Yesterday, Apple quietly announced that about fifteen games would leave Apple Arcade via the appearance of a new section on its store. MacRumors was able to discuss with a source close to the file, and gives us some details on this unexpected sweep.
Apple Arcade launched on September 19, 2019, and Cupertino had apparently signed 3-year contracts with the developers. Those concerning the games available as soon as the service is released are therefore coming to an end, and Apple would have chosen not to renew some of them. These contracts provided a fixed payment and ongoing royalties for the studios.
MacRumors clarifies that games removed from Apple Arcade will no longer be playable for all subscribers. However, they can be redistributed on the App Store the same day they are withdrawn from Apple Arcade since the developers retain the rights to their title.
When a title moves from Apple Arcade to the Apple Store, it will benefit from a new bundle ID (BundleID): players will therefore have to redownload the game. , as it will be up to the developer to take care of the data transfer.