Ultimate Rivals: The Court brings extreme basketball to Apple Arcade soon

Ultimate Rivals Apple Arcade Art
Ultimate Rivals Apple Arcade Art (Image credit: Bit Fry Game Studios)

What you need to know

  • Ultimate Rivals: The Court brings some of the world's biggest sports stars to Apple Arcade for 3-on-3 extreme basketball.
  • Players will be able to compete against their friends and family to see who owns the court.

Apple Arcade is set to gain a new extreme basketball game "soon," with Ultimate Rivals: The Court now available for pre-order via the App Store. The game won't include any in-app purchases or ads and will be playable on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.

Featuring action-packed 3-on-3 basketball, gamers can choose their own team of some of the world's biggest sports superstars — and not just those from the world of basketball. The list of stars is long and varied, with more to come in future updates.

Set in a digital world of the near future, Ultimate Rivals: The Court is the first basketball experience to gives fans the ability to play as their favorite athletes wherever and however they choose, with pros such as NBA's Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, and legendary athletes like Larry Bird, Julius Erving and Shaquille O'Neal; WNBA's Candace Parker, Diana Taurasi, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins-Smith; USWNT's Alex Morgan; NFL's Juju Smith-Schuster; NHL's Alex Ovechkin and legend Wayne Gretzky.


We don't know for sure when Ultimate Rivals: The Court will be available for download, but you can tell the App Store to remind you when it's ready to play right now over in the App Store.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.