​Apple Arcade Is Like Xbox Game Pass For Apple Devices

Apple has announced a new game service for its customers: Apple Arcade. Subscribe to the service and you'll gain access to more than 100 new games, which you can download and play offline and across all your Apple devices. It sounds a lot like an Apple equivalent of the Microsoft Game Pass. As with Google and Stadia, we don't know how much Apple Arcade will cost.

The store subscription is due to launch this Autumn and already has a string of great looking games attached. Beyond A Steel Sky (the very long awaited sequel to Beneath A Steel Sky), turn-based apocalypse road movie-like game Overland, and Fantasian, the new game from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, all feature in the announcement trailer.

As well as those games, games from Klei Entertainment, Konami, Annapurna Interactive, Cartoon Network, Giant Squid, Bossa Studios , LEGO, SEGA, Snowman, ustwo games and others are still to be announced.

While Apple is talking of "exclusive games", Overland developer Finji already confirmed on Twitter that the game will still be coming to Steam.

Other services Apple announced at last night's conference, like Apple News+ carried a $9.99 price tag. So it's possible that's what Apple would be charging for Arcade. Although, if that was the case, you would think there wouldn't be an issue in announcing it alongside the News+ price model.

It also wasn't made clear how developers will be paid for their work - whether it's by download, playtime, or some other means.

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Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]

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