Apple Arcade is Out Now

By Ian Boudreau 11 Sep 2019 1

 

Update: Just a quick note to let you all know that Apple Arcade is now out in the wild. We'll be bringing you more news and information in the next week or so, keep an eye on the homepage for more!

Original Story: Apple's subscription service for iOS games, Apple Arcade, will go online later this month. Apple device users will be able to find the service in the App Store starting September 19. The service will cost $4.99 USD per month, with a one-month free trial available.

We first learned about Apple Arcade earlier this year, and it's joining the likes of Google Stadia, Xbox Games Pass, and Ubisoft's Uplay+ as a new way to pay for premium games. Apple Arcade will launch with access to 100 games, and Apple says more will follow shortly. Once you subscribe to Apple Arcade, you'll be able to download and play the full catalogue, and they'll work whether or not you're online for as long as you remain subscribed. 

Many of our initial questions and concerns about the Apple Arcade have yet to be specifically addressed by Apple, as it's still unclear how this monetization model impacts developers, how Arcade exclusives are going to work, and what the basis is for the Arcade's curation process. Is Apple making mobile games more accessible to more people, or creating another 'walled garden'?

Time will tell on those fronts, but in the meantime, Apple has shared more of the exclusive games coming to Arcade:

  • Ballistic Baseball, Gameloft
  • ChuChu Rocket! Universe, Sega
  • Exit the Gungeon, Devolver
  • Overland, Finji
  • Pac-Man Party Royale, Bandai Namco
  • Projection: First Light, Blowfish (pictured above)
  • Rayman Mini, Ubisoft
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens, WayForward
  • Skate City, Snowman
  • Sneaky Sasquatch, RAC7
  • Steven Universe: Unleash the Light, Cartoon Network
  • Super Impossible Road, Rogue Games
  • The Bradwell Conspiracy, Bossa
  • The Enchanted World, Noodlecake
  • Various Daylife, Square Enix

We'll be watching closely to see how mobile developers react to Apple Arcade, and to report on any great strategy games the service winds up offering.

Marking this as 'At Risk' for reasons that will become obvious, although it makes me wonder at what point do we go to Defcon Red?
Noteworthy Events
The picture is a bit dis-jointed as I wasn't here to do a full report last week, but it looks like we've gone from one of our best Fri-Thurs weeks to one of our worst (in a long time - I can't remember when we were last below 200k pvs).
The Mon-Sun reports track differently of course and things are a little less apocalyptic there, although now I'm a bit worried for this coming Monday's report. Either way, it's a tough pill to swallow.
A lot of this can be attributed to the loss of momentum from Pokemon Masters. The key freelance coverage I put into place were all home-runs (Tier list did 12K in the week it was published), but they also seem to be very 'flash in the pan' which something i'm not sure how to tackle at this point.
Strategy Gamer seems to have had an ok week in my absence, although a lot of the articles that went live didn't perform as I'd like. This week doesn't seem to have taken off, and that's with a brand new search article, some popular refreshes and the TW drop. New content struggles quite inconsistently, while the same EG's are still just trading places as rankings and seach pools fluctuate.
Wargamer seems to have slumped to a lower baseline than what's been the case previously, which is worrying. Things are still performing as I'd expect them too, and we even had another successful table-top test last week, but it's not enough to see us out of this slump.
Forecast for next week’s report
Given how lack-lusture this week has been, my hopes are not high for Monday's report unless the weekly pillar articles happen to over perform (which does happen - it's been a better week for news).
As for next Friday, things should pick up. We've got a respectable pool of features still to come, and it's time to update our 'Upcoming Games' lists which always do well, plus I'm going to be able to be a bit more pro-active with keeping on top of trending topics.
Editorial Update
Considering we're at the end of a commissioning month the schedule is looking healthier than it usually does - I still have some features to deploy and have already started looking at October. We've got some key reviews on the way next month, as well as the launch of Mario Kart Tour and I'll be looking into more game compilation content - going to do a Stadia test on SG.
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Stats for the last seven days
 
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(EG) denotes articles that are ‘Evergreen’ vs. Reviews, news and other non-search orientated content.
N3 COMBINED - September 13th - September 19th
Users: 88,757 (-13,238)
Pageviews: 197,654 (-23,491)
Previous figures
Sep 6 - Sep 12 221,145 pv / 101,995 users
Aug 30 - Sep 5 217,252 pv / 99,243 users
Aug 23 - Aug 29 209,463 pv / 91,316 users
Aug 16 - Aug 22 208,138 pv / 89,940 users
Aug 9 - Aug 15 213,502 pv / 92,203 users
Aug 2 - Aug 8 210,102 pv / 90,056 users
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POCKET TACTICS
Traffic -   September 13th - September 19th
Users: 28,604 (-5,966)
Pageviews: 75,771 (-7,685)
Previous figures
Sep 6 - Sep 12 83,456 pvs / 34,570 users
Aug 30 - Sep 5 86,806 pv / 37,076 users
Aug 23 - Aug 29 80,258 pv / 29,794 users
Aug 16 - Aug 22 80,272 pv / 28,062 users
This Week’s Top Articles
Pokemon Masters Tier List (Sep 9) - 3,791*
Games like Diablo (EG) (Sep 16) - 2,363
Hyper Light Drifter Feature (Sep 13) - 1,950
2019 Reviews Index - 1,851*
Games Like XCOM (EG) (Sep 16) - 1,839
Games like Slay the Spire (EG) - 1,473*
Best Auto Chess Games on Mobile (EG) - 1,379*
Best TBS Games Mobile (EG) - 1,213*
Board Games Mobile (EG) (Sep 10) - 1,136*
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STRATEGY GAMER
Traffic -    September 13th - September 19th
Users: 38,153 (-7,318)
Pageviews: 64,940 (-11,688)
Previous figures
Sep 6 - Sep 12 76,628 pvs / 45,471 users
Aug 30 - Sep 5 68,591 pv / 39,516 users
Aug 23 - Aug 29 69,409 pv / 40,147 users
Aug 16 - Aug 22 71,260 pv / 41,339 users
This Week’s Top Articles
EU4 DLC Guide (EG) - 3,646*
Upcoming Strategy Games 2019 (EG) - 3,219*
Civ 6 Best Civs (EG) - 2,979*
Best RTS Games (EG) - 2,732*
Best Rimworld Mods (EG) (Sep 4) - 2,526*
Civ 5 Best Civs (EG) - 1,997*
Stellaris Tips (EG) (Sep 18)- 1,737
Best TBS Games (EG) - 1,307*
CK2 DLC Guide (EG) - 1,269*
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WARGAMER
Traffic -  September 13th - September 19th
Users: 22,000 (+46)
Pageviews: 56,943 (-4,118)
Previous figures
Sep 6 - Sep 12 61,061 pv / 21,954 users
Aug 30 - Sep 5 61,855 pv / 22,651 users
Aug 23 - Aug 29 59,796 pv / 21,375 users
Aug 16 - Aug 22 56,606 pv / 20,539 users
                                            
This Week’s Top Articles
Hearts of Iron Mods (Sep 13) - 2,662
TOAW 4 Scenario Feature (Sep 16) - 2,018
Best WW2 War Games (EG) (Sep 2) - 1,983*
Naval War Games (EG) (Sep 10) - 1,539*
Best Arma 3 Mods (EG) (Sep 9) - 1,413*
Blue Cross White Ensign Review (Sep 18) - 1,346
HoI 4 DLC (EG) (Sep 13) - 1,330
Upcoming War Games 2019 (EG) - 991*
Main 'Articles' Page - 941*

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