Sega Forever wants to fill your smartphone with free retro Sega games.
Sega has come out swinging at the likes of Nintendo’s NES Mini and all those mobile retro game emulators with the release of Sega Forever.
After dropping some cryptic clues on the rather obscure @SegaForever Twitter account, alongside sending cassette mixtapes to influential individuals, Sega finally unveiled Sega Forever as a treasure trove of its classic hits. Launching this week on Android and iOS, Sega Forever is a completely free collection of Sega’s back catalogue of games for you to enjoy on the go.
Yes, you read that correctly, it’s all entirely free. The Sega Forever app costs not a penny, and every game housed within it is also totally free to play. Sega makes its money back on these retro gems by playing a short advert before you launch a game. In the future Sega has plans for a subscription service that removes all ads, but for now you can stop ads playing on a selected game by just paying $US1.99 per title.
On launch, Sega Forever comes with five Mega Drive games (Altered Beast, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon, Phantasy Star II and Sonic The Hedgehog), but there are plans to launch more over time. Sega claims that every two weeks a new game will come to the service and even Sega Saturn and Dreamcast titles will join Sega Forever too.
Every game is completely playable offline, comes with cloud saving, online leaderboards and support for Bluetooth controllers. Sega’s Mike Evans said that there aren’t any plans to integrate new difficulty levels or game aids to these retro releases – these are, bar new control schemes, completely faithful emulations of original Sega games.
As you can imagine, this is quite the all-encompassing project for Sega. Evans warned that, as a new title joins every two weeks, it’ll take quite some time to add Sega’s back catalogue to Sega Forever – Sega Saturn games could even be as long as two years away from release on the platform.
Those of you concerned about the purity, and difficulty, of playing retro titles on a smartphone or tablet with touchscreen controls don’t have to worry too much. As every game supports a Bluetooth controller, it also means that Sega Forever works on any Android device you have hooked up to a TV or screen meaning that Nvidia Shield TV or Android TV Box you’ve got tucked away could soon be an excellent retro Sega machine. Take that discontinued Nintendo NES Mini!