Several games that were previously available as part of the Apple Arcade subscription service have been removed.
Fifteen titles have been discontinued, and all of them are games that were introduced at the start of the service. Since mid-July, these games had appeared in a “Leaving Arcade Soon” section of the Apple Arcade tab of the App Store. This section is now gone, suggesting that these are the only games that will be removed in the immediate future.
Apple revealed that these games would be leaving Arcade in this section, so subscribers had just over two weeks notice. But there is a bit more time for those currently playing the games.
A supporting document released by Apple clarifies that the games will remain playable for an additional two weeks for users who have previously downloaded the games. Once the games are no longer playable, users will see a pop-up explaining that they are unavailable.
Games are leaving the service because agreements between the developers and Apple have been reached, but these agreements do not prevent the developers from making these games available as direct purchases or downloads through the App Store outside of the Arcade subscription now.
In some cases, games on the open App Store may be almost identical to their Arcade counterparts, but in others there may be differences. And sometimes developers may choose not to reintroduce their games to the App Store.
Apple provides the infrastructure for players to import their saved progress from Arcade builds to App Store builds, but developers must choose to support this, which isn’t always possible.
As with TV subscription services like Netflix, the agreements developers sign with subscription services aren’t usually permanent, so expect the Arcade library to mix up over time, as we’ve seen. have seen with Xbox Game Pass.
There’s no clear path to long-term preservation of games removed from the service, but Apple and app developers can extend expiring agreements in some cases.
Here is a complete list of games that have not been renewed:
- Atonement: Elderheart
- BattleSky Brigade: Harpooner
- Dead end job
- Don’t bother me!
- Nautical Redoubt
- slide of life
- Above the Alps
- Screening: First Light
- Towaga: among the shadows
- Varied daily life