Apple Arcade updates Atone: Heart of the Elder Tree and two other games

Check out the new gameplay this weekend.

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Shelby Brown (she/her/hers) is an editor for CNET's services team. She covers tips and tricks for apps, operating systems and devices, as well as mobile gaming and Apple Arcade news. Shelby also oversees Tech Tips coverage. Before joining CNET, she covered app news for Download.com and served as a freelancer for Louisville.com.
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This story is part of CNET's coverage of Apple Arcade, including exclusive first looks we got at some of the service's high-profile new games.

On Thursday, Apple Arcade, Apple's $4.99-a-month gaming service, launched updates for three games in the App Store. The gaming service has been updating a few games every week in tandem with releasing new titles for its growing catalog of over 120 games that you can play on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple TV. It's also started rolling out for Mac.

With many people sheltering in place amid the coronavirus pandemic, playing a video game can be a welcome distraction and a way to pass the time. Here are more details on the updated games.

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Atone: Heart of the Elder Tree

Developer: Wildboy Studios

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Atone: Heart of the Elder Tree is a game with multiple endings based around Norse mythology. The update added a new arena game mode and two new arena exclusive battles. 

Murder Mystery Machine

Developer: Blazing Griffin

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The Law and Order-style interactive detective game added a new episode and more puzzles for players to solve.

Stellar Commanders

Developer: Blindflug

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Stellar Commanders, the multiplayer space strategy game, added a local multiplayer mode for quick play with friends.There's also a new planet for players to fight for control over and league ranks. The updates introduce a whole new level of competition to the game. 

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