The biggest news from Apple's keynote address today was definitely the iPhone 11 reveal, where the company announced its new line of phones, their release date, prices, and more. However, Apple also spent some time detailing its Apple Arcade game subscription service, announcing a slew of games that will be included.
Apple Arcade launches on September 19 for $4.99 per month, with one month free trial. It's unclear exactly how many games Apple Arcade will launch with on September 19, but Apple has said that the service will eventually feature "hundreds" of games. These games will include multiplatform titles as well as exclusives, and they will be playable on basically any iOS device that supports the new iOS 13.
One of the most notable games announced for Apple Arcade is Rayman Mini. There hasn't been a main series Rayman game since 2013's Rayman Legends, so seeing a new title released with similar gameplay and the same art style should be exciting for fans. In Rayman Mini, Rayman has been reduced to the size of an ant, and players will have to navigate through a world of insects, mushrooms, plants, and other hazards. Players will be tasked with trying to get a perfect score by completing the world as fast as possible, which makes it sound like Rayman Mini won't be nearly as extensive as its console counterparts, but it's still intriguing nevertheless.
Here is a full list of the Apple Arcade games that were detailed during today's keynote presentation:
- Ballistic Baseball
- ChuChu Rocket! Universe
- Exit the Gungeon
- Pac-Man Party Royale
- Projection: First Light
- Rayman Mini
- Shantae and the SEven Sirens
- Skate City
- Sneaky Sasquatch
- Steven Universe: Unleash the Light
- Super Impossible Road
- The Bradwell Conspiracy
- The Enhcanted World
- Various Daylife
Another game that may be of interest to players is Various Daylife. Various Daylife is a new Square ENIX RPG that is from the creators of Bravely Default and Octopath Traveler.
Overall, Apple appears to be providing a lot of variety with its Apple Arcade service, and the chance to try it out for free should mean all iOS users at least give it a shot. Whether or not Apple will be able to provide compelling new games on a consistent basis remains to be seen, but we'll find out in the coming weeks and months.