Apple Arcade Launches September 19 at $5.99/month in Canada

At its special event in the Steve Jobs Theater, Apple today shed more details on its upcoming subscription gaming service, Apple Arcade.

The gaming world will become significantly more interesting this fall when Apple releases its Arcade game subscription service. Announced in March, the subscription service will let Apple users play a catalogue of mobile games across iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, and Apple TV devices.

Instead of streaming a game, like Google’s upcoming Stadia service, Arcade players will download it to their Apple device to play, which will allow for gameplay whether the player is online or off. Apple said games will be exclusive to Arcade and not available on other services.

The subscription service will be available across Apple devices, and Apple said Arcade will work with Microsoft Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4 controllers, which should make for more varied gameplay, the Cupertino company explained during its event.

Some of the first demos presented during today’s event are not from indie developers but from AAA video game developers Konami and Capcom, which unveiled Frogger and Shinsekai: Into the Depths, respectively. This is certainly a signal that Apple plans on compiling both the indie games it’s known for as well as larger-budget blockbuster titles from big-name studios. Take a look at some of the studios developing games for Apple Arcade below.

Apple Arcade will officially roll out on September 19 in over 150 countries, and will feature over 100 new games from tons of developers.

And the price? Apple Arcade will be available for the price of $5.99 CAD per month, with a one-month free trial (updated).

Here are a list of games shared by Apple coming to Apple Arcade:

  • “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 travelers 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 stylized 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.

Apple Arcade will be available on September 19 with iOS 13, on September 30 on iPadOS and tvOS 13, and in October on macOS Catalina.

We’ll update this story as more details emerge.

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