Apple has announced the expansion of its subscription gaming service Apple Arcade. In addition to exclusive game releases, the company has added two new categories: Timeless Classics and App Store Greats.
In the “App Store Giants” category, you can find some famous iPhone games released in the past ten years, such as Threes +, Mini Metro +, Monument Valley +, Fruit Ninja Classic +, Cut the Rope Remastered, and Badland +.
So far, this is an interesting move because Apple has been focusing on exclusive games. It can be said that some Apple Arcade games are sequels of popular App Store games-for example, I classify Mini Motorways and Rayman Mini in this category.
But Apple is changing its position, essentially buying a backup catalog of App Store games. Some of them are still available on the App Store, while others are not compatible with modern iOS versions due to framework and hardware updates. For example, 64-bit processors make many games incompatible.
As always, Apple has not only placed free games behind the paywall. These are brand new downloads on the App Store. You don’t need any ads or in-app purchases to get the full game.
In addition to the old App Store games, Apple also added “Timeless Classics”
These games will definitely help in reducing customer churn. Some people like to play chess over and over again. They might start subscribing to some chess and pay Apple Arcade subscription fees to continue using the same application.
Overall, Apple has reduced 32 games today, and Apple’s Arcade catalog has more than 180 games. Apple initially launched the service in September 2019. You can download Apple Arcade games for $4.99 per month without the need for other in-app purchases. The game can be used on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and macOS. A single Apple Arcade subscription can have up to 6 family members, and you can also access Apple Arcade through an Apple One subscription.
Apple has been betting on subscription services such as Apple Music, Apple TV +, Apple Fitness + and Apple News +. Although some of these services are very successful, such as Apple Music, the company is still adding more and more content to other services to prove that you should subscribe for a long time. Today’s Apple Arcade update will definitely help its game subscription service.