Post by KostaAndreadis @ 12:34pm 26/03/19 | 1 Comments
Including mobile, tablet, Mac, and Apple TV devices. So yeah, anything that features the Apple logo on it. Or, Tim Apple's surname. As a subscription service Apple Arcade will offer curated releases from celebrated indie developers, new titles, as well as new projects from veteran designers including Hironobu Sakaguchi (Final Fantasy), Ken Wong (Monument Valley) and Will Wright (Sim City).
“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.”
Making special mention of privacy and no in-game ads makes sense when building a new service on top of the App Store. As per the press release Apple notes that paid titles on the App Store, even those critically acclaimed, often struggle compared to the free-to-play market. And so Apple Arcade will curate and feature a wide range of games, with Apple also contributing to development costs. Developers and publishers already partnered include Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, LEGO, Mistwalker Corporation, SEGA, Snowman, ustwo games, and more.
The sizzle reel, as seen above, showcases a number of titles expected to hit the service when it launches later in the year in more than 150 countries - with Apple Arcade set to become a new App Store tab across iOS, macOS and tvOS. As with Xbox Game Pass game are expected to be downloaded as opposed to streamed, with Apple noting that all games will be playable offline. Apple also makes a note that each game will be the full experience with no additional purchases required.