Apple Arcade is a new video game subscription service from Apple. It will have more than 180 games, some of which will be exclusive to the service and include titles from studios such as Sega, Konami, Annapurna Interactive, and Tequila Works.
Users can play for free for up to 10 hours per month or pay $4.99 per month for unlimited access. The service has no ads and saves progress across devices with iCloud sync; it also supports multiplayer gaming on iOS 13 using the same account. Apple Arcade launches in beta this fall with an invitation-only preview period followed by a public release in 2020; pricing starts at $4.99 monthly (or $49 annually) for unlimited access.
How Will Apple Arcade Work
The app will have a “Watch” tab that offers trailers for games, “Ride” tabs with tips on how to play each game, and the option to rate each game with Apple’s own 5-star metric or share via social media. And when playing Apple Arcade titles, users can switch devices using iCloud sync to continue where they left off. For example, if you are playing on your iPhone, but need to hand it off to someone else who needs it for 10 minutes, you’ll be able to pick up right where you left off on another device. Gamers can also invite friends in multiple online multiplayer games simultaneously in different rooms on different devices without getting booted off.
Apple Arcade Content
Apple Arcade will have over 180 exclusive titles available at launch, with each game offered for a limited time before entering the general app store. One of the games is “God of War” MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) “Twilight Fight”, which allows players to take on Kratos, Atreus, The Witch, and other characters in battles lasting about 15 minutes.
Some titles are already available in beta through Apple’s TestFlight service, including Sega’s “Sonic the Hedgehog 2”; Konami’s “Frogger in Toy Town”; Annapurna Interactive’s “Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey”; Tequila Works’ “Spirits of Aztec”; and “UFO on Tape”, a co-production with Nexon. There are also dozens of games from Chinese developer Chukong Technologies, including “Milkmaid of the Milky Way” and “Space Junkies”.
Apple Arcade Pricing
The subscription service is $4.99 monthly (or $49 annually) for unlimited access, but users can play free up to 10 hours per month or 30 minutes per day before being logged out. Apple Arcade will be available in more than 150 countries at launch.
What To Expect In The Future
Since Apple Arcade will be a subscription-based service, it makes sense for there to be some free content. The company has been offering the Mac and iPhone versions of “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” in TestFlight previews since last year already, but in May, a new version without a time limit was released in beta testing with early access for gamers.
The fact that Nintendo is reportedly developing its own video game streaming service probably pushed Apple into action because nothing beats having exclusive titles if you want people to pay for your services. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that games such as “God of War” or others from Sega, Konami, Annapurna Interactive, Tequila Works etc. will have sequels or stay exclusive to Apple Arcade for more than a year, which is why some gamers might not see the value in paying a monthly fee for something that’s available elsewhere.
However, since Apple kept its cards close to its chest when it comes to online services and announced things out of nowhere after years of speculation, we can’t really blame gamers who refuse to get their hopes up prematurely. In any case, there are worse ways you could spend $5 per month if you’re interested in games from Sega, Konami etc., especially since Nintendo Switch Online costs around $20 per year.