Linden Lab have released just issued a new press release, announcing that Patterns will cease development and that the lab will no longer be offering the game for sale. Patterns features will no longer be functional that rely on the server connections.
Linden Lab first announced Patterns back in September 2012 and it had potential for sure to be something huge. Linden Lab confirms in the press release that they are still “evaluating the future of the Patterns technology” which sounds interesting. I guess the main priority for the lab is the next generation virtual world and so far good progress has been made already. The alpha release comes out in mid-2015 with a public release expected in 2016.
Full Press Release
Recently, Linden Lab announced that we are working on an ambitious project to create the next-generation virtual world, while we continue to improve Second Life and grow Blocksworld. As we focus on these priorities, we have ceased development for Patterns, and we will be no longer offering the game for sale.
We at Linden Lab are extremely grateful for the adventurous early players who explored the Patterns genesis release. Those who purchased the Patterns genesis release will still be able to play their copies of the game, but features relying on server connections, such as world-sharing, will not be functional.
Patterns had early promise, and while Linden Lab focuses our efforts on our other offerings, we are still evaluating the future of the Patterns technology. Interested parties are welcome to contact us with proposals.
(September 2012 – October 2014)