Among Apple's batch of subscription services announced March 25 was Apple Arcade, a games program for iOS, Mac and Apple TV set to launch in Fall 2019, and is to include surprise reveal Beyond A Steel Sky.
Though price and precise launch date information was not unveiled, Apple Arcade is heading for a Fall 2019 launch, likely around the time that iOS 13 arrives.
Destined for iPhone, iPad, devices, Mac computers, and the Apple TV line, Apple Arcade will provide access to 100 games.
Those include a number upcoming of titles from studios known for quality output, including The Pathless (from Giant Squid of relaxing ocean adventure Abzu), post-apocalyptic survival mission Overland (Finji, of iOS hit Canabalt), Hot Lava (from Canada's Klei Entertainment of Don't Starve fame) and a sequel to Zelda-style hit Overland.
Big names like Sonic the Hedgehog (via Sonic Racing) and the Lego brand (through Lego Brawls) are also involved. Also on the roster will be Beyond A Steel Sky, an unexpected sequel to the classic 1994 point and click adventure Beneath A Steel Sky, re-released for iOS in 2009.
It' s to feature updated visuals and methods of interaction, creative duo Charles Cecil and Dave Gibbons told Variety: "We want people to be able to approach this game without even having heard of the original."
"It's a continuation of both the themes and story, but we find that the themes are more important."
Beyond will deal with "questions of social control and privacy under the watchful eye of the supposedly-benevolent, omniscient artificial-intelligence" that had been put in place by the game's lead character at the end of the original game.
Mobile gaming has a bigger audience than console and computer gaming combined (per NewZoo's 2018 Global Games Market Report), and Apple Arcade is offering subscribers a curated selection of new games without the bother of in-app purchases or ads.
The games will be downloadable, a point of contrast against Google's online streaming service Stadia, revealed a week before Arcade.
Adding further context is the existence of Xbox's Game Pass scheme, already available for Xbox One with some overlap for Windows 10 users; like many similar music, film and TV services, it costs US$9.99 (RM40) per month, and could dovetail with Project xCloud, a game streaming service in development at Xbox parent Microsoft. – AFP Relaxnews
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