Later this month, Apple will launch its gaming service Apple Arcade. It will offer access to more than 100 games for 5 dollars per month for the whole family
Apple's gaming service
Apple Arcade is not a game streaming service like Google Stadia. Instead, you must download games onto your Apple TV, Mac, iPad or iPhone. In that sense it is more similar to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass service.
Apple has been eager to emphasize out that Arcade is the first gaming service to span TV, mobile, and desktop. You can access the full library of games at home and on the run.
- "We are so excited to launch Apple Arcade on the App Store. A curated selection of over 100 new and exclusive games from many of the most innovative game developers in the world is the perfect complement to the App Store’s existing massive catalog of games," said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "We think customers of all ages are going to be delighted that a single subscription gives the whole family unlimited access to the full catalog of amazing Apple Arcade games, all without any ads or additional purchases, while knowing every game must meet Apple’s high privacy standards."
At launch, more than 100 games will be included in the library. All titles are exclusive and will not be available on competing services. Arcade will be ad-free and there are no additional in-app purchases required. With the next tvOS update, users will also be able to connect Xbox and PlayStation game controllers to Apple TV.
Apple highlighted three new games on stage. In Frogger in Toy Town from Konami you control a frog that you must navigate through a world of obstacles. In Shinsekai: Into the Depths from Capcom you control humanity's last survivor in a quest to survive in an underwater world. Sayonara Wild Hearts from Annapurna is a "playable music video"
Apple Arcade will be accessible from a new tab in the app store. It will offer games from various genres.
Based on the game demos so far, PlayStation and Xbox will remain the go-to consoles. With Arcade, Apple appears to be focusing mainly on mobile-class gaming rather than console-class gaming. However, over time it is easy to see Apple move upmarket.
Apple Arcade will launch in over 150 countries on September 19 on iPhone, September 30 on iPad and Apple TV, and in October on Mac. It will cost 5 dollars per month (5 Euro per month in Europe) after a free one month trial. This will give you and up to six family members access to the full library of games.
Apple Arcade - confirmed games
From action and adventure games to party and puzzle games, everyone can count on finding something they’ll love. Some of the titles debuting on Apple Arcade include:
Ballistic Baseball from Gameloft, is an action-packed arcade baseball game that captures the intense battle between pitcher and batter in live head-to-head multiplayer matches.
ChuChu Rocket! Universe explodes as Sega launches the beloved ChuChus into a universe of strange and wonderful planets with over 100 mind-bending puzzles.
In Exit the Gungeon from Devolver, players must escape a collapsing hell dungeon as increasingly perilous obstacles and opponents stand in their way.
Overland from Finji, is a post-apocalyptic road trip adventure where players fight dangerous creatures, rescue stranded travelers and scavenge for supplies to survive.
PAC-MAN PARTY ROYALE from Bandai Namco, is a brand-new arcade experience featuring a four-player Battle Mode where the last PAC-MAN standing wins.
In Projection: First Light from Blowfish, players follow the adventures of Greta, a girl living in a mythological shadow puppet world as she embarks on a journey of self-enlightenment, helped by legendary heroes from ancient cultures along the way.
In Rayman Mini from Ubisoft, Rayman has been reduced to the size of an ant! Players use insects, mushrooms and plants to run through the world as quickly as possible or try over and over again to achieve the perfect score.
In Shantae and the Seven Sirens from WayForward, players explore a vast sunken city and battle the Seven Sirens in the Half-Genie’s most thrilling adventure yet.
Skate City from Snowman brings the heart and soul of street skating to life with multi-touch controls as city streets become the ultimate skater playground.
In Sneaky Sasquatch from RAC7, players live the life of a Sasquatch and do regular, everyday Sasquatch stuff like sneaking around in disguise, raiding coolers and picnic baskets, playing golf and more.
Steven Universe: Unleash the Light, is an original Cartoon Network game, co-written by Rebecca Sugar, where players pick their favorite characters, choose which Gems are in their party, unlock awesome new abilities and equip alternate costumes in the ultimate mobile role-playing game (RPG).
Super Impossible Road from Rogue Games, is a futuristic, high-speed racing game where players master hairpin turns on courses that twist and coil over beautiful galactic backdrops.
The Bradwell Conspiracy from Bossa, is a beautifully stylized conspiracy adventure thriller with a humorous twist.
In The Enchanted World from Noodlecake, players help a young fairy piece together a magical world torn apart by dark forces.
Various Daylife from Square Enix, is a brand-new RPG from the creators of 'Bravely Default' and 'Octopath Traveler'. In the year 211 of the Imperial Era, players explore a newly discovered continent while living life to the fullest in the city of Erebia.