Apple Arcade Everything We Know2nd April 2019
Apple announced its new gaming venture called Apple Arcade at the company’s “Showtime” event. Apple Arcade is a new game subscription service for iOS, Mac, and Apple TV.
It was announced that all the games on the service will all be exclusive to Apple Arcade. What you need to remember is that this service is for mobile games and not your console type games so if you’re an avid mobile gamer this could be right up your ally.
The paid subscription service means that as well as having access to a plethora of exclusive games there will also be no ads or in-app purchases what so ever. Happy days.
Just last week Google announced its foray into the multibillion pound gaming industry with Stadia it next-gen cloud based game streaming service.
Apple Arcade on the other hand is not another cloud streaming games service like Microsofts upcoming Project X or Sonys PlayStation Now service. This is more along the same lines as Microsofts Xbox Games Pass available on Xbox One.
Games need to be installed to be played not streamed. The obvious benefit here is that there will be no lag or latency issues that come with a streaming service.
Apple Arcade Games
As already mentioned the Apple Arcade games available will be exclusive to the platform. However, from the trailer, the games look like they are being developed to a high standard. The website provides more information on the games and states that players will be able to play over 100 games. I’m not sure if this means there will be that many games available at the same time for the service but if Apple
Heres a list of the upcoming games for Apple Arcade that we know about:
- ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree
- Beyond a Steel Sky
- Doomsday Vault
- Down in Bermuda
- Enter The Construct
- Frogger in Toy Town
- Hot Lava
- Kings of the Castle
- LEGO Brawls
- No Way Home
- Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm
- Projection: First Light
- Sayonara Wild Hearts
- Sneaky Sasquatch
- Sonic Racing
- The Bradwell Conspiracy
- The Pathless
- UFA on Tape: First Contact
- Winding Worlds
- Where Cards Fall
Apple Arcade the Developers
That quite a few games. However there are only 3 names in the list that I have heard of before; Sonic, Lego and Oceanhorn. If Apple want to draw in more gamers to there service then they will need to make sure they can get some big names on board.
Luckily there are a lot of developers onboard working hard to bring new, strong gaming experiences to Apple Arcade. Apple is encouraging them to push the boundaries of mobile gaming to show the world what mobile gaming is capable of.
Get Control Will You!
Mobile gaming has a niche hardcore audience. Billions of people play games on their mobile devices every day around the world but the majority of them play a quick couple of levels of match-three type games like Candy Crush rather than shooters for instance.
These quick-fix type games are ideal for mobile devices and they mainly involve tapping, touching and swiping to reach the end goal.
More in-depth games are more difficult to execute on mobile devices in the sense of control schemes. Mainly because the controls are usually overlaid on the screen this then involves the player to cover the play area onscreen.
For many this can prove frustrating before they move back onto more simple games.
Now if Apple could develop a controller to help tackle the issues mentioned above for games like first person shooters then I think they would be onto a winner.
It’s a Family Affair
Apple Arcade doesn’t want to make their plays feel alone. Each subscription will allow up to six family members to share the account. This could increase the gaming chat at the dinner table.
Apple also states that they are committed to your privacy. What this means is yet to be seen.
It’s Apples first steps into the industry, their next step is to develop their own games.
Apple Arcade is launching this autumn in over 150 countries, although Apple isn’t yet revealing the price of the subscription service.
My only concern is that it’s another subscription service to fork out for but if the service really add a lot of value then it will be one worth the investment.
There is a lot of exciting things going on in the gaming industry at the moment Stadia, Apple Arcade, Project X, PlayStation 5 and the next Xbox consoles just around the corner it really is a good time to be a gamer.
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