Starting off the Apple event today was Apple Arcade which will launch with over 100 games, starting later this September. It will be available in over 150 countries and will feature new games added each month and have personalized recommendations. Apple Arcade will be highly visible with a tab in the App Store.
Also during the event, Apple partnered with three developers to reveal new titles for its subscription service. Those are:
- Konami announced Frogger In Toy Town being developed by Q-Games
- Capcom announced Shinsekai: Into the Depths - a game focused on being underwater, and all sounds and music were recorded underwater.
- Annapurna Interactive showed off rhythm game Sayonara Wildhearts for Apple Arcade, where it will arrive alongside a Nintendo Switch version.
After the event, several companies further revealed their games are coming to Apple Arcade:
- A Fold Apart by Lightning Rod Games which we previously covered
- Jenny Leclue will be appearing on Apple Arcade alongside Steam and GOG soon, with Switch and PS4 coming later this winter
- Chucklefish Games and Hidden Later Games announced Inmost an atmospheric story-driven puzzle platformer launching September 19th on Apple Arcade
When will Apple Arcade Release?
Apple Arcade releases on September 19th, with over 100 exclusive games - exclusive in this case meaning they aren't on any other subscription service or possible to play or purchase on mobile devices. Thus, Apple Arcade exclusives will be available on other consoles (including Nintendo Switch), and PC but will not be sold separately on the App Store, on Android, or as part of Xbox Game Pass.
How much will Apple Arcade Cost?
Apple Arcade will cost $4.99 a month for the whole family to have access to Apple Arcade, and after that, there are no microtransactions or purchase needed or available for games. Additionally, no ads will be shown. There will be a one month free trial for Apple Arcade available at launch for people to see if it is worth it for them.
Who is developing for Apple Arcade?
We don't have, at this time, a full list of developers. Obviously we know about Konami, Capcom, and Annapurna but Apple revealed a back shot of many other game developers like Ubisoft, HeadUp Games, Versus Evil, Square Enix, Sega, and more. You can see a list of announced games for Apple Arcade on this website
detailing the service more, including titles like Shantae 5
from Wayforward coming to the subscription service.