An nameless reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Humble, the bundle-centric video games retailer that launched with expansive Mac and Linux assist in 2010, will quickly shift a serious element of its enterprise to Home windows-only gaming. The retailer’s month-to-month subscription service, Humble Selection, beforehand provided a variety of worth tiers; the extra you paid, the extra new video games you could possibly declare in a given month. Beginning February 1, Humble Selection will embody much less selection, as it can solely provide a single $12/month tier, full with just a few new recreation giveaways per thirty days and ongoing entry to 2 collections of video games: Humble’s present “Trove” assortment of traditional video games, and a brand-new “Humble Video games Assortment” of extra fashionable titles.
However this shift in subscription technique comes with a brand new, unlucky requirement: a completely new launcher app, which have to be used to entry and obtain Humble Trove and Humble Video games Assortment video games going ahead. Worse, this app will likely be Home windows-only. Present subscribers have been given an abrupt countdown warning (as noticed by NeoWin). These subscribers have till January 31 to make use of the present web site interface to obtain DRM-free copies of any video games’ Mac or Linux variations. Beginning February 1, subscription-specific downloads will likely be taken off the positioning, and Mac and Linux variations particularly will disappear altogether. Curiously, the present Trove library consists of 79 video games, however Humble says that the Trove assortment will embody “50+ video games” beginning February 1. This week’s warning to Humble’s Mac and Linux subscribers notes that “many” of the present Trove video games will seem on the Humble Launcher, which is probably going a pleasant method of claiming that among the present video games is not going to — maybe round 20 or so, based mostly on the aforementioned numbers. Regardless of these adjustments, Trove’s collection of video games will stay DRM-free. FAQs concerning the Humble Launcher recommend that subscribers can obtain Trove information and proceed accessing them in DRM-free trend, no Humble Launcher or ongoing subscription required. The identical promise has not been made for the extra fashionable recreation assortment discovered within the new Humble Video games Assortment.