On Wednesday 29th May Linden Lab made a big announcement on Land Price Reductions, New Premium Perks, and Pricing Changes on the official Second Life. See the blog post for all the changes happening next month. The timing of this announcement should of been made after the Second Life 16th birthday celebrations finishes. Since the announcement went out there has been huge reaction to this on the forums and on various Second Life resident blogs.
I think the full estate reduction of $20/mo and the increase in the group limit for premium users from 60 to 70 is the only few things I like about this announcement. I’m not impressed about the new premium prices that are going up on 24th June, the fees to process credit are on the increase and the news about lowering the group limit from 42 down to 35 for free basic accounts. I think probably what will happen now with free basic accounts is that people will just spread them over alt accounts. Quarterly plans will no longer be available for new Premium Memberships from 24th June 2019.
Many will be asking themselves on Premium accounts over the days and weeks ahead whether to upgrade/downgrade/renew their selected account type. This is a huge push to get free basic members to upgrade to premium now and I agree there are tons of benefits for doing so.
Linden Lab believes this is the best path forward and the question now is will this actually work well in the months ahead. There will be more improvements to Premium Membership coming later in 2019 including more Linden Home themes and the introduction of an all-new membership level who want to get the most of out Second Life.
Here are the current prices and new prices (effective 3rd June and 24th June 2019)…
Hi! This started out as a brief clarification on some things causing confusion, and has turned into a long bullet-point list. Rather than replying to the numerous threads on the forums, I’m going to try to put it all together here. As long as the conversation remains civil, I’ll do my best to respond to questions. Please point the pitchforks away from my eyes though…
Land prices: Full estates get ~$20/mo reduction in price. For the first time we are also reducing GF/BD region pricing. This is not a frivolous gift to the 1%. This has real and proven effects on the rents many more pay.
Premium prices are going up on June 24. Starting June 3 and until June 24, Premium accounts have 3 weeks to pre-pay an additional cycle of premium at the old rates. Best deal is, of course, prepaying for annual regardless of your current level. We hope you can take advantage of it. If you’re paying quarterly today, you can continue as quarterly. We will no longer offer it to new premium signups. With the new prices, VAT will be charged on monthly and quarterly but not annual (of course only in the countries where VAT applies)
We looked. We hadn’t raised premium prices in the history of premium prices in SL. Crazy! A lot of value has been added to premium over the last few years (new Linden Homes, double tier, reduced mainland prices, premium access, more offline IMs, more transaction history, more groups, more animesh, experiences, and yet more to come) and we are raising prices to reflect that.
We’re not lowering limits out of spite, groups really are quite a strain on our back end for a variety of painful historical reasons, including overloading group functionality instead of having other tools. This subject alone is worth a novel liberally sprinkled with tears. So anyway, we don’t hate basic users, and in fact we work hard to retain our free-to-play offering as one of the most generous across many industries. But yes, no big surprise, we do want to nudge active residents to become subscribers, because we think it’s a great value, and – as many have noted – we’re also running a business. But no, we’re not shutting our doors to non-premium residents. Rumors of our insanity and villainy have been slightly exaggerated.
Fees to process credit are going up, effective June 24. L$ buy fees are not. Yes, this is another step in rebalancing the economy. It’s also the right step, because the regulatory climate has evolved dramatically since SL first started out, and in order to continue to offer a platform for creators to actually make money, we have a lot of ongoing work to keep up with those regulations. Compliance is generally no fun (shh don’t tell our compliance people I said so – they’re wonderful and actually think it’s fun!) but it keeps all of us in business and the bad guys out. If we weren’t doing this work, we would literally have to stop offering the ability to process credit.
We’re making lasting investments into SL in infrastructure, features, and content. While we set aside some special morsels only for premium members, the work we are doing benefits everyone – region crossings, attachment reliability, marketplace improvements, inventory stability, land auctions – are just a few examples. No one project will please all of our residents, but we make an effort to address the needs of all communities in turn. We can’t get everything done immediately, but we’re focused and determined to keep SL successful and evolving. It’s a unique and thriving world we work hard to support.
Look, this is obviously a bitter pill. We can’t keep slashing land prices at the rate we did last year. We can’t raise other prices and yet keep everyone happy. But we sincerely believe this is the best path forward – and hope you will come around too.
Apparently the SL16B regions opened to exhibitors on Sunday 26th May. Successful exhibitors received notecards notifying them they had been accepted for the upcoming Second Life 16th birthday celebrations. They were then invited into the SL16B Exhibitors group then showed a plot to get started on the west side of the birthday regions.
The SL16B regions are starting to look very nice on the map however a lot of work still has to be done before the big grand opening.
SL16B opens to the public on 20th June through until 8th July 2019
Training sessions are now underway for SL16B greeters
Patch Linden has confirmed that there will be a preview of the next style homes at SL16B – (see the south east corner)
Check out the new Bellisserian Newspaper that has been recently been created for citizens of the new Bellisseria continent in Second Life. This is a good source to stay updated on the latest news, interviews, events, continent services, places to visit and much more. The first edition of the newspaper is out today! 🙂
This is a resident-run newspaper and already it’s been pretty popular across the new continent. I’ll be following this newspaper regularly now with big interest to see whats going on across the continent.
The Bellisserian Newspaper pages…
Community – main front page of the newspaper with the latest news
A new dedicated events page called the Bellisseria Happenings is showing a list of upcoming live music events happening on the Bellisseria continent. There are DJ beach parties and Sunday pickle parties happening every weekend until 2020. More events will be listed here in the weeks ahead.
Bellisseria is a vibrant, friendly, active, Linden Homes continent in the virtual world of Second Life. With so many wonderful, creative people hosting so many exciting gatherings and events, this page is dedicated to helping keep you up to date with upcoming notice of doings in Bellisseria.
If you have an event happening in Bellisseria, please use the contact page to have us post it.
Please spread the word about the The Bellisserian Newspaper & Bellisseria Happenings events page. Thanks! 🙂
Within the past 12 hours or so it looks like new Linden Homes are being set up in the SSPE71 & SSPE72 regions of the new Bellisseria continent. There is not much to see at the moment apart from the parcel green outlines. There may be a few new Houseboats added soon around these regions. There is no ETA on when these new Linden Homes will be available.
It’s going to be interesting watching the Moles build this new area in the days ahead. It’s best to watch from a distance so the Moles can get on with their work here.
Watch out for the new danger sign in these regions. If you click the sign this message appears…
[06:55] Under Construction Sign:: Please pardon the dust. Access to this region has been temporarily restricted while we work to bring you more Linden Homes. Please don’t bother the Moles while they are working. The faster they can complete their work the faster homes can be made available.
There is a new road interchange section in the SSPE72 which is not connected to any roads at the moment.
Stay tuned for newer continent developments in the weeks ahead.
Here are some snapshots I took yesterday afternoon (19th May) from Bay City 11th anniversary celebrations including the parade, the conga line and live music concert. It was such a fun and joyful celebration this year. The attendance was high this year with at least 50 residents taking part and having a great time.
It’s hard to believe Bay City first opened on the grid back in May 2008 and since then Bay City has become one of the most popular communities in Second Life to visit. It’s doubled in size, hosted fantastic annual events, published regular Bay City posts and so much more.
I have enjoyed blogging about Bay City since the second anniversary and all of the other Bay City annual events that have happened over the years. Join the Bay City groups inworld to stay updated on all the latest news and events.
Today there are many great attractions to visit in Bay City including the Harbour Railway, Municipal Airport, Hairy Hippo Fun Land, Hotel Falmouth and the Bay City Center. There is more to discover along route 66 and surrounding areas.
On Thursday 16th May Steven Linden announced some interesting news about a brand new dedicated website for Second Life viewer release notes. All upcoming new releases will now be shown on the brand new release notes website. All previous release notes will be archived on the Second Life Wiki.
Over seven years ago, I posted my first set of Viewer release notes to the Second Life Wiki, where we have kept all of our release notes to this day. Over the years, we’ve made some minor tweaks to the appearance and how we generate them, but for they most part they have remained the same.
While the wiki has served us well for release notes, it’s time to improve their readability and browsability. We’ve been putting together the finishing touches to a new website dedicated solely to release notes, with a new look and feel that makes the individual pages easier to find, and easier to read – take a look!
Previous release notes will still be archived on the wiki, however, new releases will be shared and published on the new website.
Our goal is to improve overall accessibility and ease in browsing and reviewing release notes. I, personally, am excited to see the dedicated new website and hope you are too!
The new release notes website looks so much nicer and cleaner now. The navigation menu on the left hand side is very useful and fast to navigate around. The last five recent viewer releases are now shown along with useful pages like repositories, version numbering and the viewer support policy. At the top of each release notes page the operating systems are displayed nicely.