Apple and gaming.
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.
[Update: The event kicked off with a section dedicated to some of the new games coming to Arcade. We also got an Apple Arcade price and release date: It's coming on September 19 for $5 per month. A free trial will be available, and among the new games coming to the service is a revamped and much different-looking take on Frogger. We also learned about the new line of iPhones, including the iPhone 11, a new Apple Watch, and a new iPad.]
Apple Event News
Apple is expanding its presence in the games industry. At an event where it also announced Apple TV Plus, the company unveiled a new game subscription service called Apple Arcade, which sounds almost like Apple's take on Xbox Game Pass. It's one of a variety of subscription-based services Apple will offer consumers, with others including Apple News Plus and the aforementioned TV Plus. With free-to-play games largely dominating the mobile games space, with a few notable exceptions such as Minecraft, Arcade effectively serves as a way to highlight and distribute premium games in a new way.
Below we've gathered everything we know about Apple Arcade, including its release date window, what games are confirmed for the service, and more. Be sure to check back often as we update this feature with even more new details regarding Apple Arcade.
What Is Apple Arcade?
Apple Arcade is the tech giant's gaming subscription service designed for mobile, desktop, and the living room. It takes the form of a monthly subscription that provides unlimited access to a curated selection of paid games on the App Store. It's not totally unlike Xbox Game Pass, although Arcade games will offer full access to all updates and DLC.
When Is Apple Arcade's Release Date And What's The Monthly Price?
At its September 10 event, Apple confirmed a price of $5 per month in the US, with a free month-long trial available. Its release date is set for September 19.
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Which Devices Does Apple Arcade Support?
It will support games across iOS devices (both iPhones and iPads), MacOS, and Apple TV, and you'll be able to transfer your progress between different platforms. Essentially, you can move from playing something on your phone to your TV or laptop, for instance.
What Games Are On Apple Arcade?
Currently, development partners Sega, Konami, Disney, Sumo Digital, Cartoon Network, and more are all signed on to contribute games to the service. There's confirmed to be more than 100 exclusive games at launch with more promised to be added. Below you can find a list of all the games confirmed on the service so far, but if you want details about what each game is, be sure to check out our comprehensive games roundup feature (coming soon).
- ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree
- Beyond a Steel Sky
- Doomsday Vault
- Down in Bermuda
- Enter The Construct
- Frogger in Toy Town
- Hot Lava
- Kings of the Castle
- LEGO Brawls
- Lega Arthouse, Cardpocalypse
- Mr. Turtle
- No Way Home
- Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm
- Projection: First Light
- Sayonara Wild Hearts
- Sneaky Sasquatch
- Sonic Racing
- The Bradwell Conspiracy
- The Pathless
- UFA on Tape: First Contact
- Where Cards Fall
- Winding Worlds
Does It Offer Offline Play?
Apple Arcade isn't a cloud-based streaming service, which means you can download and play games offline. This stands in direct contrast to Google's cloud-based Stadia game streaming platform, which the company said can't run offline.