Apple Arcade Launches This Fall

Apple has a new games-focused subscription coming soon.

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Now Playing: Apple Announces Its New Gaming Service - GS News Update

Apple's latest big product announcement event takes place later today, September 10. It's expected to reveal the iPhone 11 line of devices, possibly among other pieces of hardware, but the company is increasingly focused on its various services. Those include the upcoming Apple Arcade, which is slated to launch this fall but hasn't been discussed in much depth since it was revealed earlier this year. We could hear more about Arcade during the Apple event today, but in the meantime, you can catch up on the original announcement and what the company shared at the time below, or check out our list of all the Apple Arcade games.

Apple is expanding its presence in the video games space with its own game subscription service called Apple Arcade--designed to provide access to a variety of titles that will be accessible on mobile, desktop, or in the living room. Unlike Google's Stadia, Apple Arcade won't be a cloud streaming service, however. A brief overview trailer of Apple Arcade is linked below, and if you're interested learning even more about it, check out everything we know about Apple Arcade.

Essentially, Apple's service takes the form of a monthly subscription that provides unlimited access to a curated selection of paid titles on the App Store, similar to Xbox's Game Pass subscription. Though Apple is known mostly for iOS games, it plans to offer Apple Arcade games on MacOS and Apple TV as well. Your progress will transfer between platforms, so you can move from one screen to another to continue your progress.

So far, confirmed development partners include Sega, Konami, Disney, Sumo Digital, and Cartoon Network, among others, and more than 100 exclusive games will become part of the service. Additional games will also be added "all the time," the company said, although an exact cadence for new releases was not shared.

Apple went on to state that every game would be playable offline, while future game updates and DLC would be included at no extra cost. Apple Arcade will have its own tab on the App Store, and the games will be free of ads and microtransactions.

Apple Arcade will be available in 150 countries "this fall." One key bit of information--how much it will cost--has not yet been shared. Apple says pricing and more details are still to come.

During the event, we got a brief look at a few of the games coming to the service, with more being confirmed afterward in a press release. Among the confirmed games are Sonic Racing, Lego Brawls, Oceanhorn 2, Overland, Fantasian (from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi), and Beyond the Steel Sky (which is being worked on by Dave Gibbons of Watchmen fame). We also got a list of Apple Arcade developers and publishers, including names like Lego, Disney, Sega, and Konami.

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Apple says it will be "contributing to the development costs and working closely with creators to bring the games to life," suggesting it will do more than just pay developers for their games to be included.

"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 Apple marking boss Phil Schiller. "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."

Unlike the recently announced Google Stadia, or PlayStation Now and Microsoft's xCloud, Apple's service is not cloud-based. The company also unveiled its new Apple TV+ service and a variety of exclusive original shows.

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ONLIVE

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Hey just getting alot games to work on 'apple os desktop', is a feat onto itself, best of luck.

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Ouya! Sign me up for some underpowered rando games.

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These so called 'exclusives' should be clarified as 'not on android' since many of these game will still be coming to other platforms like switch/pc etc.

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A sub to play some crappy mobile games I don't want to play but if I wanted to I could download and play for free anyway no thanks

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Sega? Konami? Good luck running a gaming service with those clowns providing content. The 90s are over. Didn’t you get the memo?

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Games look lame. Not subscribing.

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Basically curated to unload the less popular mobile games.

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Too rich for my blood.

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"...a curated selection of paid titles" Read...the weak and crappy games.

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@jpme226: as if mobile games aren't weak and crappy already, it'll be even more weak and crappy with this service.

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I'd rather drink from a septic tank than sub to this trash

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Because one can never have enough subscription services.

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As a PC gamer, this has nothing I am interested in.

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@Bamda: And this pretty much solidifies my decision to sell my ageing Mac Pro now, which thanks to the fanboys out there can still fetch a hefty price.

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@saikowaifu2003: I would do that ASAP!! And take the profits and invest in your current PC. LOL

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@Bamda: I’m building a second rig using the recouped money. The current PC is sponsored by my company and mostly used for company’s work, but I’d like one just for my own use. The listing is up now.

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@saikowaifu2003: I might build a new PC this year if I can find a CPU that I like.

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@Bamda: Someone just approached me offering to buy it for 2500 USD. Looks like it's off to a great start. That's more than enough to build a beastly PC.

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@saikowaifu2003: Oh hell yea, you can build an awesome PC with $2500. :)

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@Bamda: Yes though being the greedy little m**t*rf**ker I am I shall haggle a bit more with this prospective buyer :P. Can always do with a better mouse/keyboard or another spare terabyte of SSD.

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Yeah no thanks. Sorry Apple, I try to keep an open mind, but between your ridiculous costs, lame design, censorship, and so on, I just can't be into this.

Seems sort of greedy, too, like they're just doing this to get a piece of the pie, not because they actually think gaming is important or a worthy undertaking.

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This sounds way better than Stadia.

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Love the guy who said Apple wasn't mainstream.

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I have played some good games on my iPad, but most of the games I just can't get into.

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Anything from Apple is safe to stay away from.

They get you in their clutches and then try to lock you in for life..

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@chubby170: Yeap. I'm strongly considering selling off my ageing Mac Pro to fund my second PC. The relentless cluttering of my 1TB SSD for reasons unknown is more than enough.

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Isn't PS store the biggest gaming platform?

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@joey2010: No. Steam is much bigger.

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@Vojtass: What are you basing that on? Do you have statistics on that somewhere? Steam looks like it's getting a peak of about 15 million concurrent players recently, which sounds fairly high, but I'm not seeing any solid numbers for consoles anywhere.

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@rickjamesia: https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-10-24-steam-reaches-90m-monthly-active-users

https://www.vinereport.com/article/steam-record-most-concurrent-players-18-5-million/114621.htm

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@Vojtass: So where does apple store fall?

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@joey2010: Either App Store is bigger than the consoles.

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@joey2010: Apple Store is a chain of retail stores. I know little about it.

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Sounds like another “gaming” service that’s going to have a ton of crap they call games.

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@jsprunk: Ouya!!!

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Everybody is going into gaming...It reminds me of the 90's when you had every electronic company trying to launch a console...Are we entering the gaming stream war era?

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@supamastergamer: and it's good for the consumers. More options for us

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@joey2010: and hopefully it will lower costs overall

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@t_smith: People are delusional if they think this is "good for consumers" or will result in lower prices. Has the fracturing of the television market into 127 subscription streaming services been good for consumers or resulted in lower costs?

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@supamastergamer: Possibly. It almost feels like a refresh in competition.

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@nolitato: LOL. $17.000..