Apple recently launched a gaming subscription service, Apple Arcade, will brand new, original games from Indie Developers, Major Studios and Hironobu Sakaguchi, Ken Wong and Will Wright.
The Apple Arcade will launch in fall 2019 in more than 150 countries available on a new tab in the Apps store.
The service will feature more than 100 new and exclusive games that are curated on “originality, quality, creativity, fun and their appeal to players of all ages.” The games are all-you-can-play and have no ads, ad tracking or no requirements for additional purchases. The App Store currently has nearly 300,000 free and paid games users can choose from, and Apple states that the new service will bring these games to more than 1 billion customers.
“The App Store is the world’s biggest and most successful game platform. Now we are going to take games even further with Apple Arcade, the first game subscription service for mobile, desktop and the living room,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We are working with some of the most innovative game developers in the world to create over 100 new and exclusive games to play across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. Apple Arcade games will be great for families, respect user privacy and will not have ads or require any additional purchases. We think players of all ages are going to love Apple Arcade.”
One of the best parts about Apple Arcade is the feature that allows users to play games while offline. Subscribers can use the app to play across multiple devices, from their iMac, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. The service will also add new games regularly.
Part of the Apple Arcade experience includes the company’s contribution to game development and working close to developers while games are in the works.
“Made by some of the most critically acclaimed game developers in the world, Apple Arcade games will entertain customers with incredibly fun gameplay and immersive stories, while capturing imaginations with original art and music,” Apple wrote in a press release. “The service will feature games from Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, LEGO, Mistwalker Corporation, SEGA, Snowman, ustwo games and dozens more.”
The app also allows for up to six family members to access the service. Some of the games apple announced will be on the service include “The Pathless,” “Lego Brawls,” “Hot Lava,” and “Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm.”