Apple Announces Apple Arcade Subscription Service; Reveals Hironobu Sakaguchi’s New Game

Apple Arcade, Hironobu Sakaguchi

Today Apple revealed its own subscription service named Apple Arcade, presenting it with a pair of trailers.

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The service doesn’t yet have a set price, and it’s coming in the fall of 2019. It will include over 100 exclusive games for iOS, Apple TV, and Mac.

The games won’t be streamed, but you’ll simply be able to download them on your devices of choice.

The trailer showcased five interesting games, including Fantasian by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and his Mistawalker Corporation studio. Interestingly, the studio is using filmed dioramas to create the levels of the title.

We heard from Sakaguchi-san himself at the end of last year that he was working on a new project, and this is likely it.

In the videos below you’ll see the following.

  • “Where Cards Fall” by Sam Rosenthal & Cedric Adams, Snowman/The Game Band
  • “Lifelike” by Denis Mikan, kunabi brother
  • “Overland” by Bekah Saltsman, Finji
  • “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

Other major developers like Sega and LEGO are also involved. The service also features family sharing and cloud saves, while it won’t involve microtransactions or additional business models on top of the subscription.


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