Though they’ve already plodded a chonky version of their iconic mascot in Fall Guys, Sega isn’t stopping there when it comes to celebrating their 60th anniversary. Over the next few days, Sega will be releasing four retro-style mini-games, all inspired by other classic franchises in one way or another, and they’re all set to be absolutely free.
The first releases on October 15 and is developed by Relic Entertainment, known for their work on Company of Heroes. It’s called Armor of Heroes and is a top-down competitive shooter that looks like it’ll be just great for couch co-op. It offers nine modes, destructive environments, and four-player PVP battles that are a real throwback to the retro tank-battle games of old.
Next up is Endless Zone, a blistering shoot ’em up inspired by Sega’s own Fantasy Zone. It releases October 16 and is developed by Amplitude, known for their work on both Endless Space and Endless Legend.
Empty Clip Studios are known for their great work on classic-style demakes on popular games and their melding of Sega’s Yakuza and Streets of Rage looks like it’ll go down as one of their best yet. Streets of Kamurocho releases October 17 and features both Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima as playable characters as they clean up the mean streets with a bit of side-scrolling beat ’em up flair.
Lastly, and perhaps most interestingly, is Golden Axed. There’s a bit of a homegrown flavour to this one has it’s something of a lost relic, a cancelled, single-level prototype attempted by Sega Studios Australia several years ago. Regrettably, the effort didn’t bear fruit and the project and studio were both shut down after its cancellation. Golden Axed will be available on October 18 with all of the games listed being delisted on October 19, so you’ll need to be quick if you’re hoping to add them to your library.
As the games are free and aren’t traditionally purchased, clicking the ‘play’ button once the games are available will add them to your library for good.