It was just a few days ago that SEGA unveiled its new “Amazing SEGA” corporate identity to help guide its future, and it seems like the company Sonic built isn’t done with big changes.
We’ve learned that SEGA is close to launching a new initiative called “SEGA Forever,” and has already registered Facebook, Twitter and Reddit accounts. SEGA Forever appears to be a subscription-based video game service for mobile devices.
In the above video, YouTuber Shawn Long shows several images sent to him by a Twitter user named @BearKiddy of an iOS version of Comix Zone that was recently released in the Philippines. The main menu screen has two interesting options: “AD-FREE” and “SEGAzine.”
Upon clicking the “AD-FREE” button, you’re taken to a screen that explains the game has an ad-supported and ad-free versions. The ad-supported version only has cloud-save support, but the ad-free version supports cloud and saves with a purchase button that has the words “SEGA_FOREVER_BUY_FOR.” There’s also an asterisk that reads “SEGA games may be featured upon launch” for the SEGA Forever version.
According to BearKiddy, when he began playing Comix Zone, a pop-up screen appeared that asked if he wanted to subscribe to the SEGA Forever newsletter.
What’s more, BearKiddy told Long that he was initially sent a SEGA Forever survey by SEGA that listed games that could be coming to the service that included Virtua Cop, Panzer Dragoon and Sonic the Hedgehog. If true, this could potentially mark the first time SEGA Saturn games are available to play outside of the Saturn system.
In any case, we haven’t been able to verify this information yet, but we do know SEGA has some big plans for mobile in its future, and we hope to learn more information about what SEGA Forever will ultimately be.
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Someone on NeoGAF found the link to the survey, and you can take it here. Below are some of the most interesting screens from the survey.