Apple Arcade subscription offers 100+ games for $4.99/month on Sept. 19 [Updated]

 arstechnica.com  09/10/2019 17:20:18  4  Kyle Orland
  • A selection of Apple Arcade exclusives -- Pac-Man Battle Royale: "a brand-new arcade experience featuring a four-player Battle Mode where the last Pac-Man standing wins."
  • Rayman Mini: "Rayman has been reduced to the size of an ant! Players use insects, mushrooms and plants to run through the world as quickly as possible or try over and over again to achieve the perfect score."
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens: "players explore a vast sunken city and battle the Seven Sirens in the Half-Genies most thrilling adventure yet."
  • Steven Universe: Unleash the Light: "players pick their favorite characters, choose which Gems are in their party, unlock awesome new abilities and equip alternate costumes in the ultimate mobile RPG."
  • Super Impossible Road: "a futuristic, high-speed racing game where players master hairpin turns on courses that twist and coil over beautiful galactic backdrops."
  • Ballistic Baseball: "an action-packed arcade baseball game that captures the intense battle between pitcher and batter in live head-to-head multiplayer matches."
  • Chu Chu Rocket! Universe: a universe of strange and wonderful planets with over 100 mind-bending puzzles.
  • Exit the Gungeon: "players must escape a collapsing hell dungeon as increasingly perilous obstacles and opponents stand in their way."
  • Frogger in Toy Town puts the classic arcade character into a new overhead platforming world.
  • Snowman's Skate City might not be a new skate game, but it looks pretty close.
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts is a "playable music video" according to publisher annapurna
  • Shinsekai: Into the Depths, coming to Apple Arcade from Capcom.
  • We got a brief peek at Shinsekai: Into the Depths' controls on iPad.
  • We don't know how many of these publishers will have Apple Arcade games ready by the September 19 launch, but it certainly looks like a beefy list of game makers.


Months after Apple Arcade was first unveiled, Apple announced today that the all-you-can-play service will launch on Sept. 19 in "over 150 countries."

The service will be price of $4.99 per month for a family subscription serving up to six people, and a one-month free trial will be available. That subscription provides access to over 100 games across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV, Apple says, all of which feature no ads or in-app purchases and are all playable offline with a single subscription. New games will be added to the selection monthly, and Apple said none of them will be available on other mobile platforms or subscription services.

At the keynote, Apple highlighted three specific games that will be available on the service. Konami's Frogger in Toy Town is an isometric platform game reminiscent of the best-selling series for the original PlayStation. Capcom's Shinsekai: Into the Depths promises what Apple calls "console-quality graphics and gameplay" in a "beautiful but treacherous underwater world." And Annapurna's Sayonara Wild Hearts was described as a "playable music video" featuring a jet bike tilting through obstacles at high speeds in time to the soundtrack.

[Update: In a press release following the event, Apple also revealed the following newly announced titles that will be debuting on Apple Arcade:

  • Ballistic Baseball(Gameloft): Live multiplayer baseball where batters face pitchers.
  • ChuChu Rocket! Universe(Sega): A new version of the Dreamcast classic with 100 new puzzles.
  • Exit the Gungeon (Devolver): An Apple Arcade-ifiedof the hit roguelike Enter the Gungeon.
  • Pac-Man Party Royale (Bandai Namco): A version of the classic arcade maze game featuring a four-player Battle Mode.
  • Rayman Mini(Ubisoft): A score-focused version of the platform franchise where Rayman is shrunk down to miniature size.
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens(WayForward): A new entry in the cult classic platform action series.
  • Skate City(Snowman): Skate simulator with "multi-touch" controls.
  • Steven Universe: Unleash the Light(Cartoon Network): A mobile RPG co-written by cartoon creator Rebecca Sugar, following on the previous Save the Light andAttack the Light titles in the series.
  • Super Impossible Road (Rogue Games): A new version of the hit game featuring a ball rolling down a winding track.
  • The Enchanted World (Noodlecake): "Help a young fairy piece together a magical world torn apart by dark forces."
  • Various Daylife (Square Enix): A new RPG about "living life to the fullest" from the creators of Bravely Defaultand Octopath Traveler.]

Those titles come on top of these others that were previously announced:

  • The Artful Escape (Annapurna Interactive)
  • Atone: Heart of the Elder Tree (Wildboy Studios)
  • Beyond a Steel Sky (Revolution Software)
  • The Bradwell Conspiracy (Bossa Studios)
  • Cardpocalypse (Versus Evil)
  • The Construct (Directive Games)
  • Doomsday Vault (Flightless)
  • Down in Bermuda (Yak & Co)
  • Enter the Construct (Directive Games)
  • Fantasian (Mistwalker)
  • Frogger in Toy Town (Konami)
  • HitchHiker (Versus Evil)
  • Hot Lava (Klei Entertainment)
  • Jenny LeClue (Mografi)
  • Kings of the Castle (Frosty Pop)
  • Lego Brawls (Lego)
  • Lego Arthouse (Lego)
  • Lifelike (Kunabi Brother)
  • Little Orpheus (The Chinese Room)
  • Monomals (Picomy)
  • Mr. Turtle (Illusion Labs)
  • No Way Home (SMG Studio)
  • Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm (Cornfox & Bros.)
  • Overland (Finji)
  • Pascal's Wager (Giant Games)
  • The Pathless (Annapurna)
  • Projection: First Light (Blowfish Studios)
  • Repair (ustwo games)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts (Annapurna Interactive)
  • Sneaky Sasquatch (RAC7)
  • Sonic Racing (Sega)
  • Spidersaurs (WayForward)
  • UFO on Tape: First Contact (Revolutionary Concepts)
  • Where Cards Fall (Snowman)
  • Winding Worlds (Ko_op)
  • Yaga (Versus Evil)

On top of all that info, Apple threw up an image showing 94 different developers that will be a part of the Apple Arcade family (though not necessarily at launch). Here are the ones we could identify:

  • 34BigThings
  • Annapurna
  • Bandai Namco
  • Batovi Games Studio
  • Bit Fry
  • Blindflug Studios
  • Block Zero Games
  • Blowfish Studios
  • Borderleap
  • Bossa Studios
  • Capcom
  • Capy Games
  • Cartoon Network
  • Chucklefish
  • Cleaversoft
  • Cornfox
  • Crescent Moon Games
  • Devolver Digital
  • Dinosaur Polo Club
  • Directive Games
  • Efecto Studios
  • FairPlay Studios
  • Fellow Traveller
  • Finji
  • Flightless
  • FreeRange Games
  • Frosty Pop
  • Gameloft
  • Headup
  • Hipster Whale
  • Hit-Point
  • Illusion Labs
  • Klei Entertainment
  • Konami
  • Kunabi Brother
  • Kurechii
  • LEGO
  • Lightning Pop Games
  • NinjaKiwi
  • Local No. 12
  • Lykke Studios
  • Pik Pok
  • Marble Collective
  • Mighty Bear
  • Milkytea
  • Minimega
  • Mografi
  • Moving Pieces
  • Noodlecake Studios
  • Ogre Pixel
  • Picomy
  • Pomelo Games
  • RAC7
  • RadianGames
  • Raw Fury
  • Red Game Co.
  • Rogue
  • RosieReality
  • Route 59
  • Rovolution
  • Sega
  • Shifty Eye Games
  • Sirvo Studios
  • Skybox Labs
  • SMG
  • Square Enix
  • Stainless Games
  • State of Play
  • Tendays Studio
  • The Gentlebros
  • The Label
  • Ubisoft
  • Ustwo
  • Versus Evil
  • WayForward
  • Wild Boy Studios
  • William Chyr Studio
  • WRP Studios
  • Yak & Collect
  • Zach Gage/Pendleton Ward/Choice Provisions
  • Zen Studios
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