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Saints Row: The Third Remastered on Steam This Month

PCGamesN reports Saints Row: The Third Remastered is coming to Steam on May 22nd. Word is this is from Twitter, and while we couldn't locate the tweet in question, the May 22nd date certainly makes sense, since it's one year to the day since the game's release on the Epic Games Store. Here's a refresher on the remaster:
Remastered with enhanced graphics, Steelport the original city of sin, has never looked so good as it drowns in sex, drugs and guns.

Years after taking Stilwater for their own, the Third Street Saints have evolved from street gang to household brand name, with Saints sneakers, Saints energy drinks and Johnny Gat bobblehead dolls all available at a store near you. The Saints are kings of Stilwater, but their celebrity status has not gone unnoticed. The Syndicate, a legendary criminal fraternity with pawns in play all over the globe, has turned its eye on the Saints and demands tribute.

Scavengers Early Access

This tweet announces that Early Access to Scavengers is now underway on the Epic Games Store and Steam, offering everyone the chance to play this free-to-play strategic third-person shooter for Windows from Publisher Improbable Worlds Limited and developer Midwinter Entertainment. Here's a Gameplay Deep-dive trailer and here's a bit on the game:
Scavengers is your strategic survival battleground. Enter a free-to-play action shooter where squads of three compete to survive and dominate in a hybrid of sandbox-style PVE and class-based PVP. Choose from a roster of adaptive Explorers, arm yourself with a combination of unique abilities and weapons, and conquer the challenges of a hostile wasteland. Outthink and outfight enemy players and the dwellers of the frozen Earth.
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Shadow Cloud Provider Sold

Yahoo Finance reports that Shadow Cloud Computing service Blade has been acquired by Jezby Ventures. This follows a report last month that Blade sought such a deal after filing for bankruptcy protection. Here's more on the deal and its implications:
While the French startup has raised more than $100 million across multiple funding rounds, the company couldn’t keep up with pre-orders, didn’t generate enough revenue to be self-sustainable and couldn’t find cash to expand its service. Despite attracting 100,000 paid users, Next INpact reported that the company had no choice but to go into administration with the commercial court.

Several companies and a group of people submitted takeover bids. In particular, Blade CTO Jean-Baptiste Kempf teamed up with other employees, while Octave Klaba submitted his own offer. Klaba plans to keep all employees except Jean-Baptiste Kempf.

Now, it’s going to be interesting to see how the service changes over the coming weeks. Subscriptions currently start at €12.99 per month in Europe or $11.99 per month in the U.S. It’s unclear whether Shadow will remain available at this price point, how specifications are going to evolve and if the company is going to spin up more servers to attract new clients.

Free Call of Duty: Warzone Skin

Raven Software tweets that everyone who logs into Call of Duty: Warzone will get the 'Tortured & Rescued' Adler Skin for free. This is to make up for the problems with the Hunt for Adler event:
Starting right now and until the end of Season Three, anyone who logs into #Warzone will be granted the 'Tortured & Rescued' Adler Skin.

We'd like to thank everyone for participating in the Hunt for Adler limited time event and for being patient these past few days.

Imperator: Rome Support on Hold

A post on the Paradox Interactive Forums outlines reorganizations that have been made to the operations of Paradox Development Studios (thanks Eurogamer). This outlines how the developer is divided into three teams, known internally as PDS Green, PDS Red, and PDS Gold. The tree teams are working respectively on Stellaris, Crusader Kings III, and Hearts of Iron IV. Notably absent is Imperator: Rome, and the post goes on to say that support of this strategy game is currently paused:
You might have noticed that Imperator: Rome isn’t assigned to any of the studios mentioned above. The reason for this is that on a regular basis we analyze the projects we have in development, where they are at, what they are trying to do and also what people and resources we have working on them. As part of this analysis we realized that there was a need to bring reinforcement for a couple of the projects at PDS, and given where Imperator was at in the run up to 2.0’s launch, we decided that after the launch of the update we would move people from Imperator to these other projects. Right now we’re working on plans to regrow the team for Imperator and continue development, but for the short term we needed to focus our efforts on these other projects.

Out of the Blue

Happy May Day! Today is a second social gathering since getting the COVID vaccine. My softball buddies are all fully inoculated, so we're going to get together. Our general M.O. is to go to a bar in Manhattan, but that felt like a little much for us. Besides, the lockdown caused the permanent shutdown of our favorite watering hole. So one of us is hosting, and it's a nice day, so we can probably spend most of our time outdoors as an extra precaution. Here's hoping many of you are able to safely take such fledgling steps towards normalcy, even if completely back to normal remains a distant dream.

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