like in a simpler, arguably better, time for gaming, before the console war was determined by sales numbers. If you held off because you only wanted a few of the games, PlayStation is here to help. Starting March 29, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Streets of Rage 2, Golden Axe 2, Comix Zone, and Altered Beast will be arriving one after another about every month or so, up to August 16. Each game will cost $4.99 and have its own set of trophies, instead of just having at most one on a disc. Even better news is that all of these games will arrive early for PlayStation Plus subscribers, for free.
It’s getting harder and harder to resist that PSN Plus subscription, and if I didn’t already own the Blu Ray with these games, it might have been enough to push me over the edge. If they announce something crazy like Shining Force III, all episodes, for PSN Plus free and early, I might have to run to my local gamestop, knocking over racks and shelves, completely oblivious to the fact that I could have bought the subscription online… Hit the jump for the full details on the games. (more…)