Apple Arcade Overview Updated January 22, 2021

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March 2019 - January 2021


At a services focused event in March of 2019, unveiled  a new game subscription service it is called “Apple Arcade”. The service will allow iOS, Mac, and Apple TV users to pay a flat monthly fee and access a bundle of otherwise paid apps through the App Store.

Apple is said to be working with a handful of publishers and developers for the service. The company touted that the service will unify gaming between mobile (iOS), desktop (macOS), and the living room (tvOS).

We keep a list of the latest games that you’ll want to bookmark to see what’s new.

Apple Arcade Features

With a single subscription, the service will give you access to over 100 new and exclusive games. Arcade will be a new area on the App Store, with a new tab along the bottom. The service syncs between all of your devices, and offline playing. There are no ads or in-app purchases with the service. The service will allow access to all members in a Family Sharing account.

Apple Arcade Pricing

Apple Arcade is priced at $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. This pricing is for the entire family (with Family Sharing)

Apple Arcade Stories January 22

Latest Apple Arcade games for iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV [Spire Blast and NUTS]

Apple Arcade launched with close to 100 titles and the service is seeing new games added regularly. Follow along with our guide on the latest from Apple’s gaming service.

New for January 22: Spire Blast and NUTS.

Apple Arcade Stories October 8, 2020

The former Apple App Store head told the congressional antitrust committee that the Cupertino company uses its convoluted rules ‘as a weapon against competitors.’ He cited Apple Arcade as evidence of this, the company allowing its own subscription gaming service when it bans things like Xbox Game Pass.

Former App Store director Phil Shoemaker said that Apple creates ‘arbitrary’ rules which allow it to block or hinder unwanted competitors to its own apps and services …

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Apple Arcade Stories August 30, 2020

Apple Arcade has added three notable titles over the last several weeks: “Game of Thrones: Tale of Crows” from Devolver Digital, “Next Stop Nowhere” from Night School Studio, and “The Last Campfire” from Hello Games. A new deep dive from TechRadar today offers a closer look at the development of the games, and how Apple Arcade was involved.

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Apple Arcade Stories June 30, 2020

Apple is shifting its strategy for Apple Arcade in an effort to retain subscribers, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The report explains that Apple has canceled the contracts for some games still in development as it revamps its approach.

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Apple Arcade Stories June 12, 2020

Apple Arcade: Could a $4B purchase with Mortal Kombat and Batman Arkham upgrade the service?

News broke this afternoon that AT&T-owned Warner Bros. is looking to sell its gaming division. Could this be a perfect opportunity for Apple to make its young gaming service more compelling with big titles like Mortal Kombat and Batman Arkham?

Apple Arcade Stories March 25, 2020

Hipster Whale is the game studio behind the hit Crossy Road game and its more recent Crossy Road Castle follow-up. In a new interview with CNET, Hipster Whale CEO Clara Reeves explains some of the history behind the game, the company’s work with Apple Arcade, and more.

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