Apple demonstrated Arcade in Tuesday’s iPhone launch event, a subscription-based gaming service. This is the company’s new venture in the mobile gaming industry which is hoped to add a new revenue stream to the company’s books. It is being launched at a time when video game subscription services are becoming increasingly popular.
Apple Arcade service was initially revealed in March but no further details were disclosed except for roping in of big-name mobile developers. World’s most visionary developers including the likes of Monument Valley studio Ustwo, Alto’s Adventure creators Snowman, Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and SimCity creator Will Wright are on Apple Arcade. Apple threw up an image in the launch event showing 94 different developers who were part of Apple Arcade journey.
Apple Arcade Price and Launch
Arcade, the subscription-based gaming service will be kicked off from September 19 at a price of $4.99 per month. It will be available in more than 150 countries and regions. The subscription will be available via a new option on the App Store.
The subscription will automatically renew at $4.99 per month at the end of the one-month free trial until the subscriber cancels it. The services can be discontinued anytime from Settings at least one day before each renewal date. Apple Arcade will be available on September 19 with iOS 13, on September 30 on iPadOS and tvOS 13, and in October on macOS Catalina. The much-awaited details are finally available now on the Apple Arcade site.
Arcade can be accessed from the entire family of Apple which includes iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac and Apple TV. What makes it most interesting is that a family of six can play together anytime, anywhere and even offline. No longer is the need for family plans.
The subscribers will get the full version of every game including all updates and expansions. There will be no ads and no purchases. All this is available for a meagre amount of $4.99/month. Subscribers will have the option to choose from a catalogue of more than 100 games. Some will be exclusive to the service and not available as separate purchases. Also, some content may not be available in all areas.
“We are so excited to launch Apple Arcade on the App Store. A curated selection of over 100 new and exclusive games from many of the most innovative game developers in the world is the perfect complement to the App Store’s existing massive catalog of games,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We think customers of all ages are going to be delighted that a single subscription gives the whole family unlimited access to the full catalog of amazing Apple Arcade games, all without any ads or additional purchases, while knowing every game must meet Apple’s high privacy standards.”
For every genre be it action and adventure games to party and puzzle games, Arcade will give an option you’ll love. Unlimited access to 100+ new games is at the gamers’ disposal. It works with Screen Time and parental controls too. Yesterday Apple revealed information on select Arcade titles. This entailed all-new entries in renown franchises like Rayman and Pac-Man. The iconic ChuChu Rocket and the Dreamcast puzzle game also formed part of its list.
Apple’s Arcade faces competition from Google’s Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud. But the company will definitely adopt a different approach to stay ahead. Apple is now focussing more on traditional and casual games whereas the other two have kept their focus on the AAA gaming scene. Now with this venture, Apple can bring a change in its strategy anytime.