Apple has announced its own game subscription service, which some are calling a response to Google Stadia and other cloud and subscription-based game services. Dubbed Apple Arcade, this new service is designed to offer what Apple is describing as a curated collection of games.
According to Apple’s Ann Thai, this service will grant subscribers access to over 100 new titles, including games that won’t be available anywhere else. While the full list of games that will be available as part of this service hasn’t been revealed yet, it has been confirmed that it will include titles from the likes of Hironobu Sakaguchi (creator of the Final Fantasy franchise), and developers like Konami, Platinum Games, Sumo Digital, and dozens of other partners that Apple mentioned during the event as well as more partners which will (theoretically) be added later.
Much like Google Stadia, Apple Arcade will work across multiple devices. The catch, as you probably guessed, is that it will only work on Apple devices like the Apple TV, the iPhone, the iPad, and Mac. While these games will not be streamable from the cloud (it’s actually somewhat similar to Xbox Game Pass), it will include a family sharing option as part of the price of the service and will also allow you to play all included games offline. The latter is made possible through the ability to download all games included with the service.
This is quite an interesting announcement for several reasons. While this isn’t a direct competitor to Google Stadia in terms of the service’s functionality, it is in the sense that both services represent the efforts of two tech giants who are trying to break into the games service industry in a big way. It also represents one of the first notable competitors to what Microsoft offers via Game Pass. Apple jumping on that particular bandwagon makes us all the more confident that Game Pass really is Microsoft’s future, and makes us that much more interested to see what Microsoft has in store with Project xCloud.
Here is everything else we know about Apple Arcade:
Apple Arcade Release Date
Apple Arcade will be available in over 150 countries starting on September 19. It will be available for iPhone, iPads, Apple TV, and Macs.
Apple Arcade Price
Apple Arcade will offer a family subscription plan for $4.99 a month. There will also be a one month free trial period for new subscribers.
Apple Arcade Games
Apple has stated that Apple Arcade will allow subscribers to access over 100 exclusive games. Studios such as Konami, Capcom, Ustwo, and Snowman will all contribute games to the service. Here’s a running list of the games coming to the service.
Agent Intercept (PikPok)Assemble With Care (usTwo)ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree (Wildboy Studios)Big Time Sports (Frosty Pop)Bleak Sword (Devolver Digital)Card of Darkness (Zach Gage)Cat Quest II (The Gentlebros)Cricket Through the Ages (Devolver Digital)Dead End Job (Headup)Dear Reader (Local No. 12)Dodo Peak (Moving Pieces)Don’t Bug Me! (Frosty Pop)Dread Nautical (Zen Studios)Exit the Gungeon (Devolver Digital)Explottens (Werplay Priv.)Frogger in Toy Town (Konami)Grindstone (Capybara Games)Hot Lava (Klei Entertainment)King’s League II (Kurechii)LEGO Brawls (LEGO)Lifeslide (Block Zero Games)Mini Motorways (Dinosaur Polo Club)Mutazione (Die Gute Fabrik)Neo Cab (Surprise Attack Games)Oceanhorn 2 (Cornfox & Bros)Operator 41 (Shifty Eye Games)Over the Alps (Stave Studios)Overland (Finji)Patterned (Borderleap)Projection: First Light (Blowfish Studios)Punch Planet (Block Zero Games)Rayman Mini (Ubisoft)Red Reign (Ninja Kiwi)Sayonara Wild Hearts (Annapurna)Shantae and the Seven Sirens (WayForward Technologies)Shinsekai Into the Depths (Capcom)Skate City (Snowman)Sneaky Sasquatch (Rac7 Games)Spaceland (Tortuga Team)Speed Demons (Radiangames)Spek. (Rac7 Games)Spelldrifter (Free Range Games)Stellar Commanders (Blindflug Studios)Tangle Tower (SFB Games)The Enchanted World (Noodlecake Studios)The Get Out Kids (Frosty Pop)The Pinball Wizard (Frosty Pop)Tint. (Lykke Studios)Various Daylife (Square Enix)Way of the Turtle (Illusion Labs)WHAT THE GOLF? (The Label)Where Cards Fall (Snowman)Word Laces (Minimega)
Apple Arcade Trailer
Here’s the debut trailer for the Apple Arcade service: