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Humble Bundle has announced changes are coming in February for Humble Choice, so let’s go over what they’re going to be doing.

First up, they’re moving back towards how it started with Humble Monthly. There’s only going to be one single tier at $11.99 / £8.99 / €9.99 - with regional pricing and more regions supported, except if you’re on the Classic plan you continue to be billed in USD. The amount of games will fluctuate, and hopefully mean they will be better and you will get access to all of them.

Humble said: “Our focus is to bring you maximum bang for your buck through an expertly curated mix of awesome games. The exact number of games might vary each month, but no matter what our scouts choose, our mission is to always bring you a ton of value that’s well worth the price of admission. And as always, you can skip a month whenever you want or cancel anytime.”

Next up, they’ve decided you need another launcher with the Humble app, which will only be supported on Windows. This will be required for the new, additional, Humble Games Collection. This will contain a “growing” list of curated games. On top of that the Humble Trove is being renamed to the Humble Vault, which they say will remain “DRM-free” but it will also require the Humble app.

If you pause (now called Skip) or cancel, you lose access to the Humble Games Collection and the Vault.

Humble Store discounts are also changing. It’s no longer a set 10% or 20%. Instead, it’s based on how long you keep going.

  • 1-2 months: 10%
  • 3-5 months: 15%
  • 6-11 months: 17%
  • 12+ months: 20%

It’s clearly Humble Bundle grasping at straws to try and make their business work, as clearly a lot of people were pausing (skipping) months. Reducing the store discount, and taking away parts of it if you do that, they’re of course hoping more people keep it up.

Having more in an app does make some sense, even if I groan at yet another app, as it will remind people more often about what they offer. For Linux users though, having it as Windows-only will likely mean no more Linux builds for the Trove / Vault for example, so a step backwards there, but we’re still a small market they don’t exactly need to care much about.

Once the app is out, we’ll take a look and see if it can be made to run with Wine or set as a launcher in Steam to run with Proton.

The changes come into effect on February 1. Humble have said these changes do not affect the rest of the store or bundles they will do.

What do you think about the changes?

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pleasereadthemanual Jan 12, 2022
Quoting: TuxeeJust got this mail

QuoteWindows PC versions of many of these games will still be available to download in the upcoming Humble app, alongside the brand-new Humble Games Collection.
So, the Humble Trove (Vault) library will be smaller than the original and support only one platform?
pleasereadthemanual Jan 13, 2022
I didn't receive the email others appear to have received from Humble. I suppose because I'm not subscribed to the right emails.

However, I did make a support inquiry with some of my questions and received this response:


Thanks for writing in! The Humble Games Collection is replacing the Humble Trove. Starting February 1, Mac and Linux versions of the DRM-free games currently in the Humble Trove will no longer be available. The ones provided from the Humble Games Collection are all DRM-free, but the are Windows-only. You can find more information about this here: Changes Coming to Humble Choice FAQ

Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns!

It appears that all games shipped with the Humble client will be DRM-Free. But only available on Windows.
Termy Jan 13, 2022
OK, even actively removing the existing Linux-builds in the Trove is the last drop to cancellation for me - that's just malevolence without any reason.
Chronarius Jan 13, 2022
Well, doesn't surprise me. Humble Bundle has become just a name. Nothing Humble there anymore. I'm not buying a lot there anymore. For what they are taking a 30% cut per Bundle? It was great before it has been sold, but now ... R.I.P.
nullzero Jan 14, 2022
Quoting: AwesamLinuxAs long as Humble continues providing the monthly games as Steam keys, then I will probably continue subscribing and pausing/cancelling whenever needed.

But those that are looking for other legit bundle sites, I recommend taking a look at Fanatical and Indiegala. [...]

I would also consider Green man Gaming btw, even with the 20% Humble discount on top of the sales I sometimes get better prices in there. For example I consistently see better end prices for "The Elder Scrolls Online" DLCs and other Bethesda games during sales than the other mentioned stores.
reaply Jan 16, 2022
I have clearly unsubbed and I won't give them a penny again.

It's aa sad time as I've been with them since the beginning and I've spent at least $1,440 with them for a decade.
Protektor Jan 17, 2022
Well that's the end of Humble Bundle for me. I won't bother to buy from them anymore. They rarely sell DRM free stuff themselves. Majority of what they sell is Steam keys these days. Now you throw in them choosing to basically dump Linux support and Humble Bundle becomes a big NO for me.
tpau Jan 18, 2022
I think a quick access to a store and downloads in a common gui is necessary.
Why they have to cut Linux and mac builds though, I don't understand.
It would be fine to have Windows builds downloaded as a file from the website like before.
If they don't want to build a Linux or mac installer, fine.Someone will do it if they want to. They could open an api to support that and get away cheaply.

Requiring a middle man to launch a game is a plague.
BlackBloodRum Jan 18, 2022
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That email sucks.

Goodbye humble, it was nice knowing you.

I generally use Steam and GOG mostly anyway.

(I know, GOG doesn't provide a linux client - but at least their games feature Linux builds where the developer uploads one and doesn't remove it like Humble just did...)
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