What Is Apple’s Arcade? An Exciting New Game Subscription Service for Gamers?
Recently Apple held an event to announce Apple Arcade. Described as a subscription gaming service, Apple Arcade will go live on September 19th. The subscription price will be $4.99 per month and will support the Apple Family Sharing plan. To get people interested in Apple Arcade, there will be a limited time one month free trial for subscribers.
Initially announced back in March of this year, Apple Arcade really hasn’t been explained much until now. Apple Arcade is not a game streaming service which seems to be the buzz word in the gaming world today. Instead, Apple Arcade is more similar to Xbox Game Pass or EA Access. Apple Arcade gives subscribers full access to 100 Apple exclusive games to play.
By going into the Apple Store, Arcade subscribers are allowed to download and play these games on any Apple device. While playing these games, Apple Arcade subscribers will be treated to add-free gameplay. Apple Arcade subscribers are also allowed to resume gameplay across the different Apple devices they own.
While the complete listing of games hasn’t been announced as of yet, there are some big developers involved. Game developers like Capcom, Konami, Cartoon Network, SEGA, and more are said to be bringing original exclusive titles to Apple Arcade.
Why Is Apple Arcade Significant?
In the gaming market, there are a ton of options that exist and that are coming. Mobile gaming is a huge piece of the market. Apple Arcade’s large game list looks to be a value added option for mobile gamers. As competition, there have been talks about new game streaming services coming to market. Game streaming services like Google’s Stadia, Nvidia’s GeForce Now, and Playstation Now all require an online connection. The idea is to eliminate the need for expensive console hardware and allow the gamer to play their games on the go.
The biggest issue with the ‘game streaming’ strategy is the unreliability of internet access and speeds around the world. In the United States, internet access and speeds are unreliable. Gamers would prefer and need to have reliable fast connections as they move about during multiplayer games. Still, those who do have fast and reliable service would be treated to games like Destiny 2, Madden, NBA 2K20, Grand Theft Auto V, and more on the go.
Apple Arcade is different in that it offers a host of games that can be played online and offline. Not only that, these games are all exclusive to Apple iOS. While the complete +100 game listing hasn’t been shown, there is certainly a respectable listing of developers working on exclusive games.
With Apple’s large list of devices (and users), this game service could be a big deal. If the quality and size of the games on Arcade are enticing enough, this service could be a big hit with parents. With this subscription, parents could possibly get their kids to tone down their reliance on free to play games that are littered with micro-transactions. Instead, they could shuffle through a listing of over a hundred games that are fully featured offerings. With the number of families that have Apple devices, Apple Arcade looks to be an inviting option.
Here’s a partial listing of what has been announced:
– Hitchhiker (Versus Evil)
– No Way Home (SMG Studio)
– Monomals (Picomy)
– Projection: First Light (Blowfish Studios)
– Enter The Construct (Directive Games Limited)
– Sayonara Wild Hearts (Annapurna Interactive)
– Yaga (Versus Evil)
– Lego Arthouse
– Frogger in Toy Town (Konami)
– Cardpocalypse (Versus Evil)
– Sonic Racing (SEGA)
– Exit The Gungeon (Devolver)
– Pac-Man Party Royale (Bandai Namco)
– Rayman Mini (Ubisoft)
– Steven Universe: Unleash The Light (Cartoon Network)
– Shantae and the Seven Sirens (WayForward)
– Shinsekai: Into The Depths (Capcom)
– Beyond A Steel Sky (Revolution Software)
At the moment, the only drawback with Arcade is name recognition. It will be interesting to see how desired these games will be for core gamers. Arcade will need to have a big name title with a lot of features or buzz to warrant dropping 5 dollars a month to play. At least with the free to play structure you can pay here and there or you can just stop playing and find another free game to try out.
Apple Arcade will be available on all Apple devices on September 19th, 2019 for $4.99 a month.