SEGA has confirmed via a blog post that an unknown number of SEGA mobile titles will be removed from various services if they “no longer meet our standards.” The problem? SEGA won’t say which ones… odds are though that it’ll be poorly emulated titles, or those which got a poor rating or suffer from compatibility problems on modern OS systems and devices (looking at you, Sonic 4).
Games on the following services will be affected:
- App Store for Apple devices
- Google Play Store
- Samsung App Store
- Amazon App Store
You know, I’m sure that this was once a rumoured story, only it was with console Sonic games… now it’s a confirmed story but for mobile games instead.
Anyway, if you have already bought or downloaded these games then don’t fear – you will still be able to re-download them once they’re taken from off the store. This isn’t like the Playstation Network’s P.T. fiasco, where the game was removed entirely.
Sega’s full statement is as follows.
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. 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. As a result, we will be removing these titles from the App Store for Apple devices, the Google Play Store, the Samsung App Store and the Amazon App Store over the next few weeks. While we have nothing to announce at this time, given the right situation, these titles may return in an updated form.
If you have already purchased a game that is being removed from the store you will be able to continue to play it after it’s been taken down. It will remain in your purchased apps where you will be able to download it again if you delete it or acquire a new device until the game becomes incompatible with the latest phone operating systems or hardware.
Thank you to all our customers for sharing what they love about our games and helping us to continue to improve everything we make.
We’ll update you with what games are affected once we get the list.
Source: Sega Blog