15 games will soon be removed from Apple Arcade, Apple’s $5 monthly membership programme for video games. According to TouchArcade, the App Store now has a new section at the bottom of the Arcade tab called “Leaving Arcade Soon,” which lists the titles that will be retired.
There was no other information (beyond “soon”) about the games’ removal when you checked the new area on my iPhone. TouchArcade reports that games have previously left Apple Arcade, but this appears to be the first time Apple has specifically said which games will be leaving. A request for comment from Apple was not immediately complied with.
Here is the list of games that will be retiring as of this writing:
- Atone: Heart of the Elder Tree
- BattleSky Brigade: Harpooner
- Dead End Job
- Don’t Bug Me!
- Dread Nautical
- Over the Alps
- Projection: First Light
- Towaga: Among Shadows
- Various Daylife
For $5 per month, you can enjoy more than 200 games without being interrupted by ads or in-app purchases. The selection includes well-known games like Hironobu Sakaguchi’s Fantasian as well as Apple Arcade versions of beloved App Store classics like Jetpack Joyride and Tiny Wings. Although you don’t know whether or when more titles will be deleted in the future, Apple is now communicating that a portion of the library will be going, so it seems possible that we could need to get used to more frequent departures, similar to services like Xbox Game Pass.
You might want to start playing the games that are retiring sooner rather than later if you’ve been wanting to check them out.
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