Apple on Monday announced the launch of Apple Arcade, his video game platform, a subscription service that will have more than 100 exclusive titles available to developers from the likes of Hironobu Sakaguchi (Final Fantasy), Ken Wong (Monument Valley), Will Wright (SimCity, The Sims), among others.
The platform will be available for iPhone, iPad, Mac and also for the living rooms through Apple TV, in more than 150 countries in the course of the fall, as announced by the company in the event developed in the auditorium of Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino, California.
The service will be enabled through a monthly fee (the value of which will be released soon) and will have its own tab in the App Store, where users will have the possibility to play more than 100 titles, without having to pay individually nor see advertisements for them. “The games Apple Arcade will be great for families, will respect the privacy of the user and will not have ads or require you to make additional purchases,” said Phil Schiller, senior vice president of global marketing of Apple, in a statement.
According to data from Statista, the games represent 24.8 percent of the more than 2.2 million apps available in the Apple store, so there is strange, this bet of the company.
The signatures that are confirmed to work with Apple in the development of video games that will be available on the platform are Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, LEGO, Mistwalker Corporation, SEGA, Snowman, Ustwo Games, between after.
In addition, during the launch were announced a few titles, among which are The Pathless, Annapurna Interactive; Hot Lava, Klei Entertainment; Where Cards Fall, Snowman; Beyond a Steel Sky, Revolution Software; LEGO Brawls, LEGO; and Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, Cornfox & Bros.
According to a report from Bloomberg prior to the release, the new service from Apple will not have category games freemium. In addition, according to the same report, Apple paid to developers by the time that the users use the application and not by the number of downloads.
Apple Arcade is in line with the services of Apple Music, who already has millions of subscribers worldwide, and with Apple’s News Plus, which was also announced at the event on Monday, giving samples of the wink that the company is making into the services sector via the Internet more than the development of hardware.
Last week Google also announced its own platform for video game streaming call Stay. Unlike this, the Apple service will be able to use even if users are disconnected from the network. Microsoft is also working on a project of video games called XCloud.
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