Sega Forever

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Sega Forever
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Developer Sega
TypeOnline service
Launch dateJune 22, 2017
Platform(s) Android, iOS
StatusActive
Website forever.sega.com

Sega Forever is a service from the Japanese video game developer Sega for re-releasing past games from the company on modern platforms. The service was launched for Android and iOS devices on June 22, 2017. By 2019, the service included over 30 games.

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Background

Sega Forever is a service by Sega to re-release their previously developed video games on Android and iOS-based platforms. [1] [2] [3] [4] Games included on the service are free to play, although they display with advertisements that can be permanently disabled per-game by purchasing them. [5] [6] Game types vary between releases—while some are direct ports, others are emulated versions of the originals. [5] While Sega stated that mobile devices were the initial focus for the service, they also stated it may also expand to other platforms in the future, such as PC and video game consoles. [7] [8] Similar to Nintendo's strategy of using mobile games and apps to attract attention to their console games, Sega hopes to release games to not only to promote their console games, but also to monitor game usage and use it as a metric to determine which franchises to make new games with in the future as well. [9] The end-goal is to eventually create a service similar to Netflix for their games. [8]

Games

The initial wave of games were from Sega's Genesis/Mega Drive, Game Gear, and Master System consoles, with the service later adding games from the Dreamcast, Sega CD, and arcade games. [8] During the testing phases of the system, Sega Saturn and Dreamcast games did not perform satisfactorily, though Sega has on-going R&D efforts working on improving them in hopes of future release. [7] Games such as Panzer Dragoon have been considered for the service, but could not be successfully emulated in the testing phase, meaning that such a release would hypothetically require a lengthy porting process instead. [8] Sega is also open to releasing games that had not previously had English localizations, such as the Yuji Naka-designed game, Girl's Garden . [9]

Games have new features added, such as leaderboards and cloud saves, and touchscreen controls, though they also have controller support as well. [10] Games are also playable offline without an internet connection. [11] [9] Five games were available at launch, with more games being added over time. [12] In March 2018, Sega announced their intention on releasing native ports, rather than emulated, for the service. [13] Sega also stated that while they would continue to release emulated games, the change to primarily making native ports will result in fewer new games being released overall. [13] At the same time, Sega announced that games on the service had been downloaded more than 40 million times. [13]

List

† = Native ports as opposed to being emulated

TitleOriginal platformRelease dateReference
Sonic the Hedgehog Sega Genesis June 22, 2017 [9]
Phantasy Star II
Comix Zone
Kid Chameleon
Altered Beast
Virtua Tennis Challenge Android, iOS July 12, 2017 [14]
The Revenge of Shinobi Sega GenesisJuly 27, 2017 [15]
Ristar August 10, 2017 [16]
Golden Axe August 31, 2017 [17]
Crazy Taxi Dreamcast September 13, 2017 [18]
Space Harrier II Sega Genesis
Beyond Oasis October 11, 2017 [19]
Decap Attack October 25, 2017 [20]
ESWAT: City Under Siege November 8, 2017 [21]
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 November 21, 2017 [22]
Streets of Rage December 6, 2017 [23]
Gunstar Heroes December 20, 2017 [24]
Sonic CD Sega CD February 1, 2018 [25]
Dynamite Headdy Sega GenesisApril 18, 2018 [26]
Super Monkey Ball: Sakura EditionAndroid, iOSMay 17, 2018 [27]
Vectorman Sega GenesisJune 21, 2018 [28]
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II Android, iOSAugust 2, 2018 [29]
Streets of Rage 2 Sega GenesisSeptember 20, 2018 [30]
Shining in the Darkness October 24, 2018 [31]
Shining Force
Shining Force II
Golden Axe II January 17, 2019 [32]
Golden Axe III
Phantasy Star III February 21, 2019 [33]
Phantasy Star IV
After Burner Climax Arcade April 4, 2019 [34]

Reception

Reception at launch was mixed, with critics noting that the service had a number of technical issues, mostly regarding the frame rate. [35] Sega later resolved most of the issues in a July 2017 update. [36]

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