SEGA has announced a commitment to publishing titles on the crowd-funded Ouya Android console, starting with three Sonic the Hedgehog games.Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
and Sonic CD
will be made available on the disruptive platform a few days after its June 25 launch - on June 27. Although these games are already available on Android, these games will reportedly be optimised to use Ouya's Tegra 3 processor.
All three games will also adopt the console's free-to-try approach to game distribution. Which basically means that demo versions will be available. The first level of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
and Sonic CD
will be on offer to try, while Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
will offer the first two levels.
They will cost $6.99 each on Ouya - a higher cost than their iOS or Android counterparts (ranging from $1.99 to $3.99, depending on game and platform). Additionally, Ouya does not allow access to Android's Google Play store, choosing to curate games developed specifically for its platform.
"There were a couple of things that were exciting about Ouya," SEGA America's David Zemke said to GI.biz
. "One is obviously that it's a great gaming platform on a new device. When you get the chance to hook it up to an HDTV and watch it on a big screen, it's actually quite impressive.
"It's [also] disruptive technology, right? It's fun to see what these technologies can do and be a part of it from the beginning. For those two reasons alone, we've looked at it as yet another reason to bring some great Sega content to a whole new audience."
Zemke added that only these three games are planned for release on Ouya right now as part of the publishing deal - suggesting that SEGA is testing the water of Ouya player adoption before diving headfirst into further commitments.