Apple announced its big foray into subscription-based gaming is coming soon during today's keynote presentation. And while the company hosted a few new games on the main stage for demonstration, a litany of other games have been locked in for the service, some of which we're seeing for the very first time.
In a press release in the Apple newsroom, the company listed a number of games set to debut on the Apple Arcade. While this doesn't mean they're necessarily exclusive—and we know at least a few aren't—these games will all be playable on the upcoming service, across mobile, televisions, and computers compatible with the Arcade.
- Ballistic Baseball
- ChuChu Rocket! Universe
- Exit the Gungeon
- Pac-Man Party Royale
- Projection: First Light
- Rayman Mini
- Shantae and the Seven Sirens
- Skate City
- Sneaky Sasquatch
- Steven Universe: Unleash the Light
- Super Impossible Road
- The Bradwell Conspiracy
- The Enchanted World
- Various Daylife
This is an incredible lineup that somehow got zero mention during Apple's stage time this afternoon. A new ChuChu Rocket? A Gungeon sequel? A battle royale in the Pac-Man setting and the new Shantae? You'd be forgiven for not glancing twice at the last game on the list, but Various Daylife's inconspicuous title belies its pedigree; it's a new role-playing game from Square Enix, made by the team behind Bravely Default and Octopath Traveler.
It seriously makes you question why Apple led with a few solid-looking but not earth-shattering games. It's likely, however, that the stage presence was due to timing. This is the first we've heard of some of these games, which means it could be possible they're not going to launch alongside the Apple Arcade and will instead roll out at a later date. We've reached out to Apple PR to clarify which games will be landing at launch.
Apple Arcade is Apple's $4.99/month subscription service, which will give you access to a catalog of over 100 games. It's coming to iOS 13 on September 19, with Arcade arriving on iPadOS and tvOS 13 on September 30 and in October for macOS Catalina. You can get a one-month free trial at launch, play offline, and share with up to six family members via Family Sharing. You'll also be able to use controllers with compatible devices, meaning you can still grab a DualShock or Xbox One controller for those challenging platformers.
It's set to compete against a number of other gaming subscription services, like Google Stadia's subscription arm of the cloud-streaming service and Xbox Game Pass, which now lives on both the Xbox and PC. With a heavy push into mobile and some killer apps hidden in the fine print though, Apple Arcade is becoming a more and more appealing offer.