The Android powered Ouya console is garnering some major excitement in advance of its June 25th release, and now it’s got the support of a major publisher! Sega has announced it would be bringing 3 Sonic titles to the fledgling console. Games Industry International reported that Sega’s mascot will spin dash his way to the Ouya in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, and Sonic CD. Sega will be launching all 3 titles on June 27, and all 3 games are optimized for the Ouya’s Tegra 3 processor and free-to-try business model. The first level of both Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I and Sonic CD are available to try for free, and Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II will provide the first 2 levels for free.
Full versions of each title will be available for $6.99 each. This is a much higher price than Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1’s $1.99 App Store or $3.99 Google Play price tags, or Sonic CD’s $2.99 mobile cost. Since the Ouya console doesn’t have access to the Google Play store, Ouya must make its own deals with publishers. My guess is the price discrepancy has something to do with this.
Ouya founder Julie Uhrman spoke optimistically of the Sega releases:
“Gamers like to play all different types of games. They like play games that they have a strong affiliation with on all different types of platforms. I’m not surprised that we’re seeing titles come to Ouya that are on other platforms. I think gamers will love to play Sonic on the television through Ouya,” said Uhrman. “Obviously, content exclusive to Ouya is incredibly exciting. We have a number of games where we have exclusive windows. Every conversation with a developer is different. We have over 16,000 developers that have signed up with an interest to develop and publish games on Ouya.”
My love for Sonic is no secret but I have all of these games on my big screen already. Any Ouya early adopters out there going to pick up these Sega titles?
[Via: Games Industry International]