Apple have recently added a “leaving soon” section to the apple arcade store, signaling the departure of roughly 15 games from the service.
Apple them self have refused to comment on why said games are leaving, however MacRumors have been able to speak to an insider for comment, which has shed some light on what is going on behind the scenes.
When apple arcade first launched, Apple signed a number of three-year deals with developers, entering into contracts that provided a fixed payment and ongoing royalties. These contracts are now coming to an end, and Apple is either opting not to renew them or the developers themselves have chosen not to renew. Many of the titles leaving where either launch titles for the service or where added shortly after launch.
Developers Retain the rights to their games and can re-release them on the app store, or through other platforms, but the games that are removed from the apple arcade service wone be accessible through apple arcade.
Games can be re-added to the app store on the same day they are removed from apple arcade, but games will be uploaded with a new Bundle ID. this means that Apple Arcade Subscribers will be able to redownload the games, but they will not be able to access the same game that was available through arcade
As of right now it is not clear is saved progress will be able to transfer over from the apple arcade version of the game to the new version, should the devs choose to reintroduce their games to the app store, as that will depend on whether developers implement support for data transfer.
Games leavering include Spelldrifer, Projection: Fist Light, EarthNight, Cardpocalypse, Dead End Job, and more.
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