Apple has launched its game subscription service called Apple Arcade that will feature exclusive games, including original releases from creators Hironobu Sakaguchi, Ken Wong, Will Wright and dozens more. This service will be available on desktop, mobile and TV via iOS, Mac, and Apple TV.
Currently, App Store has nearly 300,000 free and paid games. Apple said with the simplicity of a single subscription, Apple Arcade will bring all these games to the App Store's more than 1 billion gaming customers.
Apple is not just handpicking the games in Apple Arcade, but also contributing to the development costs and working closely with creators. 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.
“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,” said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
Apple Arcade subscription model, will allow gamers to rather than pay up front for each game, a subscription to Apple Arcade will give players the opportunity to try any game in the service without risk. Since every game includes access to the full game including all game features, content and future updates, no additional purchases will be required. Every game will be playable offline, and many games will offer support for game controllers. Because subscribers can play Apple Arcade games across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV, they can pick up where they left off in a game, even if they switch devices. New games will be added to the service on a regular basis, said the company.
Apple Arcade will launch in fall 2019 in more than 150 countries from a new tab on the App Store across iOS, macOS and tvOS.