Doesn’t matter pretty much at all what type of gamer you are, you just have to have a mobile device. SEGA of America has announced a rather stellar lineup of games coming soon to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, with Android getting a little love, too. Sonic will appear across both platforms, but the really cool stuff—Demon Tribe, Go Dance and my personal favorite, Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper—will hit iOS only.
SEGA of America VP of digital business, Chris Olson, describes the lineup thus: “As the audience for mobile gaming continues to grow, we’re proud to expand our portfolio of digital titles with a wide array of genres. With card collecting and MOBA-style battles in Demon Tribe™, mystery solving timed to the beat in Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper™, and chart topping tracks in GO DANCE™, SEGA’s latest portable offerings have something for everyone.”
The press release, on the other hand, tells you what you really need to know:
SEGA is preparing to leave the competition in its dust as the critically acclaimed action racer Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed™ makes its way to mobile platforms. Race as Sonic and a host of legendary SEGA All-Stars across land, sea and air in amazing transformable vehicles as they battle for first place at the finish line. This sequel to the hit 2011 mobile game Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing™ will bring all of the competitive, fast paced, transforming action from its wildly successful console counterpart with a host of new features and improvements. With a reimagined World Tour, super competitive 4 player local and online races and comprehensive social integration, this will be the ultimate multiplayer racer on mobile. Start your engines and get ready to transform your racing experience on the go!
Get ready for the ultimate spin as one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time receives a definitive update for the mobile generation. Sonic fans and newcomers alike will see Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in a brand new light. Revisit the game that first introduced Miles “Tails” Prower and some of the most legendary environments in Sonic history. See special stages and classic levels such as Casino Night Zone and Chemical Plant with re-mastered audio and upgraded visuals running at a silky smooth frame rate of 60fps.
This version of the classic sequel is coming to Android for the first time ever and will be made available as a free update for existing iOS owners.
Those two games will be available for iOS and Android. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 drops in November, while Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed is scheduled for winter 2013.
The following, at least for the moment, are only announced for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
From Masayoshi Kikuchi, who worked on classic titles such as the Panzer Dragoon series, the Yakuza series, and Jet Grind Radio, comes Demon Tribe™. Set in a dark fantasy world facing the threat of a demon infestation, Demon Tribe™ blends MOBA, card collecting, and action-RPG gameplay elements for a thrilling experience. Capture and fuse demons to build the ultimate team and enter battle with both cooperative and competitive MOBA-style engagements supporting up to 6 players in 3v3 synchronous battles.
Join Raphael and his faithful canine companion Fondue as they investigate the mystery of his father’s strange disappearance. Tap to the beat through the streets of the City of Lights, gather clues, and thwart enemies in this toe-tapping rhythmic adventure.
Featuring chart topping tracks from LMFAO, Avicii, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida and more, GO DANCE™ gives players the freedom to dance, share and compete with friends around the world, anytime and anywhere. Utilizing Extreme Reality™ motion-capture technology by XTR to turn the FaceTime® Camera into a motion-sensor, GO DANCE™ players can improve their dancing skills on the go as movements are captured and scored in real-time.
Go Dance is available now for iPhone and iPad for $1.99 with in-app purchases. Demon Tribe will be available in winter 2013, while those of us looking forward to Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper will have to wait until 2014.