Apple Announces Apple Arcade, A New Game Subscription Program
So it’s that time of year again, and with the wrap of the Apple Keynote live from the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, the tech company has announced a new gaming subscription service. It’s called Apple Arcade and will encompass games across the platforms of iOS, Mac, and Apple TV.
Apple Arcade will integrate widely with iOS devices, featuring more than 100 games across a variety of genres, with each game being compatible with multiple devices. All games will be available for play offline and you can transfer your games across multiple devices seamlessly. You can transfer save games and other data between devices as well. So if you want to switch from playing on your iPhone to playing on your iMac, you have that option if you want it.
Games will mostly be indie titles, many of which have already jumped onto the App Store, and will include a few titles like Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, The Pathless, Sonic Racing, Beyond a Steel Sky, and many others. Apple is also planning to bring on a bunch of big-hitter names in the games industry to make games for the service. As part of the keynote, Apple confirmed that creators like Hironobu Sakaguchi (Final Fantasy), Ken Wong, and Will Wright (The Sims) will be on hand to create custom games. No word yet on what those games will be or what the gameplay and performance will be like. Although considering that the games will be built for less-powerful iOS systems, it’s likely we’ll see games built for Apple TVs, so it will be pretty easy to run them.
You can check out a few of the videos previewing the service, and some of the games included on it, down below.
Apple Arcade is due to launch sometime in Fall 2019.
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