I’ve been subscribed to the Humble Monthly plan since February 2017. I went and checked. A friend had been subscribed even longer than that, so I was a bit more aware of what was coming in the packs than I might otherwise have been. So when I experienced having bought Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (fantastic game, btw) a couple of months before it turned up in the December 2016 bundle… And again with the Vermintide DLC that turned up in the January 2017 bundle, I’d at last had enough and subscribed.

Over that time the formula hasn’t really changed too significantly. There is an early reveal of one or more titles to act as the hook for the coming month, which you gain access to the moment you pay. Then around the 5th of each month it’s a mini-Christmas time with 5-7ish additional titles being blasted your way.

The perceived quality or value of each bundle is admittedly all over the place, especially for those with an already large library of games. There have absolutely been months where I’ve already owned everything of interest already.

But at the other end of the spectrum there have been truly spectacular months. The headliners for November for example are already amazing. It almost doesn’t matter what else there is — this is a fantastic bundle for me personally.

And heck, even in the months I personally didn’t get much out of it — there is almost always something to gift to a friend, and that brings a certain joy of its own.

But- things are a changin’!

Humble Choice (and the ‘Classic’ Plan)

Full credit to Krikket for me even being aware of this — I had the email, but likely would have passed right on by without really looking if not for her post. And it’s kind of a big deal!

Biggest change is that the hidden ‘mystery’ element will be removed. You’ll see a range of games from which to personalise a choice each month. We therefore exchange the Christmas effect for more certainty that you’ll like everything you get. In my view? A good trade.

What I don’t know yet is how many games each month will be available to choose from. At least 10, I suppose, since that is how many the Classic tier plan will have access to.

Existing subscribers before the switch to Humble Choice occurs (almost certainly in December, given the 2019 timeline and November headliners already being announced) will be entitled to the Classic plan for so long as they remain a subscriber.

If you cancel as opposed to just pausing the service, (not something I was aware you could even do before Krikket’s post) then you will not be able to get back to the Classic plan. Nor will this plan be sold to customers beyond the switch over.

And that is where the controversy kicks in…

Because of course some people are angry.

If you approach the Humble Monthly subscription like me — in considering it more or less a permanent fixture, like Netflix or your Internet service — then this is essentially only upside, and a good thing.

But if you were someone who previously preferred to just jump in and out when the headliners caught your eye, this is a fairly significant change for the worse.

You’re being asked to commit to retain the benefit of the grandfathered ‘Classic’ plan over the longer term. Cancelling will drop you out into the inferior (and costlier) plans for life. But as noted, you can pause your subscription without losing your benefits.

Still — I can see why those who liked to dip in and out are annoyed. It’s certainly far less convenient to do that under this new model.

Where you personally land on it is going to depend largely on how you view the subscription. But if the ‘mystery’ element has held you back from subscribing in the past, and with choice you might be interested — jump in now.

The bottom of the Humble Choice Classic page notes that this change is coming in 2019. With the November headliners already announced under the current model my suspicion is that as soon as this bundle finalises in 12 days (from when this publishes) we’ll see a conversion to the new model. And if you haven’t subscribed by then, the Classic option will be gone. (Which, let’s be clear — is entirely playing into the hands of this move. But hey… The value is at least there to back it up. ;))

If you would like to subscribe, the normal link is here.

But if you’re so inclined, there is also my referral link. If you use that one instead of the normal 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.

5 Comments

Nogamara · October 20, 2019 at 4:02 am

I’ve never even tried the monthly bundle and I’m pretty sure it’s not for me, but that is kind of a big price hike. With the exception of jumping on the bandwagon now, I guess (if it works even you have never been a subscriber, that’s at least fair).

    Naithin · October 20, 2019 at 4:09 am

    Speaking purely from a rational point of view — even at $20 USD / month for 9 games, it is still an incredibly compelling value proposition. Anything more than a couple of games which you would’ve otherwise picked up at some point anyway, and you’ve made your subscription back.

    …But that’s often not how people evaluate value.

    Anyone who knows about the Classic plan — ESPECIALLY if they know about it because they previously had it — is going to really struggle with the comparative component and may not be able to bring themselves to subscribe even though it may well still be good for them to do so.

    In any case yes — from what we understand of the announcement, you can indeed still jump on the bandwagon now and get the Classic plan on Choice when it rolls over. But the moment it DOES roll over, the Classic plan will no longer be available for any new comers.

    Naithin · October 21, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    The claim is also that they will be investing more heavily in buying rights to games for these licenses, so if true we should see more bigger titles enter the bundles and possibly sooner in their life cycles too.

Michelle | A Geek Girl's Guide · October 20, 2019 at 10:13 am

I didn’t know this was happening! I am one that would jump in and out of subscribing based on the headlining games. But I still think this is a great switch. Often I’d get games I’d have no interest in, so having more choice is cool.

    Naithin · October 20, 2019 at 10:27 am

    I guess there is still scope to go wrong if the choices are poor or leads them to offer repeat options too frequently — but I’m still pretty positive about this shift and hopefully it’ll only be a good thing for us. :)

    The ‘controversy’ such as it was, was mostly in the YT comments to the announcement video for current subscribers. Not your most positive of communities to begin with, so I suspect they’ll be a minority yet a fairly vocal one.

    Glad you’re happy about the change too! :D

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