Where do games go when they disappear from Apple Arcade? Apple explains what’s really going on

Apple has revealed the options available to app developers after its departure from Apple Arcade.

Some time ago, those from Cupertino surprised with the apple arcade launchits video game subscription service thanks to which it is possible to enjoy a unique collection of games from any of your devices. this has vSeveral advantages for both users and developersalthough from time to time certain adjustments are made to the catalog.

Not too long ago we echoed that 15 games are going to disappear from Apple Arcade, as the developers have decided that these titles are no longer available on the platform. After obtaining a little more information, we were able to clarify a large part of the doubts about what was going to happen when removing said games from the catalog, and now Apple has publicly clarified what is going to happen with each game it chooses to abandon. the platform.

Developers have several options when leaving Apple Arcade, and they are the ones who decide

According to a new support document, it seems that in general, if a game disappears from Apple Arcade, it will not be possible to download it again subsequently. People who have it installed will be able to continue playing for at least two weeksalthough later a message will be displayed “Not available” when trying to open it.

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A new document explains what happens to games that are no longer available on Apple Arcade

In this line, once the removal of the game from Apple Arcade has been accepted, the developer does not have to enable it for download from the App Store. It is an option that they have, but according to the details it seems that there is no no obligation that the game on the App Store and the one that was available on Apple Arcade are the same.

Apple Arcade games have very comprehensive requirements, and for example they cannot display advertising or offer purchases inside the app. All costs are covered by the Apple Arcade subscription. However, by leaving this sector and becoming available for sale (or for free) through the App Store, all these limitations are removed.

As a detail, if the developer chooses to make his game available to all users in the App Store, he will also be the one who decides if there is any ability to transfer full progress between each version. Otherwise, even if the game is the same, you will have to start over from the beginning.

“If the developer makes their game available on the App Store and allows you to load your saved progress, you can pick up where you left off in the Arcade version.”

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Thus, in the end it seems that it ends up being the developer who decides how to act after his departure from AppleArcade. There are many firms that have large agreements with Apple and, therefore, will keep their different games on the platform for the next few years. However, it seems that some of the contracts are starting to expireand developers who are not satisfied with the platform continue to have the right to opt out of it.