SEGA Forever Finally Revealed, Includes Dreamcast Games!

So the wait is over. SEGA Forever has finally been revealed as the mobile gaming service most of us kinda already guessed it would be. Playing retro titles on mobile devices is nothing new, but this service offers something not yet seen: an ever growing library of titles from across the whole of SEGA's console back catalogue...including the Dreamcast. There are only a handful of Mega Drive titles available initially, but the library will be expanded over time, with Master System and Dreamcast specifically cited on the SEGA Forever website.
Interestingly, the SEGA Forever Twitter account also teased images of the SG-1000 and Saturn recently, so we'll be keen to see if those platforms are emulated too. SEGA Forever is available for iOS and Android devices, and boasts some nice features such as online leaderboards and Bluetooth controller support. The first batch of games, which includes Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast and Comix Zone will be available within 24hrs of the reveal. While games will be free to play, details covered at both SEGA Nerds and SEGAbits suggests that in order to remove adds, a small fee will apply for each game.


What do you think? Excited for the Dreamcast-specific portion of SEGA Forever? Or is this a crushing letdown? Playing games on a touchscreen has always been a bit guff...so it'll be interesting to see how this changes the landscape - if it can. As far as playing Dreamcast games goes, we'll no doubt be keeping an eye on this and seeing how the emulation competes with what's already out there. Oh, and if we can get the DreamConn to work with our mobiles, that'll be a bonus too!

So, SEGA Forever then. Best thing ever or huge #SEGAFail? Let us know in the comments or join the discussion in our Facebook group. You can also follow SEGA Forever on Twitter for updates.

14 comments:

hoogafanter said...

Unfortunately touch screen controls are awful for most games and I can already emulate dreamcast games using reicast. I'm hoping this is just a small start for a major expansion to PC and consoles. As it is, the only excitement I have for it is Sega seems to care a bit about gaming again, and that's always a good thing...

Tom Charnock said...

There is Bluetooth support too, so that's always an option. But yeah, touchscreen controls aren't really very good on ever the best mobile devices.

Bob said...

Could be ok for things like jxd's and Android handhelds

Florian Wallin said...

What i like most about this is as stated by hoogafanter ,that sega seems to care about gaming again. The teaser seems good, i like the 90-s feeling in it, feels like the good old sega.

My thoughts about this otherwise is
1. Bluetooth controller sucks vs original , touchscreen ? No thanks
2. I will download this , and pay for the games i like most even if i wont play them on mobile that much (i probably have most of the original games on real hardware anyway) just to support sega.

Question, is this by Us sega or Jap sega or maybe both ?

Mattskell said...

For Mobile....

I can't get excited for it when it's not coming to any major ome platform.

Tom Charnock said...

You probably won't need to wait too long for that ;)

hoogafanter said...

I hope not. It's like Sega is allergic to making money. "Hey I got an idea! Let's rerelease a bunch of old games that people are dying to play on newer platforms! But let's make them free and for mobile only lmfao trololololol"

Damon Fillman said...

I'd be curious to see if they fully commit to the bi-weekly release schedule. Hopefully gems like Panzer Dragoon Saga or Phantasy Star Online will be playable at some point, but I'm not holding my breath.

JoeMD said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
JoeMD said...

If this was for PC I'd be all over it. Mobile on the other hand...

hoogafanter said...

Rumor has it that the source code for panzer dragoon saga is lost... We may never see a rerelease. It would have to be fully rebuilt from the ground up...

Kent Hamson said...

Along with what Hoogafanter said, Sega said the only reason PDS wasn't already re-released on a newer platform was because the source code was lost. It would have been on PS2 already if they had the source code. I don't know if it is possible to rip and decompile the disc image.

MikeyMalibu said...

I'm less concerned about how the controls are but more so with how they run. If this is the same old tired emulation port routine I'm not excited for it but if its something more akin to the Switch's online service added with classic games I'd give it a chance.

Unknown said...

Why isn't this entire thing on the Switch? Duh. that would have been incredible. The Switch has already turned into a mini Neo Geo and could have also been a mini Snes, Nes and Sega monster. Why oh why do suits not see this shit.