There's no denying that Apple Arcade is a gamechanger. The mobile games space has long been modeled around microtransactions, design was mostly built around that form of monetization. There were a few breakout games that sold without microtransactions, but they were the exception and not the rule. Now, as more and more interesting games roll out on Apple's new subscription service, it begs the question "What does this mean for game developers?" Apple has made a big show of courting big name developers, but with a lack of transparency it's hard to tell in these early days whether independent developers will ultimately be hurt or helped by the new model. We discuss this and more on today's Waypoint Radio. You can listen to the full episode and read an excerpt below.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/59n5b3/waypoint-radio-discusses-gamings-latest-subscription-service-apple-arcade