Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed also coming to Android this winter

Veteran games publisher SEGA has announced its winter line-up of mobile titles, which includes a remastered version of fan-favorite Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for Android. Like the original Sonic and Sonic CD, the remastered Sonic 2 will feature upgraded audio and visuals, and 60fps gameplay. Release is scheduled for sometime in November.

Four other SEGA titles are coming to mobile this winter, though three — Demon Tribe, Go Dance and Rhythm Thief & The Paris Caper — will be skipping Android and heading to iOS only. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed brings transformable vehicles and four-player online and local multiplayer to the kart-racing series. The title will be heading to both Android and iOS, though there's no firm release window just yet.

Presser's after the break.


Mobile Gamers to Swipe and Tap Through Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed; Sonic The Hedgehog 2; Demon Tribe; Go Dance and Rhythm Thief &
The Paris Caper

SAN FRANCISCO – October 21st, 2013 – SEGA® of America, Inc. today announce a line-up of five titles coming soon to mobile and tablet devices with Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed™ and a special, re-mastered release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2™ leading the charge, along with Demon Tribe – a new, unique multiplayer RPG led by renowned producer/director Masayoshi Kikuchi.

“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,” said SEGA of America Vice President of Digital Business Chris Olson. “With card collecting and MOBA-style battles inDemon 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.”

SEGA and Sonic are transforming racing on mobile platforms
Platforms: iOS, Android | Release Date: Winter, 2013
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!

The best gets better with Sonic The Hedgehog™ 2 re-mastered for mobile
Platforms: iOS, Android | Release Date: November, 2013
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.

Enter the vicious world of Demon Tribe™
Platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch | Release Date: Winter, 2013
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.

Mystery and music meet in Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper™
Platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch | Release Date: Early 2014
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.

Move to the music anytime, anywhere with GO DANCE™
Platforms: iPad, iPhone | Release Date: September 12, 2013
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.

SEGA will share more information on each game in the coming weeks.


Reader comments

Remastered Sonic 2 for Android among SEGA winter line-up


Still waiting on Phantasy Star Online game that was announced 2 years ago for Android and iOS to become available. Heard of a mythical beta but never saw anything from it.

IPhone, ipad, ipod touch is what stands out more than anything in the press release

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I just knew somebody would post about PSO on here. Bad enough on the SEGA facebook page!

I, for one, are excited about Sonic & All Stars Racing: Transformed heading to Android.

Finally I was wondering the other day if android would ever get sonic 2 with the upgraded treatment. Dissapointed no knuckles for sonic 2. Maybe sega will eventually release a remastered version of Sonic 3+Sonic & Knuckles. Maybe even do the lock on for Sonic 2. But that's being wishful.

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Knuckles was in Sonic 1 for Android as an unlockable - can't see why he wouldn't be in 2 too.

And I'm sure Christian is already working on S3+K.

Every time Sega tweets about one of those global sonic dash events i remind them is not fully global with just ios

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I'm waiting for Skies of Arcadia.

I would imagine that and Nights would work nicely on a touchscreen device.

They have an awesome back catalog of games that would do well. I'm not sure why they are sitting on them.

Yeah, Skies of Arcadia would be fantastic. I'm still disappointed that the rumored XBLA version has never been released.

I don't care what anyone says, Sonic 2 is the best Sonic game ever. The first one isn't fast enough and the third one's game play isn't as tight.

For as “good” as emulation can be, nothing beats playing the classics on classic hardware. Modernizing classics to improve/increase frame-rate, update the audio/visuals and make them playable on mobile devices is a noble effort. I bought the original Sonic the Hedgehog and I enjoy it immensely. I would gladly pay for Sonic 2 when it comes out on the Google Play store this winter – this was my favorite game out of the series.
I would like to see more classic titles re-released on mobile, with updated control schemes at a minimum. Right now, to play some of my childhood favorites I have to emulate the games on my PC or phone. I’d love to see Mutant League Football, Road Rash, Kid Chameleon and Toejam & Earl pushed out by their respective publishers. A $12 Sega Classics for iOS and Android bundle, for example.
From Sega move on to Namco, Activision, Konami, Capcom, and SNK go at it.
Ridge Racer
Metal Gear
Street Fighter

The hardware is available. The demand is there.

For now, I’ll emulate those classics. $.99 for Contra? Sure. $.99 for Ring King? Yes!
Bad Dudes, Ninja Gaiden, Double Dribble, Blades of Steel
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Paperboy, Rad Racer, Super Off-Road, Super Hang-On….ALTERED BEAST!

One iOS exclusive is one too many. Sega isn't getting a single penny from me.

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Hopefully they will fix the device restrictions on the Play Store. It would let me install Sonic 1 on my ancient HTC Hero, but not on my EVO 4G LTE.