Monday, April 25, 2016

Sega Mega Drive Update!

Last week, Sega announced that they would be releasing content on Steam as part of their "classic game" pack. They sweetened the deal with more details about the launch of the updates new SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis Classics Hub, out on April 28.

"The new-look system is based on a bedroom of an early nineties SEGA fan with dynamic time-of-day conditions, retro SEGA paraphernalia, a shelf full of MEGA Drive games (including the ones you own) and of course a CRT TV! That’s not all, every single MEGA Drive game will now feature Steam Workshop support allowing you to share modified versions of your [favorite] retro SEGA titles!"

The new feature will also allow for saving at any point in the games, local co-op (where featured in the original game), full controller and keyboard support, and graphic enhancement filters.

How do you get it? Well if you own anything that's part of the Sega Mega Drive, starting from 2011, you get this update for free. From Sonic to Ecco the Dolphin, starting Thursday you can download the update on Steam and play with the new content. And that means more classic Sega games! They have been surveying customers for months trying to figure out which games would be included in the new collection, so expect player reaction to be swift this weekend on the results.

The modding part is what caught my attention. Typically with classic games, modding is a no-no, outside of porting it to a ROM so people can play it the game on PC. Other then, it's unheard of. But Sega is giving everyone full license to mod away on their retro games? I'm curious to see what people come up with for Sonic. You know that is going to be a giant mess of amazing.

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