Apple Arcade is a new gaming subscription service from Apple, which will work across the likes of iPhone, MacBook and iPad and other devices from the company.
Plenty of information was unveiled during today’s long-awaited Apple event including the release date, pricing and a handful of varied games coming to the service. We’ve compiled everything you need to know below.
Apple Arcade at iPhone 11 Event – All the big announcements
Apple Arcade kicked off today’s long-awaited iPhone 11 event, showcasing some exciting announcements such as new ‘Featured Tab’ alongside another section which provides trailers, editorial insight and sneak peeks at upcoming titles.
Konami also announced a new iteration of classic arcade experience – Frogger, which seems like a reboot of sorts coming to Apple Arcade. It will include a bunch of distinct levels, customisation options and modes of progression that should make it an enjoyable ride on Apple devices.
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Capcom’s Shin Sekai: Into The Depths was also announced, a claustrophic experience taking place underwater where you must navigate dangerous waters, fighting evil creatures and trying your best to stay alive. Once again, it’s coming at launch to Apple Arcade.
Finally, Annapurna Interactive announced Sayonara Wild Hearts, which easily looks like the best of the bunch. It’s both a stylish, on-rails vehicle experience and a groovy rhythm experience, and might be one of the highlights of Apple Arcade.
What is Apple Arcade?
Apple Arcade is a video game subscription service which gains you access to over 100 titles on iOS devices for a monthly fee. That means you can swap between the likes of your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV mid-game and pick up where you left off.
So far Apple has confirmed a handful of titles including Sonic Racing, LEGO Brawls and Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, with 100 set to debut in the coming months both around and after its September launch.
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Every title in the subscription service will be playable offline, so you’ll be able to keep on gaming whether you’re on underground on the Tube or up in the sky on a plane. Such an approach is very different to Google Stadia and Project xCloud, which stream games online via the cloud.
Apple Arcade will also apparently have no adverts, and games will be fully featured from launch so there will be no DLC arriving at a later date demanding extra money. Apple also confirmed there will be no ad tracking within the service, prioritising user privacy.
Apple Arcade Release Date – When will Apple Arcade launch?
Apple Arcade will be available in over 150 countries around the world on September 19 with hundreds of games coming to the family of devices in the weeks and months that follow.
Apple Arcade Price – How much will Apple Arcade cost?
Apple Arcade will be $4.99 (around £4.10) per month, and new users can gain access to a one month free trial at launch.
Given both the quality and quantity of experiences set to be available on Apple Arcade, that’s quite an impressive price if you own a handful of Apple devices.
Apple Arcade Games – New games confirmed at this week’s event
Following today’s Apple Event, the company has unveiled a number of new exclusive games coming to Apple Arcade at launch and the weeks and months to follow. We’ve compiled some of the highlights alongside their descriptions below:
- 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.
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- 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.