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Apple Arcade: why are games disappearing from the catalog?

Apple Arcade subscribers have noticed a new tab in the menu. This one is dedicated to video games that will be removed from the catalog. Yes, like Xbox Game Pass, Apple’s cloud gaming service will start removing video games. How many titles are affected? What are the reasons for this choice? What to do if your favorite video game disappears from the catalog?

Reasons for deletion

For Xbox Game Pass subscribers, the removal of video games from the cloud gaming service catalog is commonplace. It is much less so for those who have registered with the competitor Apple Arcade. Until now, the platform offered ad-free and microtransaction-free video games for €4.99 per month and with no reduction in the number of playable titles. This formula has just been modified with the appearance of a tab dedicated to Apple Arcade games which will be removed from the catalog.

The apple brand has not given any real reason for this decision. The best track that explains it comes from the Mac Rumors site. According to analysts, this removal of games on the platform is due to rights reasons. Indeed, the American giant would have signed exclusive contracts with the developers for a period of three years. Those who disappear from the catalog are those whose exclusivity contract is not renewed by Apple.

Fifteen titles concerned

Apple’s decision currently concerns 15 video games, the list of which can be consulted at the end of the article. This will not be a one-time operation since an Apple Arcade tab is dedicated. Indeed, waves of suppression will occur in the future. We do not know the number of titles deleted in each wave. Don’t worry, in return, new video games will regularly come to supply the catalog, as is the case with PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass.

What to do if your favorite video game is deleted?

It is not to be excluded that your favorite title on Apple Arcade is part of the list below or those to come. In this case, it will not instantly disappear from the service. It will be available in its usual format for at least two weeks. At the end of this period, the title will no longer be playable on Apple Arcade. We will have to hope for a return to the Apple Store to continue playing the game. Indeed, Apple has assured that the developers are free to continue to offer their games on the store.

On the other hand, it could include microtransactions and posts or even become paid. All of these changes depend on developers regaining the rights to their video games after removal from Apple Arcade’s catalog.

The list of video games removed from Apple Arcade

  • Screening: First Light
  • Lifeslide
  • Different Daylife
  • EarthNight
  • Sluggish: Heart of the Elder Tree
  • Beyond the Alps
  • Nautical Fear
  • Cardpocalypse
  • Towaga: among the shadows
  • dead end task
  • Don’t bother me!
  • Spelldrifter
  • Spidersaurs
  • Explottens
  • BattleSky Brigade: Harpooner