Humble Bundle appeared over a decade ago with an interesting pitch: pay what you want for a DRM-free bundle of games, but the more you pay, the more games you get. Over time, the site tweaked its offerings and rolled out a subscription option to offer new games every month. However, Humble Bundle has announced a subscription change that some players won’t like. It’s simplifying its subscription offerings and rolling out a new launcher, but that launcher is Windows only. Linux and macOS customers only have a few weeks to download their purchased games before they become unavailable.
Previously, the Humble Choice subscription had tiers, and the more expensive ones came with more games. Going forward, it will only be a one-time fee of $12 per month for all games starting February 1. Additionally, there will be ongoing giveaways and continued access to HB’s game collections: the “Trove” with a collection of classic titles and the new “Humble Games Collection”.
According to Humble Bundle, the new launcher will organize your games, notify you of new items, and “make sure you never miss out on great deals.” It’s similar to existing desktop clients for gaming rigs in that regard.
Customers will need to use the new launcher app to download these games, and there may not be as many as there are now. According to Ars-Technica, Humble Bundle says the Trove will have “50+” games when the new subscription and launcher rolls out in February. However, there are 79 games available right now. It is possible that HB is preparing us for the deletion of certain titles. Everything else will remain at least DRM-free.
Games on Linux and macOS have long been a tiny fraction of the overall market. Humble Bundle has made a point of supporting these platforms, but there have been fewer and fewer compatible titles in recent years. The same goes for Android, which was once the focus of Humble Bundle but has now fallen by the wayside. However, you can still download these mobile APKs. Likewise, keys for Steam, GoG, and other stores purchased from Humble Bundle will still be available.
Anyone with Linux or macOS games from Humble Bundle will need to act fast to save their content. After February 1, these downloads will no longer be available. There will also be no additional updates. If that’s a problem, you’ll have to buy a copy elsewhere.