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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.

What do you think about the changes?

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brokeassben 6 days ago
Quoting: TuxeeJust got this mail


QuoteWe want to give you a heads up that starting February 1, Mac and Linux versions of the DRM-free games currently in the Humble Trove will no longer be available.

As a Humble Choice member, you can still download them to keep for your personal collection until January 31. Windows 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.
Yeah, just got that as well. I was supposed to have three months of Humble Choice for $6, but the cost had shot up to $19.99 so I promptly cancelled and I think that's it for me. Humble Bundle was so great 10 years back. Sooo disappointing to see its slow descent into mediocrity.
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?
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:

QuoteHi,

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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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.
mirv 5 days ago
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The Humble-has-begun-to-Crumble-and-just-makes-people-Grumble Bundle.

Crumbling Bundle?
Hack Pack?
nullzero 4 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 about 17 hours ago
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 about 8 hours ago
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.
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