SEGA Mega Drive Classics Hub adds Steam Workshop support to Mega Drive games
The Sega Mega Drive Catalogue (also known as the Genesis Catalogue in North America) is getting a new update which will add Steam Workshop support to Mega Drive games.
The Mega Drive Catalogue has been available on Steam for a while now, but this latest update is significant as according to SEGA it will allow players "to share modified versions of your favourite retro Sega titles".
The Mega Drive Classics Hub will essentially act as a fancy way to access any Mega Drive games you already own on Steam, with the added benefit of supporting mods through Steam Workshop.
SEGA say the update is based on a bedroom of an early nineties SEGA fan and that the revamped interface includes dynamic time-of-day conditions, retro SEGA paraphernalia, a shelf full of MEGA Drive games and (naturally) a CRT television.
The Mega Drive Classics Hub launches on April 28th 2016, and should be great news for anybody who likes to play around with older games.
It will also bring local coop, optional graphical enhancement and full controller and keyboard support to many classic Mega Drive titles.
The update could also be the first time any major console or console game maker has explicitly given its consent for the distribution of modified copies of its classic titles in any form. Traditionally this, along with the emulation of classic console games, has been something that was looked down upon and considered as piracy, rather than something to embrace as a potential revenue stream.
For a full list of supported games, see SEGA's official announcement.
To celebrate the launch, SEGA has also produced a short video which explains what features the Mega Drive Classics Hub update will bring: