Today during a services-focused event, Apple today announced Apple Arcade. Costing $9.99/month, the service will provide subscribers access to premium, exclusive games for iOS that would otherwise be available behind a paywall. Apple wants to make paid games more accessible as they’re unattractive sitting next to the plethora of free titles on the App Store, so hopefully, Arcade will help fix things.
With a subscription, Apple will grant users access to over 100 titles from developers such as Sega, Lego, Cartoon Network, Bossa Studios, Snowman, ustwo games, and more. The company will be hand-picking the titles that are available in the service and lend a hand in their development process, presumably to make participating in Arcade more appealing to developers. All games will be available online and offline and cross-device compatible on iOS, macOS, and tvOS.
The company provides more details in its press release.
Apple Arcade will introduce an innovative way to access a collection of brand new games that will not be available on any other mobile platform or in any other subscription service. Rather than pay up front for each game, 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.
Apple says Arcade will launch this fall in more than 150 countries. Presumably, the service will land alongside iOS 13 given the launch date. Interested developers who would like to take part in Arcade can apply here.