Cartoon Network among first partners for Apple’s new gaming platform Apple Arcade

Cartoon Network, Bandai Namco, and Ubisoft’s Rayman franchise are among the first studios to sign up with exclusive new gaming titles for the initial sweep of 100 exclusive titles to hit Apple’s upcoming gaming platform, Apple Arcade.

this week, the tech giant’s CEO Tim Cook has confirmed the launch date of both its new gaming platform and TV streaming service, citing September 19 and November 1 respectively

Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe, Bandai Namco’s Pac-Man and Ubisoft’s Rayman will be among the first franchises to take to the Apple Arcade platform when it launches later this month. They will feature among 100 exclusive titles for the subscription gaming service.

Meanwhile, called Apple TV+, the TV streaming platform will feature original content that will be updated each month, and will cost $4.99 per month, falling cheaper than its rival Netflix. It joins a growing slate of streaming platforms, including Disney+.

Announced at an event in Cupertino, California, Cook revealed that the platform will be available in more than 100 countries. Apple TV+ was announced earlier this year, but its release date – until now – was never detailed.

Original shows on the platform will include See, a drama set 600 years in the future, and The Morning Show, which explores the world of morning news. It will also feature programmes made by Hollywood elite Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steven Spielberg.

“With Apple TV+ we are presenting all-original stories from the best, brightest and most creative minds, and we know viewers will find their new favourite show or movie on our service,” said Zack Van Amburg, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video.

Apple has also confirmed its new subscription-based gaming service, Apple Arcade, will launch on September 19 this year. It too will cost $4.99 a month and will include more than 100 exclusive games at launch.

Cook said it was to be “a gaming service unlike any other out there.”

The titles will be playable across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV.

“We are so excited to launch Apple Arcade on the App Store. A curated selection of over 100 new and exclusive games from many of the most innovative game developers in the world is the perfect complement to the App Store’s existing massive catalogue of games,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

“We think customers of all ages are going to be delighted that a single subscription gives the whole family unlimited access to the full catalogue of amazing Apple Arcade games, all without any ads or additional purchases, while knowing every game must meet Apple’s high privacy standards.”

Of the first titles detailed for Apple Arcade, Bandai Namco has got in quick with a Pac-Man title pac-Man party Royale, while Ubisoft is bringing its Rayman franchise to the platform with Rayman Mini. 

Cartoon Network is launching an original game, Steven Universe: Unleash the Light to Apple Arcade, marking a major move to gaming for the animation studio. 

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