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Apple says it will house over 100 “new and exclusive games” at launch, with more titles set to be added regularly. These games won’t be available on any other mobile platform or in any other subscription service, and they won’t feature advertisements or microtransactions.
Every game will be playable offline, and many will support game controllers. Users will be able to play titles across multiple devices, enabling them to start a game on one platform, then resume their game session on another.
Rather than just curating the games available, Apple says it’s “contributing to the development costs and working closely with creators to bring the games to life”.
Confirmed titles showcased in the trailer below include The Chinese Room’s Little Orpheus, Mistwalker’s Fantasian, Revolution Software’s Beyond a Steel Sky, Klei Entertainment’s Hot Lava, Lego Brawls, Sonic Racing, Frogger in Toy Town, and Giant Squid’s The Pathless. Apple Arcade will also feature original games from Sims creator Will Wright and Florence studio Mountains.
“The App Store is the world’s most successful and vibrant gaming platform with nearly 300,000 free and paid games,” Apple claimed. “Free games, supported by advertising or in-app purchases, are enjoyed by hundreds of millions of players around the world.
“Paid games are often critically acclaimed and beloved by the people who play them, but competing with free is hard, so even the best of these games have only reached a smaller audience. With the simplicity of a single subscription, Apple Arcade will bring games like these to the App Store’s more than one billion gaming customers.”