If you’ve still been sitting on the fence about Humble Choice, time to decide and lock-in the current ‘Classic’ pricing is running out. No longer a prediction — we have an actual date. December 6th Humble Choice kicks into life. So you’d want to have opted-in no later than December 5th to ensure your place, probably.

There is actually a timer on the Humble page itself (my referral link1 / standard link), and it says you can subscribe up to and including December 6th to get the current bundle. Just colour me suspicious, I suppose.

I must say — even though I’ve not struggled too greatly with sticking to my set list of games this month, to the point of only really focusing on two (well, one)… There has been a pretty interesting side effect. One that’s only really come up quite recently. As in the last two days, since the last Looking Forward post.

Basically everything that crosses my path game wise right now is looking pretty appealing. Hmm. There might be some parallels there, but I won’t draw them. ;)

In any case — the tie in to this post, is that I’m growing increasingly excited by the prospect of Humble Choice being here. And quite antsy to see exactly how it’s going to work.

With the ‘Classic’ subscription we get to ‘choose’ 10 games each month. Will there actually still be a choice, or will there only be a catalog of 10 each month and thus we get them all? The best plan that will actually be on sale after the grandfathering of the current Humble Monthly occurs gets access to 9 each month. So possibly they just need to choose to leave one on the table?

Or possible it’ll go the other way and each month it’ll be a huge catalog of options — but then with a lot of overlap month on month between the offerings?

I’m hoping for something in the middle personally, perhaps 15-20 to choose from with minimal month on month recycling.

Oh.. Hm. Actually we might have an answer to this already. I can’t spot it anywhere in the official collateral, but I just saw a YouTube video with a cover image stating Humble with ‘curate a selection of 10 games each month’. So as a Classic subscriber, it won’t really be a matter of choosing.

You’ll get them all.

… That is a good thing, right? I’m a little conflicted though! I liked the idea of putting in some choice to it all.

I digress! It’s coming soon! Looking forward to it. :)

Footnotes

  1. If you use this link instead of the standard link, $12 NZD is added to my Humble store wallet.

Naithin

Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

2 Comments

Jeromai · November 24, 2019 at 2:08 pm

It’s 10 games a month as currently planned. https://support.humblebundle.com/hc/en-us/articles/360036284854-Humble-Choice-FAQ

It looks like they’re planning to increase the price of the bundle gradually over time, and starting with all those who vacillate between months. Presumably it’s much harder to pay for games to offer in bundles and recoup sufficient revenue if one cannot predict just how many takers there will be per month.

Overall, new subscribers (be they really new, or those who just cancel and sub whenever) will end up paying the same or a little more (~$12-$14) for less choice. For those who only want a few games sporadically, it’s around the cost of whatever they’re doing now (subbing for 1-3 months and then canceling.) Those who end up converting to the ‘full’ subscription will end up paying around $20 per month (with currently one less game, choose 9 out of 10, but I bet you they will eventually create ‘bonus’ sale periods where you can get all 10 for $20.)

In the meantime, to not alienate the old subscribers and end up with spates of canceled subscriptions, they’re maintaining the ‘classic’ plan of get all games for $11-12, and going for loss aversion to persuade people to essentially lock in their subs forever and not flake and cancel.

Yours truly is a game collector, so I’ll be maintaining a classic sub for as long as it’s mutually beneficial. If the game quality drops, there’s always cancellation forever and resorting to Steam sales instead. Last year, I managed to pick up the Black Friday offer of $99 for 12 months, so I got a great deal out of the past year. I wonder if they’ll be doing the same thing this year. It’ll be a ridiculously good way of motivating people to sync up their subscriptions for the most predictable revenue stream.

    Naithin · November 24, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Oh nice, thank-you for the link to the FAQ. That has a lot more detail in it now than it did earlier!

    Generally agree though, the maneuver they’ve done around grandfathering of the Classic plan is very much a lock-in move, but one I’m not really upset about as long as the quality doesn’t (at the very least) dip below what we see now.

    You *can* pause your subscription months without fully breaking your eligibility too, which should ease the sting. From what I understand that can be done for consecutive months, too.

    Anywho, not long to go now for the first taste of the sort of quality they have in mind.

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