Apple Arcade launches September 19, priced $4.99 per month

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Apple Arcade
Just some of the 100 games Apple Arcade will launch with.
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Apple’s gaming subscription service Apple Arcade will cost $4.99 per month and launch September 19.

Apple showed off three launch games from its gaming service at today’s “By Innovation Only” event. It also gave a glimpse of the interface users can expect, alongside sharing other neat details. And, yes, it comes with a one-month free trial.

The Apple Arcade subscription service was first announced in February, although Apple didn’t share launch details at the time. Apple Arcade offers 100-plus new and exclusive games, made by celebrated creators like Hironobu Sakaguchi, Ken Wong, and Will Wright. Companies involved include the likes of Lego, Sega, ustwo games, Snowman, and many more.

Sayonara
Probably the most intriguing of the Apple Arcade games shown off today.
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Apple Arcade will be available as a tab in the App Store. Users can download any title they want, letting you play offline. Titles are available on iOS, Mac and Apple TV — with your game state jumping from device to device as you switch format.

It will also feature game guide, custom recommendations, launch trailers, and more.

At today’s event, Apple showed off three games. The first of these, Konami’s Frogger in Toy Land, is an update of the arcade classic, with upgraded graphics. The second, by Capcom, is an underwater platformer game. The third — and most intriguing — is a music-heavy mix of rhythm-based game and high-speed racer. Called Sayonara Wildhearts, it’s developed by Annapurna Interactive.