Today, emails started going out to Shadow Infinite and Ultra users stating that their subscription will be converted back to Shadow Boost by May 20th.
Why is this happening?
As you may know, Shadow recently went through Chapter 11 bankruptcy and are now under new ownership. This also means that any debt owed by Shadow has been restructured.
One of those debts is to 2CRSi. The Ultra and Infinite servers were rented through them, and because Shadow was unable to pay the debt, they required that their hardware be returned to them.
That means no more Shadow Ultra and Shadow Infinite hardware to give to users.
What about the Boost servers?
Shadow Boost servers are owned by Shadow, and thus, they can keep them during this time. That means that, once again, Shadow Boost will be the only available tier to subscribe to, and thus, you will be limited to the older hardware.
What does this mean for Shadow?
That is a good question. Ultimately, Shadow will go back to offering the Boost tier to new consumers. This will likely deter some people and even cause some to cancel their subscriptions because the Shadow Boost tier does not offer current generation hardware.
In the grand scheme of things, these are the steps that Shadow needs to take to regain its footing as a profitable company. It may not look good in the short term, but ultimately, we will see what Shadow needs to do to survive.
The Good News
It looks like the Shadow Team has already started testing new hardware for future offerings of the service, according to Octave Klaba on Twitter.
It is good to see that they are already testing out new hardware. Just, hopefully, it gets released promptly.