Apple’s subs-based games service launches this fall

Apple Arcade will be a game subscription service offering new and exclusive games, including original releases from renowned creators Hironobu Sakaguchi, Ken Wong, Will Wright and dozens more.

What is Apple Arcade?

You’ll be able to play anything you like on all your Apple devices for one set monthly free.

You’ll also be able to share these with your family, and no ads or personal information is tracked. Games will be curated based on originality, quality, creativity, fun and their appeal to players of all ages.

Apple is not just handpicking the games in Apple Arcade, but also contributing to the development costs and working closely with creators to bring the games to life.

This means you can expect 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 innovation games

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.”

What will you get?

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 experience, 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.

When will you get it?

The service will launch in over 150 countries in fall 2019. It will be available through a new tab via the App Store across iOS, macOS and tvOS.

Developers interested in being considered for Apple Arcade should visit developer.apple.com/apple-arcade. Pricing remains to be announced.

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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