Sega culls mobile catalog

Publisher says games that "no longer meet our standards" will be pulled from app stores in coming weeks

Sega is cutting down its catalog of mobile games. The publisher today announced that it would be removing some of its titles from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon App Store over the coming weeks.

"At Sega we are committed to making fun, high-quality mobile games and it is with our fans' best playing experience in mind that we announce the removal of a number of games from our back catalogue," the company said. "It is important for us to ensure that all of our fans, regardless of platform or operating system, have a great playing experience and after evaluating our complete list of titles, we have determined that a number of them no longer meet our standards."

Sega did not indicate how many games would be pulled, or which specific titles they would be. At the moment, Sega has more than 40 games on the Apple App Store, many of them $1 ports of old Genesis titles like Streets of Rage and Altered Beast. Recent years have seen the company experiment with free-to-play offerings (Sonic Dash), premium pricing (the $20 Football Manager Classic 2015) and original properties (Dragon Coins).

The pulled games will remain playable for those who have already purchased it, and Sega has said updated versions may return to the store, "given the right situation."

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Latest comments (3)

Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend6 years ago
Why does it feel like the pull of gravity is continually weighing down on Sega, bringing it to its inevitable conclusion of going into administration? Don't get me wrong, I loved my Master system, my Mega Drive, Streets of Rage etc etc, but it reminds me of the rock star who won't quit even though their relevance in pop culture is nil.
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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 6 years ago
I got my first job to buy a Master System

Personally, I'd be looking to sell off my "hard" franchises that aren't arcade hits, and licensing out a lot of those to'other developers

Shenmue should be shopped to Rockstar, BioWare, or even Telltale.
Crazy Taxi needs an online competitive version
Sonic just needs to be lent to Nintendo. They can't possible do worse.
Jet Set Rafio, somebody should take it.

And Toy Commander, if any game needs an HD Remake with line multiplayer instead of split screen, with the added bonus of very few people having played it.
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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend6 years ago
I agree with Shenmue, they really need to redo that game. Forklifts HO!!! :)
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