The days of the demo seemed to be over, but Sega are determined to bring it back. The publisher has teamed up with GameSessions, a company that provides digital downloads with free trials that can be played before paying to unlock the full game.
Sega will start will a set of games that represent their broad portfolio, with the first games on offer being Football Manager 2015, Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault, Sonic Generations and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine.
“Partnering with GameSessions gives us access to a delivery mechanism we’ve not previously had access to and allows players the unique opportunity to try SEGA products before purchasing,” said Peter Chan, Business Development Director – Technology and Services at SEGA Europe Ltd. “The partnership will allow SEGA to reach more players in emerging markets such as Brazil and Mexico, where there are a large number of committed PC gamers and this represents a fantastic opportunity to reach new players and audiences.”
“We are delighted to have SEGA on board with such high quality games,” said Ed French, CEO of GameSessions. “GameSessions’ unique technologies let you start playing sooner, benchmark your hardware against available releases, and then let you purchase instantly whilst keeping your saved progress right through to receiving the final Steam copy. Our experience is that quality content like SEGA’s will encourage many trials and subsequently, monetize strongly.”
Heading to the GameSessions website right now will allow you to play Sega’s games. Football Manager has a 180 minute trial, whilst Company of Heroes can be played for 240 minutes.