The folks over at Humble Bundle have launched Humble Monthly, a subscription service that will unlock new PC games every single month for $12. They’ll be distributed by Steam and sometimes elsewhere, giving you a regular batch of new games to play. If you ever cancel, they don’t take anything away – the games are yours forever, it just stops you receiving the next month’s delivery.
The first version of the service is going live on November 6th and if you sign up before then you’ll get Legend of Grimrock 2 immediately. That date indicates when new bundles will launch each month – the first Friday. This service doesn’t seem to be replacing the regular Humble Bundles, so expect new ones of those every week as usual. It’s unclear what you get if you start your subscription in the middle of a month. The implication is that some or all of the games for that month will immediately unlock, though.
As is normal for Humble, 5% of all the proceeds will go to various charities. Here’s a handy video that lays all this out:
This seems like a decent deal, but closer to a LootCrate type thing than Netflix. You don’t get a massive back catalogue to pick and choose from when you start, but receive a pre-determined batch of items each month. Some will be better than others, both in whatever terms of objectivity you feel comfortable with and your personal preferences. That’s a bit of a gamble, but for some it’s the perfect solution to a want for new games but no interest in hunting them out. Unless the pickings are exceptionally meagre – or Humble don’t get the rights to good games – chances are each month you’ll have enough to tide you over until the next, assuming you don’t have hours to play each day.
Anyone going for it?