This morning, Sega launched a new initiative called Sega Forever. They’re planning to bring all of their old games, from across all their old console platforms, to mobile for the low price of free.
What a cool idea! I’m very excited about it.
Will the ports be any good though?
That’s the one thing that could tank this whole enterprise. The first round of games just went live on iOS and Android. So far, they’ve done:
- Altered Beast
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Kid Chameleon
- Comix Zone
- Phantasy Star II
All of them are the Genesis versions. I’ve tried out Comix Zone and Kid Chameleon, and they seem like decent ports…aside from having to use virtual buttons. Full controller support is present, though. And I made out okay with the touch solution.
Porting Genesis games is one thing, porting Saturn and Dreamcast games is another! New games will come out regularly, and I’ll probably download every one, because Sega has one of the best back catalogs in the industry.
Will third parties jump on board? Will they actually get around to doing all the titles, or will it peter out before that? Only time will tell.
How did they make these free? Well, they’re ad supported. The ads are a little obnoxious, but tolerable. Or you can pay 2 bucks per game and get rid of ads forever.
This is the exact right way to put out older games in my opinion, and it’s something that companies have struggled with in the past. I hope this initiative is very successful for Sega, and that other companies follow suit. People have asked Nintendo to do a subscription model on virtual console for years, and they’re actually doing it…but free is better than not free.
I hope that the ports of more modern games are good. A good mobile version of Samba De Amigo is something I’d play every day.
The only real complaint I have right now is that they’re all up as individual games, so it’s a little hard to find them unless you know what you’re looking for. Some kind of Sega Forever launcher, or bundle, or category, would make this easier.