Fifteen Games Set to Leave Apple Arcade Soon

For the first time since Apple Arcade launched, the subscription service is set to lose games. Yesterday, a new section in the Arcade section of the App Store was enabled, entitled “Leaving Arcade Soon”. In all, there are fifteen games set to leave the service, most of which were early releases or launch day releases on the service.

Some of the titles that are set to depart include:

  • Dread Nautical
  • ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree
  • BattleSky Brigade: Harpooner
  • Cardpocalypse
  • Dead End Job
  • Don’t Bug Me! Explottens
  • Lifeslide
Games Leaving Apple Arcade
Games Leaving Apple Arcade

Apple has not given an indicator on when the games will leave the Arcade, nor have they provide a reason for why they are leaving. However, MacRumors cited a source indicating that it could simply be a matter of the developers contracts expiring.

When ‌Apple Arcade‌ first launched, Apple signed three-year deals with a number of developers, entering into contracts that provided a fixed payment and ongoing royalties. Those contracts are now ending, and Apple is opting not to renew some of them. Many of the games that are being removed were launch titles or were added to ‌Apple Arcade‌ soon after it debuted.

Developers retain the rights to their games and can re-release them on the ‌App Store‌ and/or through other platforms, but games that are removed from ‌Apple Arcade‌ won’t be accessible under the ‌Apple Arcade‌ service.

Games can be re-added to the ‌App Store‌ on the same day that they’re removed from ‌Apple Arcade‌, but the games will be uploaded with a new bundle ID. That means ‌Apple Arcade‌ subscribers can redownload the games, but they won’t have access to the same game that was available through ‌Apple Arcade‌.


Ultimately, it remains unclear if saved progress in games will be retained once the game leaves Arcade and if it were to be re-instated in the App Store by the developer.

If you aren’t an Arcade subscriber, you can become one simply by joining in the App Store. It is $4.99 per month. You can also join Apple One with a slew of other benefits in addition to the Apple Arcade subscription for $29.95 per month.

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