Apple Arcade is a great subscription that allows you to play a lot of games every month, without having to worry about extra costs. However, those games will of course never remain available within the service forever. What happens when the company removes games from Cupertino? We now know more about that.
Apple published an article about this on the support section of the official website. There you can read everything about Arcade: how to find new games and how to update them. But now also what happens when the games disappear from the service. Can you still play them if you installed them before?
What if games disappear from Apple Arcade?
If you, as a subscriber with an active subscription, downloaded a game that is no longer available after that, you can still play that game for a while. This is possible up to at least two weeks after the removal date, but in some cases longer. This way you can perhaps just close that one adventure for a while.
If you start a game after those two weeks, you may also receive a message that the game is “no longer available”. You may then be able to purchase the game separately in the App Store. But then you have to take into account that you may download a different version.
Or with digital purchases?
When you play a game through Apple Arcade, that game may not offer digital purchases. The game must therefore be complete and playable. But when they are available separately in the App Store, you may come across subscriptions or digital purchases. After all, a developer also has to make money.
You should also keep in mind that you may not be able to take your progression with you after the Apple Arcade period. Developers have to arrange this properly. If that is not the case, you may have to start all over again within a certain game.
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