According to an insider speaking with MacRumors, the games will not be available to play once they are removed. It seems the issue is a matter of Apple choosing not to renew contracts with certain developers. Many of the games being removed are Apple Arcade launch titles. While this is not the first time Apple has taken a title off of Arcade, it is the first time the company has officially announced which titles are leaving. The quantity of titles leaving is also surprising and something new.
In the Apple App Store’s Arcade section, there is now a new section called “Leaving Arcade Soon” that lists fifteen titles that will no longer be available. Apple is taking 15 games out of Apple Arcade. This section includes a list of the games below. The games can now be downloaded by Arcade subscribers while they are still available. Apple makes no mention of the games’ departure date or the reasons behind it.
In other Apple Arcade news, the popular Oregon Trail has received an update that integrates Apple Arcade and Apple Health. The new update now motivates players to walk the 2,000 mile path in real life. The new “Walk the Trail” feature takes advantage of data collected from the Health app on your iPhone (though, doesn’t expect you to walk the actual trail). Additionally, Gameloft has also added a step-tracker to the Apple Watch that is also based around Oregon Trail.
Apple typically does not explain what happens to games that are leaving the service. This leaves players unsure what will happen to their save data. It is also unclear whether these titles will transition to a premium or free release, or face delisting altogether. For Apple Arcade, the service is currently priced at $4.99 per month, and includes more than 200 new and original gaming titles. All games are free to play with no additional purchases in-app or payments required. The Family Sharing features allow up to six family members to share a single Apple Arcade subscription.
Apple Arcade is also getting some new titles, with two being exclusives. Subway Surfers: Tag recently arrived on July 15, whereas exclusives HEROish arrives July 22 and Kingdom Rush Vengeance TD+ arrives July 29. What are you playing in Apple Arcade right now? Are you sad to see any of these titles leave? Let us know in the comments.