Apple’s game subscription service just got a massive influx of new titles. Headliner is Fantastic the latest release from the creator of Final Fantasy – which is joined by other titles as new versions of NBA 2K and Oregon Trail, and The world of demons from PlatinumGames. As part of the update, the service gets two new categories of games: Apple calls them “Timeless Classics” and “App Store Greats.”
For the big ones, Apple adds a number of high-profile mobile hits to the service, including Trees, Monument Valley, Mini Metro, and a remaster of Cut the rope. Timeless classics, meanwhile, refer to iconic games such as backgammon, solitaire and Zach Gage̵
Apple Arcade was first launched in 2019 as a new option for premium gaming on a platform that had been dominated by free-to-play experiences. The original course was a service full of new, mostly exclusive games from developers like Final Fantasy creates Hironobu Sakaguchi and a number of indie believers.
Despite the quality games and the relatively low price (an Arcade subscription is $ 4.99 per month), Apple is reportedly not happy with the amount of engagement games it gets, which may be one reason behind this latest shift in direction.