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Humble Choice goes live with Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Phantom Doctrine, and 8 more

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The Humble Monthly Bundle was a subscription service with a mystery twist: For $12 a month, subscribers got a mix of games ranging from high-profile big-budget releases to obscure indie stuff nobody's every heard of. The catch was that you didn't know what most of them would be before you paid. It was still often a good way to pick up games on the cheap because there was no term commitment required, so you could, as in April, grab Assassin's Creed: Origins (opens in new tab) for $12 (one game, usually a big one, was always revealed early), and then be on your way.

I say "was," because the Humble Monthly is now officially done and gone—replaced, as announced in October (opens in new tab), with Humble Choice (opens in new tab). Like its predecessor, it's a subscription-based service, but there's no surprise involved. Instead, the Humble Store will put together a list of ten or more games each month, from which subscribers can choose up to nine to keep.

The debut bundle includes:

  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Blasphemous
  • Ancestors: Legacy
  • Phantom Doctrine
  • Dead in Vinland
  • Horizon Chase Turbo
  • Dark Future: Blood Red States
  • Desert Child
  • Aegis Defenders
  • X-Morph: Defense

How much you can keep depends on the plan you sign up for. The basic tier, for $15 per month or $135 per year, enables you to select any three games on the list, while the $20 monthly/$180 annually premium tier is good for nine. Both tiers also offer access to the Humble Trove (opens in new tab), a collection of more than 90 games for active subscribers, plus discounts on Humble Store purchases—ten percent for basic subscribers, 20 percent for premium—and unlimited access to Humble Originals and betas. For people who want Humble Trove access without the free-for-keepsies games, a "lite" option is available for $5 per month or $45 per year.

Like its Humble Monthly predecessor, Humble Choice does not require a term commitment, so if you see a particularly good deal you can pop in, grab it, and then dodge back out. (Subscribing for a year will get you a discount on the month-by-month rate, though: A year at the premium tier works out to $15 per month, for instance.) Details, signup links, and other relevant stuff is up at humblebundle.com (opens in new tab).

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Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.