Apple employees have been using the Apple Arcade early access program this summer. An App Store API suggests the price will be US$5/month.
Apple has hired Nat Brown, co-creator of the Xbox game console and a former VR engineer for Valve, to work on unknown projects.
Project Catalyst is Apple’s official name for what we now as Marzipan. It lets developers port iOS apps to the Mac. I think it can help revive Mac gaming, because presumably games will also be able to get ported. Apple Arcade will be available on macOS as well.
But the big news is clearly Catalyst. Details are still thin, and Apple will most likely share more information this afternoon during its State of the Union WWDC keynote.
WWDC19 is live, and we’ve seen a lot of updates for Apple TV. One of them is tvOS game controller support for PlayStation and Xbox controllers.
Users are excited about Apple Arcade – the company’s forthcoming games subscription service. While some indie game developers are excited at the prospect of being part of the service, Fast Company reported others had serious concerns. Either way, Apple Arcade’s launch is going to be a critical moment for indie games makers.
But not everyone’s convinced that subscription services will be a boon for developers. If these services become the predominant way that people play games, some independent creators say the result will be a new race to the bottom, in which game makers compete for a shrinking pool of revenue. “With a whole new model of selling video games like this, it comes with a whole bunch of potential ways that it can be bad for smaller developers and independent developers,” says Mike Rose, the founder of the independent game publisher No More Robots.
Yesterday’s keynote was filled with Apple services and subscriptions, and each speaker noted how each service is Private & Secure™.
Apple Arcade is the company’s new gaming subscription service. It will feature games from indie developers and bigger studios alike.
Apple introduced Apple Arcade, a gaming subscription service focussed on original, creative games from big game studios and indie developers.