If you’ve always dreamed of playing your favorite Sega games on your phone, your dreams have just come true.
If you’re like the rest of us, this is definitely a nice to have.
Sega is releasing it’s classic games, from the Master system to the Dreamcast, a new home on your iOS and Andriod devices with its new service, Sega Forever. Each game is going to be free to play but will include advertising. A small price to pay for nostalgia (and to kick Dr. Robotnik’s (Eggman?(a bracket within a bracket within a bracket?)) ass). You can also get passed the ads for a $1.99 one-time price.
I’ll be honest with you, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was the very first game I played. Like, ever. So Sega holds a special place in my heart. Some of my favorite memories are with my friend Jesse from down the street, who I haven’t seen in 20 years, coming over and showing secret areas, how to beat the game and of course, Super Sonic!
The first round of games you can play include Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Phantasy Star 2, Kid Chameleon and Comix Zone.
Unfortunately, early reports are saying that the launch of Sega forever has been “botched” due to some poor ports. Sega ported the games using an emulator within Unity, a popular game engine. Cheif Marketing Officer for Sega, Mike Evans, blames fragmentation for the issues and defended their use of Unity.
“Within mobile, there’s a lot of fragmentation,” said Evans. “If you look at all the different OSs, all the different devices—with mobile, as you go live, you get some feedback which you can’t get within a sandbox environment. What we’re doing is taking that and continue working on it, and try and get every instance of every OS in advance…we’ve got some really good updates coming out soon which will address some of the challenges of the d-pad, some of the shading as well that we’re looking at how to improve. It’s just the start of things.”
“What we wanted to do is bring these games to the largest audience possible, and that’s one of the things that mobile does—many people, especially in developing countries, don’t have access to high-end PCs or Macs or other things, so mobile’s the sole way they engage with it, continued Evans. “We looked at a number of different things, and what we decided was Unity allowed us that broadness and we could piggyback a lot of the updates as well. It enables us to broaden it…it opens up other commercial opportunities for us with Apple TVs, desktops and the Switch as well.”
It’s good that they’re actively listening to feedback and making the necessary adjustments. As for Unity, I personally love the engine and exclusive use it to make games.
So only time will tell with the new Sega Forever service. Have you had a chance to play any of the new Sega games? Did you experience any problems? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading.
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