Gaming has always been an expensive hobby for most people as there is a lack of subscription-based services similar to Netflix that offer access to a library of titles for a small monthly fee. One of the biggest reasons contributing to the lack of such services is how expensive games are in comparison to other forms of media. You can expect to pay $60 for the base edition of a triple-A title which is much more than what you would spend on a movie ticket or an online album of your favorite artist. Apple wants to be the Netflix of gaming with the introduction of Apple Arcade.
The concept is very similar to what Origin Access previously attempted. However, EA’s offering is limited to PC only while Apple’s plans are far more ambitious. None of the existing services offer enough cross-platform support, and Arcade seeks to change that. The games available via the Apple Arcade service will be playable on iPhones, iPads, MacOS devices, and even the Apple TV. Gamers need to pay a single monthly subscription that offers unlimited access to curated content from the App Store, and while the current library of games might not be too impressive, that may soon change with major publishers partnering with Apple.
Over 100 exclusive games are expected at launch, and we can expect games from Sega, Konami, Disney, Cartoon Network, Sumo Digital and more. Apple revealed that the library will be constantly updated to include more titles. Progress in games will carry over across all Apple devices connected to an iTunes account which makes things seamless for gamers. Unlike services like Google Stadia, the games are fully downloadable, and players can play the available titles offline as well. Games that are part of Apple Arcade will not be allowed to display ads or have microtransactions.
Apple has confirmed that the service will be available by Fall 2019 in 150 countries, but pricing information has not been revealed yet. Only a few games have been confirmed so far, and we should have a full list of games that will be available with the service when the launch date arrives. Apple will be investing in the development of the upcoming games which could help smaller developers self-publish instead of relying on publishers who can be a bit exploitative at times. For now, here’s the list of upcoming video games coming out in 2019 and 2020.
11. Beyond A Steel Sky (2019)
Beyond a Steel Sky is set to be a sequel to the wildly popular 1994 adventure game Beneath a Steel Sky. The announcement was made at Apple’s Keynote, and it will see lead designer Charles Cecil and Dave Gibbons team up one more time to bring the game to the masses. Cecil, who is also the head of Revolution revealed that the game will be different from the original in some ways. Instead of the 2D point-and-click style of gameplay, players will now have access to full 3D environments, and the camera can be manually controlled. The comic book-like graphics already look compelling, and we can’t wait to see what the team at Revolution come up with. We will get to play as Robert Foster from the first game, and we will explore topics like social control and privacy, topics that are relevant to our real-life world as well. The upcoming title has the same cyberpunk theme as its predecessor, and it will be part of Apple Arcade’s launch catalog of games.