Earlier this month, popular game publisher Sega announced it will remove several of its games from the iTunes App Store and Google Play. Until recently, fans did not know which games the company was talking about, but now various gaming websites have revealed the titles Sega has removed.
Fans of classic Sega games will be disappointed to know that most of the titles removed are actually ports of older Sega games. Touch Arcade has a list of the Sega games removed from the iTunes App Store. They include “Streets of Rage,” “Streets of Rage 3,” “Phantasy Star II,” “Afterburner Climax,” “Super Monkey Ball,” “Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition,” the “Golden Axe” trilogy, “Virtua Fighter 2,” “Space Harrier II,” “Altered Beast,” “Ecco the Dolphin” and “Columns Deluxe.”
Sega has given not reason for the deletion of the games, aside from them not meeting company standards.
According to Polygon, this is not the first time the publisher removed games they had released to the iTunes App Store or the Google Play store. Previously, the company removed “House of the Dead: Overkill – The Lost Reels” and “Zaxxon Escape” from online stores for unknown reasons.
However, there is some good news for Sega fans. Anyone bought any of the aforementioned games will be able to re-download them. Considering the “P.T.” controversy that was caused by Konami, this could be considered a wise move by Sega.
Sega has also said it might bring back the titles they removed, possibly as remastered rereleases.