During Apple’s September showcase, the company announced the price and release date details for Apple Arcade. It also took some time to show off a handful of games coming to the subscription service. But curiously, the company left a lot more games unmentioned, including some in big franchises and from notable publishers.
During the keynote, the company gave stage time to Frogger, Shinsekai Into The Depths, and Sayonara Wild Hearts from Konami, Capcom, and Annapurna, respectively. But then, a press release accompanying the keynote rattled off an additional 11 games that were nowhere to be seen during the presentation. Those include a new Chu-Chu Rocket puzzle game, a follow-up to Enter the Gungeon, another Shantae from WayForward, and a new game from the Bravely Default and Octopath Traveler team at Square Enix. You can see the full list with official descriptions below.
It’s not clear how Apple chose which games to highlight. The company may have chosen games that it felt would appeal to a wide audience tuning in for more general Apple hardware news. Still, the company devoted almost twice as much time to the iPhone 11 Pro camera alone, so it’s a puzzling choice not to show a larger chunk of the Apple Arcade lineup.
Apple Arcade is launching on September 19, and will cost $5 for a family plan. You can also sign up for a free trial month to test out the service.
- Ballistic Baseball from Gameloft, is an action-packed arcade baseball game that captures the intense battle between pitcher and batter in live head-to-head multiplayer matches.
- ChuChu Rocket! Universe explodes as Sega launches the beloved ChuChus into a universe of strange and wonderful planets with over 100 mind-bending puzzles.
- In Exit the Gungeon from Devolver, players must escape a collapsing hell dungeon as increasingly perilous obstacles and opponents stand in their way.
- Pac-Man Party Royale from Bandai Namco, is a brand-new arcade experience featuring a four-player Battle Mode where the last PAC-MAN standing wins
- In Rayman Mini from Ubisoft, Rayman has been reduced to the size of an ant! Players use insects, mushrooms and plants to run through the world as quickly as possible or try over and over again to achieve the perfect score.
- In Shantae and the Seven Sirens from WayForward, players explore a vast sunken city and battle the Seven Sirens in the Half-Genie’s most thrilling adventure yet.
- Skate City from Snowman brings the heart and soul of street skating to life with multi-touch controls as city streets become the ultimate skater playground.
- Steven Universe: Unleash the Light, is an original Cartoon Network game, co-written by Rebecca Sugar, where players pick their favorite characters, choose which Gems are in their party, unlock awesome new abilities and equip alternate costumes in the ultimate mobile role-playing game (RPG).
- Super Impossible Road from Rogue Games, is a futuristic, high-speed racing game where players master hairpin turns on courses that twist and coil over beautiful galactic backdrops.
- In The Enchanted World from Noodlecake, players help a young fairy piece together a magical world torn apart by dark forces.
- Various Daylife from Square Enix, is a brand-new RPG from the creators of “Bravely Default” and “Octopath Traveler.” In the year 211 of the Imperial Era, players explore a newly discovered continent while living life to the fullest in the city of Erebia.