A narrative adventure game from the award-winning studio behind Monument Valley, Ustwo, has been announced. The game will be exclusive to Apple Arcade, launching alongside the new subscription service on Thursday. Described as “a story about taking things apart and putting ourselves back together”, Assemble With Care follows the adventures of globe-trotting antique restorer Maria, who “learns about the lives and relationships of her customers by restoring the cherished items that they’ve come to neglect”.
— ustwo games (@ustwogames) September 16, 2019
The game was originally scheduled to be announced on Thursday September 19th, but as Apple Arcade has unlocked prematurely for some users, the announcement has been brought forward to today. Though the vast majority of subscribers to the new service will have to wait until Thursday to play it.
First announced back in March 2019, Apple stated the subscription service for iOS – which will launch on September 19, 2019, for £5/$5 a month – was “unlike any other” service and would feature “over 100 groundbreaking new games where storytelling and design are pushed further than ever before”. One subscription will unlock the entire catalogue across 150 counties, and all games will be available – without ads or in-app purchases – to download to your device. Up to six family members are able to share a single subscription.
At the time, Apple said it “will be partnering with a variety of high-profile studios and publishers” including Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Konami, Lego, Mistwalker, and Ustwo Games, and reported it would be “contributing development costs” to some of the games on its new service.
“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, at the time.
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