iOS is getting a new private gaming service where all games will be playable offline, with no ads, tracking, or microtransactions.
Just a week after Google announced their entry into the video games business, Apple has announced their own new approach to video games – but it’s not a streaming service.
It is subscription-based though and allows you to play all of its games offline, without any ads, in-app purchases, or user data tracking.
As you can imagine, that rules out most of the more popular smartphone games, with Apple’s trailer focusing on narrative-based indie titles with little or no action.
Beyond A Steel Sky is a sequel to 1994 graphic adventure Beneath A Steel Sky and seem to be an Apple exclusive. [Update: it’s not actually, we’ve learnt, it’s also coming to consoles and PC.]
There’s also coming of age tale Where Cards Fall and new game Fantasian from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi – which, like the recent Trüberbrook, seems to use physical sets.
Also spotlighted was Lifelike, which simulates animal swarm behaviour, and Overland – which is an odd game to focus on because it was already announced last week by Nintendo.
The second trailer also features a number of previously-announced indie titles, including Sayonara Wild Hearts, The Artful Escape, and The Pathless.
Anything that promotes indie games has to go to be a good thing though, especially as Apple will be curating the selection and helping with development – the opposite of their hands-off approach with the standard App Store.
Apple Arcade will be released this autumn but no pricing details have been announced yet.
Whether this is Apple’s only new entry into the games industry is unclear for now, but at the moment it seems as if they have no plans to create their own streaming service to rival Google and Microsoft.
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