Humble Bundle unveiled a new subscription package program that’s similar to what some game marketplaces are doing. The Humble Monthly is a $12 a month subscription that provides its members with a free “top notch” game bundle each month. As always a percentage (5%) of earnings is donated to charities. These will be mostly offered as Steam keys on the first Friday of every month, although the store states these games could work on more than one platform. Which is how their current weekly bundles, and Humble Bundle options are setup. To kick off the new subscription they are dangling The Legend of Grimrock II, a game that is double the monthly subscription price on Steam right now. That game is only available to those that subscribe before the service goes live November 6th. Monthly bundles will not be retroactive, so if one goes by you wanted and you were not a member, the deal will be unavailable. Bundles you receive while a member remain yours for good.
This raises some questions for buyers: Since the bundles are random what happens in the case that you own a majority of that months offerings? Are you going to be paying $144 a year to give a way a majority of your games if you already own an extensive library or have purchased many bundles in the past? What are top notch games? Who rates them as top notch? Is it a bundle of the premium games in the normal Humble Bundles in one monthly pack? What if you do not like this month’s offerings, but did see two other bundles you wanted, did your monthly game budget just triple? This looks like a good deal, and I own over 20 bundles myself, but this particular subscription offer raises many questions. Hopefully the coming weeks will provide a better look at what this new service will offer.