We’re writing today to give an update to Apple’s newest mobile gaming subscription service, the aptly-named Apple Arcade. While this has little to do with the coin-operated arcade machines that we usually talk about, the Apple Arcade has been creating a lot of buzz. Back in April, we first wrote about the company’s foray into the world of mobile gaming. Being the titans of the industry that they are, the folks at Apple strive to stick their collective fingers in as many pies as possible, which is what they intended to do with Apple Arcade.
Now, Apple has been dominating in the market of mobile gaming for a while now. While we’re not certain if iOS is actually the largest mobile gaming demographic at the moment, it certainly holds plenty of ground in relation to Android, its main competitor. As we wrote a few months ago, this subscription service was Apple’s attempt to solidify their standing in the industry, which they more or less achieved after the service’s launch in mid-September.
While it’s still too soon to gauge the crowd’s reception of this service, the fact that there hasn’t been any sort of outcry or scandal regarding the business model—especially when considering the monetization aspects that most mobile devs implement into their games— is a pretty important sign that Apple is onto something good here. Furthermore, for only $5 a month, users are getting access to a wide variety of features to enjoy some awesome games on their Apple devices.
Among some of the features that users receive upon signing up, we found that the most important are the crossplay, which means that users can share their progress of any game across any of their Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, etc), the compatibility with many types of gamepads including Sony’s Dualshock 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One controllers, and the fact that up to six players can share the games from a single account. Additionally, since these games are on a paid subscription, you won’t see any type of ads anywhere, which is always a plus in our book.
Now, while it’s definitely too soon to tell if this endeavor is profitable for Apple, we think that things are going great at HQ since, with just under a month of release, Apple has already announced four new additions to their lineup of games; not that they really needed it considering that they already had more than 100 games in their catalog. But hey, when it comes to game diversity, more is always better so you won’t see us complaining!
Among some of the most important titles featured in the service, Apple has placed several games front and center, including “Shinsekai Into the Depths,” “Sonic Racing,” “Sayonara Wild Hearts,” “LEGO Brawls,” and “Where Cards Fall,” among others.
According to an article by Kotaku, the new games include “Pilgrims,” “The Bradwell Conspiracy,” “RedOut: Space Assault,” and “Nightmare Farm.” The folks over at Kotaku described the upcoming games as follows:
- Pilgrims: “A ‘playful adventure game’ where players will have to explore and meet new characters, helping them and learning about their stories. The art style looks lovely.”
- The Bradwell Conspiracy: “A first-person puzzle game with a big focus on telling a story. Following a large explosion at the Stonehedge Museum, you are trapped underground in a secret complex. You have to unravel the secrets of this complex and escape with the help of another survivor.”
- RedOut: Space Assault: “a dogfighting game featuring cool-looking spaceships. The game has a full career mode with ship upgrades and various ways to control your starfighter. You can kill the engines to slow your speed, making it easier to navigate a small opening.”
- Nightmare Farm: “The new game from the developers behind Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector. Nightmare Farm is described as ‘The story of a painful nightmare spinning in a bright world.’ Not entirely sure what that means, but players will have to grow and harvest crops while also preparing meals for visitors to keep them happy.”
And there you have it, four awesome new games for Apple Arcade subscribers. What do you think of Apple’s new mobile gaming service? We’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions on the subject, so feel free to leave a comment in the section below!
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