During the weekend a whole lot of new red SSP regions were added in the SSP development area. The red SSP regions relates to the Modern Linden Home theme (Newbrooke) due to be released very soon. This is the size it gets normally when a release is about to happen. Keep a watch out on the Second Life Forums under the Linden Homes section.
Over the past few months more and more red SSP regions have joined up together. These regions are closed to the public and are used for Linden Home developments.
The Modern regions arrived on 6th February and since then the Moles have been building new roadways, lake areas and new Modern homes it appears. There is one region separating the chalet sub continent with the Modern sub continent in the far south. There are a lot of red squares at the moment and they are all going through many checks in order to get them ready for release very soon.
I predict the Modern regions will be released and open to the public before the end of February 2022 if you go on previous Linden Home release trends. I would expect the region mass will increase over the next few weeks and it’s possible that the work on the coastlines will start before Easter.
Latest New Developments as of 11th February 2022
The Newbank region looks like a new community center area or a shopping complex perhaps
There is a pond lake in the Home Grown region and many bridges in many areas
SSP3504, SSP3505, SSP3509, SSP3510, SSP3514 and SSP3515 regions have been added to the red SSP regions block
On Wednesday 9th February Patch Linden said this on the Second Life Forums “our release schedule isn’t tied to any event, or time/date for that matter at all typically. What matters to us is that when it is done and ready, then it will be released“.
I will blog more about further developments in the next week or so. Stay tuned on my blog for that and please subscribe to stay updated. Thanks 🙂
The 2022 romantic valentine’s cruise will start at Campwich Forest starting at 10am SLT on Saturday 12th February 2022. The route goes up north through the nice river areas and then it finishes at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds where there will be a party lasting for roughly four hours until 2pm SLT.
11.30am SLT+ – special live performer followed by live DJs until 2pm SLT
The cruise should last approximately 50 minutes and there are kiosks placed inworld to collect the map of the route along with music streams. It’s actually a good route to follow on both legs to be honest.
As reported this week 49 new Modern Linden Home regions arrived on the grid and now they are all being prepared for the big release happening very soon. This week there has been an increase in Mole/Linden activity happening in various regions and on the red SSP regions on the other side of the grid.
It’s very exciting to see this big development happening now. I can’t wait to see if these group of regions below highlighted will grow further outwards or stay the same size in the weeks ahead. The connection bridge with the Chalet sub continent will take place very soon.
On the north side of the Chalet sub continent there is still more work in the pipeline including new coastlines, new Chalet homes, new hangout areas and hopefully plenty of water region connections with the Modern regions batch.
No dates have been announced yet on the opening or the bridge connection.
The new Modern region names are now visible on the world map when logged into Second Life. Check out all the interesting region names below.
Here is updated overall photo below of the well known and famous Bellisseria continent as of 1pm SLT on Tuesday 8th February 2022. As you can see the start of the Modern regions are already showing up on the map. Yay! 🙂
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Earlier this month I blogged about the newest 12 SSPE regions that have been added in the north east corner of the Fantasy sub continent. Today the Moles are still working on these regions adding more Fantasy Linden Homes, new roadways, new rez zones and new interesting areas to explore. These regions should be finished by the end of February 2022.
I have noticed this week that there are more red squares in multiple regions across the Fantasy sub continent meaning things could be delayed for some time until the issues have been addressed. This is the same with the Chalet sub continent in the far north east where there are loads of red squares.
Now – Fantasy sub continent map as of Friday 28th January 2022
Before – Fantasy sub continent map as of Tuesday 11th January 2022
Start of 2022 on 5th January 2022 where the new SSPE regions arrived to complete the continent
Good progress is being made overall and I think at some point in February most if not all of the Fantasy sub continent hopefully will be finished. I will blog about further developments later next month.
SSP Development Area – January 2022 Update
As of Friday 28th January 2022 there are now 17 red SSP regions compared with six red SSP regions on 15th December 2021. The red theme is highly likely the Modern Linden theme which was announced in early December 2021 at the SL Christmas Expo.
Now – 28th January 2022
Before – 15th December 2021
More updates will be posted on my blog in February 2022.
The Moles have started work this week on adding new Fantasy Linden Homes in the newly added 12 SSPE regions added in the north east corner. Already there are new bridges, pathways, house parcel markers and Fantasy related stuff dotted about. Developments will continue for many more weeks yet but as you can see good progress is being made.
Here is the fantasy sub continent map as of Tuesday 11th January 2022. The new 12 SSPE regions are now clearly visible on the world map now in the north east corner. In many coastal regions work is still happening around the continent.
New Rez Zone in SSPE2773
Chalet Sub Continent January 2022 Update
A whole lot of houseboats have been added on the east side and south side of the Chalet sub continent. I think once these regions are completed in the weeks ahead then work will start on the west and north side of the Chalet sub continent.
This is a special blog post looking back at what happened in Second Life between August 2021 to December 2021. The last half of 2021 has been busy at times for big news pretty much and here is what happened below. So much has happened this year including many good memories and some not so good ones.
I hope 2022 will be another great year for Second Life in general terms and that it continues to grow in size. The new management team have recently announced the 2022 roadmap for Second Life which sounds very promising.
On 2nd August Linden Lab announced the end of the use of gacha machines within Second Life and they must be discontinued by content creators by midnight SLT on Tuesday 31st August 2021. There was huge discussion about this news on the Second Life forums for some time. The lab put together a useful FAQ on the main blog post soon after.
In early August Linden Lab rolled out the new look join Second Life page with new gender selection options. New users can select the GENDER-VARIANT/NON-BINARY tick box for their starter avatar when they log into Second Life for the first time. The new look join Second Life page has the usual required details to fill out including username, password, email, date of birth, security question/answer and starting avatar gender.
Andrew Kertesz (Mojo Linden) became the new Vice President of Engineering at Linden Lab from late August 2021. Andrew has more than 20 years experience in the games industry and he is an expert in building teams and launching ground-breaking games across genres that push respective platforms.
On 20th August marked three years since the first SSP batch of regions arrived on the grid. Back in August 2018 there was just 80 SSP regions and since then thousands of regions have been added to make up the Bellisseria continent we know today.
The Firestorm Project reached it’s 11th anniversary in early September 2021. The Firestorm viewer is one of the most popular and most used third party viewers out there today.
In late September 2021 Linden Lab announced an additional way for Second Life residents to protect their accounts. The Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is available to all residents and it provides an extra level of security.
BURN2 2021 opened to the public in early October featuring a whole lot of events on the playa. Once again the event was a huge success. More events are planned for 2022.
Linden Lab paused development of the Second Life mobile app for iOS and Android. The team is still actively working on a new direction which will be talked about during 2022.
After reviewing the current state of the SL Mobile Viewer and the helpful feedback from residents, we have decided to pause development on this branch. The team is actively working on a new direction to take from here. We should have some news on that soon.
Avi Arrow in Second Life sadly passed away at her home on Saturday 23rd October 2021 surrounded by her family. Avi Arrow was the administrator of the Ivory Tower in Natoma. Avi primarily managed the property and the Ivory Tower of Prims group. Avi Arrow was my friend in Second Life who has been a resident for over 15 years now. Avi was talented, generous and very clever I think. Avi helped so many people over the years on how to build in Second Life and much more.
Second Life trended on Twitter in late October from the Facebook Meta announcement. Facebook is focused on moving away from social media to the metaverse.
On 31st October marked my 15th Rez Day in Second Life. Read more here about my journey so far. I still think Second Life is the best virtual world out there today and as the lab has said many times Second Life is here to stay for many more years to come.
The Drax Files ended after seven years as viewers declined over time. Drax produced many amazing podcasts over the years covering a huge range of Second Life topics.
Linden Lab gives Second Life search a facelift after many years. The lab have not changed the algorithm that the search feature uses in any way. More changes are due to happen in 2022.
In early December the 2021 SL Christmas Expo opened to the public featuring over 150 stores spread over 15 Christmas regions. On 6th December the new Linden Home theme was revealed to the public. Modern homes was showcased on the Linden Reveal region in the north east corner.
Linden Lab announced email preference changes which involved receiving group notices in email. Receiving group notifications went live from 15th December and there is a option to opt-in or out.
I can’t wait for 2022 to arrive. I will blog about the news and events along the way as I have done in previous years. I have no idea what the new year will bring but I am sure it’s going to be a good one.
Just after 10am SLT this morning Patch Linden has posted an update via the Second Life Forums on the current status of the Linden Reveal region which is now showcasing the newest Linden Home theme Modern homes. From the feedback the lab has received during the past 24 hours the lab have decided to shut down the reveal region for an update.
It should not last very long though as the reveal region will be back Really Soon after the Moles have “put some touches on it to make sure our imagination is still reflected in our work”.
From the sounds of things something has gone wrong because I can’t remember this happening in previous year launches. Hopefully the lab/moles will be able to sort this out as soon as possible.
We have heard your feedback and we have decided to shut down the reveal region for an update. It seems that this may not have been representative of our best foot forward approach we have taken with the homes over the past. So I am here to make sure that everyone knows that we have not changed course, lessened our quality, mindfulness or retracted any of the heart and soul we put in to making these homes, themes and community building areas.
Proof of the fact that I feel less present is actually due to how busy we are with continuing to do more, which is taking more and more of my time. I am still present, we all do still participate in everything we can in world within Bellisseria, and we are always trying to find new ways to engage on everything we can, including some great Resident run efforts and projects that I know many are involved in.
That said, the reveal region will be back Really Soon™ after we’ve put some touches on it to make sure our imagination is still reflected in our work. Thank you everyone from the team and I for being involved! ❤️
The new Linden Home theme is Modern which was officially revealed to the public this afternoon on the Linden Reveal region at the 2021 SL Christmas Expo. The official theme name is “Newbrooke” and it’s many are saying it’s Meadowbrook 2.0.
There may be more than 30 homes per region when released
Don’t forget that the Linden Reveal region is just a demo of what’s to come and this is not a full representation of the finished production regions. There are some larger and some smaller Modern homes located on the preview region with a few swimming pools, seating areas, rez zones and more.
Modern Home Types
Aldridge – 1024 – 2 storey
Bradbury – 1024 – 1 storey
Coniston – 1024 – 1 storey
Denver – 512 – 1 storey
Ender – 512 – 2 storey
Faraday – 512 – 1 storey
Gatewood – 512 – 2 storey
Heaton – 1024 – 2 storey
The feedback has been very mixed inworld and on the Second Life forums Linden Homes section. I think this may be a good upgrade for those that have a Linden Home on the old Linden Home continents and the Moles have said this is a work in progress until the big release happens soon.
There will be colour options coming soon
Exteriors will have colour, trim types, interior walls and other customization options
There are going to be 512 and 1024 with each having a complement of styles
On Sunday 5th December the statistics were updated on the Second Life Grid Survey showing the current main grid size of Second Life. The small table at the top of the main page normally gets updated at the end of each week. This is a great resource to keep track on the latest Second Life metrics.
The good news is that 2021 overall has been a very good year for region growth in Second Life and the net losses has not been that bad for at least a few years or so now. Yay! 🙂
Most of the net growth has come from the Private Estates (over 1, 000 regions added in 2021) and the growth of the Bellisseria continent (over 300 regions added in 2021). The total area of Second Life is now 1786.64 km. I hope this upward trend continues throughout 2022 and into 2023.
I would expect the expansion of the Bellisseria continent will continue for at least another few years at least as more Linden home themes are planned to be released. Maybe another 200 to 500 Linden home regions before 2023. I would hope there will be further increases in Private Estates throughout 2022 along with improvements made to Second Life.
Over 80 regions were offline at the time of this latest update on the SL Grid Survey page. We will have to wait and see if the numbers change much in the last three weeks of 2021.
Here is the Main Grid size as of 5th December 2021…
Here is the Main Grid size at the start of January 2021…
One thing is for sure interest for Second Life is continuing to show positive signs of growth once again. I will post another update at the end of December 2021 to report on any recent changes that may occur.