From Alex Kidd to Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star to Jet Set Radio, Shinobi to NiGHTS into Dreams, and a great many more timeless IPs, SEGA shaped the childhoods of many young gamers during its hardware heyday across several systems. Many more titles from their classic lineup still remain elusive to this day, but that could change with the company’s announcement today for their new Classic Games Collection program called “SEGA Forever.”
SEGA Forever is a promise from the company through which they aim to rerelease nearly every SEGA game ever from each of their consoles, spanning from the Master System era to the late Dreamcast. These classics will be available for iOS and Android with a ton of new features.
Each of the games will be free-to-play with ad support, or they can be purchased for the low price of $1.99 to remove the ads. Online leaderboards, the ability to save your progress, and offline play will also be a staple throughout older games, as well as Bluetooth controller support on certain titles so players won’t have to rely on touchscreens.
SEGA Forever launches tomorrow in the West with this initial lineup:
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Altered Beast
- Phantasy Star II
- Kid Chameleon
- Comix Zone
In addition, there is the possibility that the SEGA Forever initiative could be pushed onto other platforms, including the Nintendo Switch, in some form:
“About 90% of the games so far are in Unity. The reason we chose Unity as middleware is it enables us to take this content to other platforms as well. So my first focus is mobile. It’s a huge project and what I really want to do is get mobile right. After this, there are options: we can look at desktop, Facebook, we could even take these games to consoles like Switch.” — Mike Evans, SEGA Networks Chief Marketing Officer
What other classics would you like to see rereleased on mobile? Would you support the SEGA Forever movement if it comes to consoles like the Switch? Sound off in the comments below!