Indian telecom company Reliance Jio has announced a partnership with Sega to bring the latter’s games to the Jio Games Store. Two games announced for mobiles as part of this partnership include Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and Streets of Rage 3.
Games released to the Jio Games Store as part of this partnership will be localised for India, and be thoroughly customised to run well on Jio’s hardware. Localisation efforts for the first two releases include Hindi and Tamil language options.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Streets of Rage 3 will be available on Jio’s setp top boxes, as well as the JioPhone. Both games will be released in a staggered manner, with JioFiber users getting access to the games first.
As part of the parntership, Jio is largely handling distribution of the games, while the development, localisation, and content of all games will be managed by Sega itself.
It will be interesting to see more games come out as part of the partnership. Owing to the relatively low power in Jio’s set top boxes and JioPhones, we expect the vast majority of Sega releases on the Jio Games Store to be ports of games from the Sega Mega Drive era. Don’t expect a modern Total War game to make its way to the Jio Games Store any time soon.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2, as its name might imply, is a sequel to the classic Sonic the Hedgehog. It is a side-scrolling game that was essentially the flagship release for Sega’s consoles back in the day. Conversely, Streets of Rage 3 is the lesser-known release for India. It is a side-scrolling beat ’em up known for its complex controls and great pixel art.