18 July 2019
Google has started testing a paid gaming subscription service named Play Pass. It is a service meant for Android devices and is said to include "hundreds of premium apps and games". The idea is to offer a number of select paid Android game titles for a fixed monthly fee instead of buying them individually.
One of the Play Pass users shared a few screenshots of the service with Android Police. It shows that the service would mean no need for in-app or ad removal.purchases. All of that will be included in the subscription currently priced at $4.99 per month. The team is also working on a family plan which should be even more affordable. Although, there is a good possibility that final pricing might be different than the current one.
Some of the gaming titles included in the service are Monument Valley, Knights of the Old Republic, Threes, Limbo, Stardew Valley, Ticket to Ride, and Marvel Pinball. There will surely be many more titles but we will have to wait and see the exact titles. We first heard about the service last year when its references were spotted in the source code.
If Google Play Pass sounds familiar to you, it is because of Apple Arcade. It is a gaming subscription service for iOS devices around the world. It was announced earlier this year at WWDC 2019. It is expected to become available for everyone by this fall once iOS 13 stable version starts rolling out.