Apple has announced the release date and price for their mobile game subscription service Apple Arcade at their keynote today.
Apple Arcade will be launching in over 150 countries (including Canada!) on September 19th, 2019 for a monthly fee of $4.99 USD ($5.99 CAD) a month. If you’re on the fence Apple is offering a 1-month free trial where you can try all the games included and carry over your progress if you decide to subscribe.
Apple Arcade will work on all the major Apple platforms including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and iMac.
Over 100 games will be available at launch including unnanounced titles like a new Frogger entitled Frogger in Toy Town from Q-Games famous for their Pixel-Junk series and Shinsekai: Into The Depths from Capcom.
Several indies I’ve personally been excited for are coming to Apple Arcade like the gorgeous turn-based strategy game Overland and 3D visual novel Necrobarista, two of the coolest games I got to play at Gamescom last month.
Some developers are skeptical about how much Apple is paying out to indie developers and whether Apple Arcade will become another exploitative service.
But many other developers whose games were announced are excited about the partnership and feel they’re getting a good deal.
I’m peronally excited for Apple Arcade. I think Xbox Gamepass set an impressive standard for gaming subscription services earlier this year with Game Pass Ultimate, giving me access to some amazing AAA and indie games across my desktop and Xbox One.
If Apple Arcade can manage to be the Game Pass of mobile games by helping bring the best mobile games to the forefront (and not fuck over developers) than I could see it becoming a core part of my and many other’s mobile experience.