Apple Arcade's coming to Australia next week, and it'll be one of the cheaper gaming subscriptions around. But what's the service actually got that's worth playing? Exclusives help a lot when answering that question, so here's everything so far that's coming to Apple's all-you-can-eat gaming offering.
Launching on September 20 for $7.99 a month (with a free trial month offering), the service will be available across mobiles, iPads and Apple TV with macOS Catalina support from October. It'll have more than 100 games at launch, but what's most interesting about the service are the exclusives that it'll ship with.
Some of those games include Exit the Gungeon, a follow-up from Devolver Digital's successful Enter the Gungeon, the Australian-made Projection, a new Steven Universe game, a new JRPG from the makers of Octopath Traveler and Rayman Mini.
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Here's the new games that were announced for Apple Arcade today, some of which are exclusive to the service and others which will be iPhone exclusives:
• “Ballistic Baseball” from Gameloft, is an action-packed arcade baseball game that captures the intense battle between pitcher and batter in live head-to-head multiplayer matches.
• “ChuChu Rocket! Universe” explodes as Sega launches the beloved ChuChus into a universe of strange and wonderful planets with over 100 mind-bending puzzles.
• In “Exit the Gungeon” from Devolver, players must escape a collapsing hell dungeon as increasingly perilous obstacles and opponents stand in their way.
• “Overland” from Finji, is a post-apocalyptic road trip adventure where players fight dangerous creatures, rescue stranded travellers and scavenge for supplies to survive.
• “PAC-MAN PARTY ROYALE” from Bandai Namco, is a brand-new arcade experience featuring a four-player Battle Mode where the last PAC-MAN standing wins.
• In “Projection: First Light” from Blowfish, players follow the adventures of Greta, a girl living in a mythological shadow puppet world as she embarks on a journey of self-enlightenment, helped by legendary heroes from ancient cultures along the way.
• In “Rayman Mini” from Ubisoft, 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.
• In “Shantae and the Seven Sirens” from WayForward, players explore a vast sunken city and battle the Seven Sirens in the Half-Genie’s most thrilling adventure yet.
• “Skate City” from Snowman brings the heart and soul of street skating to life with multi-touch controls as city streets become the ultimate skater playground.
• In “Sneaky Sasquatch” from RAC7, players live the life of a Sasquatch and do regular, everyday Sasquatch stuff like sneaking around in disguise, raiding coolers and picnic baskets, playing golf and more.
• “Steven Universe: Unleash the Light,” is an original Cartoon Network game, co-written by Rebecca Sugar, where players pick their favourite characters, choose which Gems are in their party, unlock awesome new abilities and equip alternate costumes in the ultimate mobile role-playing game (RPG).
• “Super Impossible Road” from Rogue Games, is a futuristic, high-speed racing game where players master hairpin turns on courses that twist and coil over beautiful galactic backdrops.
• “The Bradwell Conspiracy” from Bossa, is a beautifully stylised conspiracy adventure thriller with a humorous twist.
• In “The Enchanted World” from Noodlecake, players help a young fairy piece together a magical world torn apart by dark forces.
• “Various Daylife” from Square Enix, is a brand-new RPG from the creators of “Bravely Default” and “Octopath Traveler.” In the year 211 of the Imperial Era, players explore a newly discovered continent while living life to the fullest in the city of Erebia.
The service will also feature games from Klei Entertainment (Invisible, Inc, Mark of the Ninja), ustwo games, Snowman, Mistwalker Corporation, Lego and Giant Squid, as well as titles Beyond a Steel Sky, Where Cards Fall, Sonic Racing, and a new game from Sims maker Will Wright that's still unannounced.
While Apple's September event is heavy on the iPhone content, the company takes the time to announce a slew of other products and services, too. This year, proceedings were kicked off with Apple Arcade. It's been teased for awhile now, but now we finally have a launch date and pricing.