Apple has announced Apple Arcade, a game subscription service that will feature over 100 new and exclusive games, including original releases from Hironobu Sakaguchi, Ken Wong, Will Wright, and “dozens” more. Every game is all-you-can-play, ad-free and without additional purchases, and playable offline. The service will launch across iOS, macOS, and tvOS devices this fall in over 150 countries.
Apple is handpicking the Apple Arcade games lineup, as well as working closely with developers by contributing to development costs to bring said games to life. The service will feature titles from Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid Studios, Klei Entertainment, Konami, Lego, Mistwalker Corporation, Sega, Snowman, Ustwo Games, and “dozens” more.
Highlighted games for the service include:
Beyond a Steel Sky (Revolution Software)
Welcome to the dystopia known as Union City. This highly anticipated sequel to the 1994 cyberpunk science-fiction point-and-click adventure game challenges you with thrilling puzzles and compelling characters as you try to hack the city’s AI system.
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Enter The Construct (Directive Games Limited)
Fantasian (Mistwalker Corporation)
A new game from the creator of Final Fantasy. Mistwalker Corporation built real world dioramas, which were then photographed, and added 3D characters and effects. Sakaguchi said, “I’m a little scared of how many sets we are going to have to build in the end.”
Hot Lava (Klei Entertainment)
Don’t. Touch. The. Floor. Because it’s lava. So run, jump, climb, and surf — on your own or with friends — in a nostalgic game that will transport you back to your childhood.
LEGO Brawls (LEGO / Red Games)
The blocks will fly in this multiplayer brawler set in the LEGO universe. Players create their own characters, collaborate with teammates to build and control machines, and battle to win.
Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm (Cornfox & Brothers)
Set 1000 years before the original Oceanhorn, this is a completely re-imagined world of knights and treasure-filled dungeons. Breathtaking visuals and new tactical abilities make it engaging for players of all kinds.
The Pathless (Annapurna Interactive / Giant Squid Studios)
In this surreal and mythic adventure, a hunter and an eagle explore a vast forested island to dispel a curse that grips the world. It’s a cinematic blend of action and story, all set in a stunning, dreamlike landscape.
Projection: First Light (Blowfish Studios)
Sonic Racing (Sega / Hardlight Studios)
Where Cards Fall (Snowman)
A captivating narrative puzzle that’s also a compelling coming-of-age story. Our hero navigates the insecurities and emotions of high school and beyond, creating pathways and overcoming obstacles.
Other games curated for Apple Arcade include:
- The Artful Escape (Annapurna Interactive / Beethoven & Dinosaur)
- ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree (Wildboy Studios)
- The Bradwell Conspiracy (Bossa Studios / A Brave Plan)
- Cardpocalpyse (Versus Evil / Gambrinous)
- Doomsday Vault (Flightless)
- Down in Bermuda (Yak & Co.)
- Box Project (Aquiris)
- Frogger in Toy Town (Konami)
- HitchHiker (Versus Evil / Mad About Pandas)
- Kings of the Castle (Frosty Pop)
- LEGO Arthouse (LEGO System A/S)
- Lifelike (Kunabi Brother)
- Little Orpheus (Sumo Digital / The Chinese Room)
- Monomals (Picomy)
- Mr. Turtle (Illusion Labs)
- No Way Home (SMG Studio)
- Overland (Finji)
- Repair (Ustwo Games)
- Sayonara Wild Hearts (Annapurna Interactive / Simogo)
- Sneaky Sasquatch (RAC7)
- Spidersaurus (WayForward)
- UFO on Tape: First Contact (Revolutionary Concepts)
- Winding Worlds (KO_OP)
- Yaga (Versus Evil / Breadcrumbs Interactive)
In a press release, Apple senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said, “The App Store is the world’s biggest and most successful game platform. Now we are going to take games even further with Apple Arcade, the first game subscription service for mobile, desktop and the living room. We are working with some of the most innovative game developers in the world to create over 100 new and exclusive games to play across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. Apple Arcade games will be great for families, respect user privacy and will not have ads or require any additional purchases. We think players of all ages are going to love Apple Arcade.”
Watch a pair of reveal trailers below. Visit the official website here.