If you haven’t played video games in a while, there’s a good chance you might have been blown away by Apple’s livestreamed event that unveiled “Apple Arcade” as a way to introduce “Games that redefine games.” However, if you have played video games in, let’s say, the last 30 years, then this part of the presentation might have been a little underwhelming. The pitch is this: Apple Arcade is “the world’s first game subscription service for mobile, desktop and the living room.”
You can find out much more about the upcoming project by checking out the link above or the videos below, but it’s essentially Apple’s entry into the gaming market. The presentation touted family-friendly games, which is definitely an underrepresented corner of the market that’s often overshadowed by first-person shooters and more traditionally violent games, but there are also plenty of these titles available in the indie games market; Apple simply has the resources to bring some big names to their platform instead. For my money, one of the most interesting is Fantasian, which comes from Hironobu Sakaguchi (Final Fantasy), whose team has created practical diorama settings that are then populated by computer-generated 3D characters; show me a few more innovative titles like that and I’ll be much more likely to check out Apple Arcade this fall.
Check out the introductory video and preview for Apple Arcade below:
Games that redefine games. To create Apple Arcade, Apple has joined forces with some of the world’s most innovative game developers to realize the games of their dreams — and yours. Coming this fall.
Apple Arcade is the first gaming service of its kind, with 100+ games designed by the most creative minds in the industry. Here’s a first look at some of its most innovative titles. Coming this fall.
- “Little Orpheus” by Sumo Digital/The Chinese Room “
- The Artful Escape” by Annapurna Interactive/Beethoven & Dinosaur
- “The Pathless” by Annapurna Interactive/Giant Squid
- “ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree” by Wildboy Studios
- “LEGO Brawls” by LEGO/RED Games
- “Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm” by Cornfox & Bros.
- “Sonic Racing” by SEGA®/HARDlight Studios
- “Box Project” by AQUIRIS
- “Frogger in Toy Town” by Konami
- “Projection: First Light” by Blowfish Studios/Shadowplay Studios
- “Mr. Turtle” by Illusion Labs
- “FANTASIAN” by Mistwalker Corporation
- “Enter The Construct” by Directive Games Limited
- “Beyond a Steel Sky” by Revolution Software
- “Sayonara Wild Hearts” by Annapurna Interactive/Simogo
- “Hot Lava” by Klei Entertainment