After a series of Twitter teasers, SEGA has finally announced a brand new series of mobile games called SEGA Forever. Well, they’re technically not new, because SEGA Forever is actually a collection of classic SEGA titles brought back in the form of smartphone games.
Each game offered as part of the SEGA Forever line-up is free-to-play with ads, can be played offline and even comes with cloud save, controller and leaderboard support. If you want to ditch the ads, you can buy each game for just £1.99/$1.99 each and keep them forever.
“Above all else, SEGA Forever, is a celebration of nostalgia,” said Mike Evans, SEGA Mobile Division CMO. “It’s about allowing fans to reconnect with past experiences and share them with family and friends in an accessible and convenient way.”
Before you go searching for SEGA Forever on the App Store or Google Play, that’s actually just an umbrella term for all the individual games launching over the next few months, with a new game arriving every two weeks.
The collection will kick off tomorrow with five Mega Drive/SEGA Genesis titles arriving on for iOS and Android devices, complete with their own set of iMessage sticker packs for iOS devices. Here are the five titles, complete with descriptions from SEGA itself:
- 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
Eventually, the collection will include official emulations as well as ported games from SEGA consoles across generations, but each one specifically adapted for mobile devices of various screen sizes.
“Join us on a journey of rediscovery as we roll out two decades of classic games free on mobile,” added Evans. “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.”