Game Spot News article on the topic
Humble Bundle is rebranding Humble Monthly and I'm conflicted about it. The biggest change is that the monthly are no longer hidden and you get to choose what games you want. The caveat is that everything now costs more and you get less (at least on paper).
So the current model is $12 per month for 10 games. The new model has 3 tiers of subscriptions. The first tier lets you pick 3 games for $15. The premium tiers gets you 9 games for $20. However, if you want everything in the bundle, you have to get the classic tier. This tier is for people who subscribe to Humble Monthly before Humble Choice launches. Everyone who gets Humble Choice after it launches won't get the Humble Classic plan. In addition, if you have the classic plan after Humble Choice launches and you unsubscribe, you will lose access to Humble Classic.
The fact that the Basic Plan costs more than the Classic Plan but offers less games is not sitting well with me. You get to pick 3 games instead of getting a mystery box, but I feel like we were already choosing the three games to some extent each month. For example, each month Humble Bundle previews 3 games in the bundle. And if you didn't like what you saw, you didn't get the bundle. The new model was probably created because Humble Bundle didn't like people doing this and wanted people to get long term subscriptions rather than something off and on.
Some people on the internet have argued that this is still value since $15 for three games is still a very good deal. And when you compare it to other subscription models such as PS Plus and Xbox Ultimate, this is 3 games that you can keep for $15 plus whatever is in the trove. When you think about it like that, the new model does not seem as bad. Some people have argued that will new model will lead to better games in the Humble Monthly. I hope it will happen.
What I don't like is that everything seems really manipulative. For example, the site does not reveal the launch date other than it will launch in 2019. That's 3 months where Humble Choice could be released. That's three months of FOMO that if you don't subscribe right away, you will miss out on getting access to the Classic Plan. There is a possible way to cheese through this. Hidden in the FAQ section, Humble says you can still get access to the Classic Plan if have an active subscription that Is paused when Humble Choice launches. So in theory, you can buy one month and pause for the rest of the year to get access to the Classic Plan. It might work, but it still feels manipulative because you still have to pay now.
All that being said, it's still possible to subscribe one month and then unsubscribe the next month. It's just going to cost more.