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Apple Arcade adds over 30 new games in its biggest expansion ever

Apple Arcade got a surprise update bringing 30 new games to the platform. The update brings much-anticipated games like Fantasian to the platform, as well as mobile classics.

The update is a significant overhaul for Apple’s gaming subscription service. Apple’s strategy initially revolved around launching new, original games on the platform. The new additions bring the service’s collection of games up past 180.

The new update adds two new categories to the service: Timeless Classics and App Store Greats. Timeless Classics brings basic games to iOS devices, such as Solitaire and Backgammon. The App Store Greats category includes hit mobile games like Monument Valley and Fruit Ninja Classic.

The update features new, exclusive Arcade Originals. That list includes some high-profile releases, such as PlatinumGames’ World of Demons, NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition, and a new take on The Oregon Trail. The biggest new addition is Fantasian, the long-awaited RPG by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.

The update comes after reports that Apple was planning a major strategic shift for the service. Last year, Bloomberg reported that the company was canceling some of its deals with developers. The move was reportedly part of an effort to refocus on user engagement on the service. The addition of old standby mobile games seems to support that theory, though the update does feature plenty of less hook-heavy new releases.

Apple Arcade is available for $5 a month with a one-month free trial. The service is included in the Apple One service as well, with monthly prices starting at $15.

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