On Sunday 7th April Patch Linden went live on Relay Rap Radio Talk Show to talk about the new Linden Homes project that the lab have been working on since mid 2018. There was a large inworld audience on the American Cancer Society Island and there was a live stream of the event via T1 Radio.
Most of the hour was about the Home & Garden Expo, Relay For Life of Second Life including future plans/events, Sansar and ways to reduce lag.
Guests this week…
Kaerri Rae – Home & Garden Expo Lead
Stingray Raymaker – American Cancer Society Staff Partner
Special Guest Patch Linden
Here are some newer updates from the radio show this afternoon…
The opening “will be announced when it happens”
Currently “one week past the original roll out date”
There will be four house styles to choose from. Eventually “there will be six to eight more styles” for Linden Homes – some 512sq and some 1024sq
The new SSP continent will “grow futher down South then East” where the new water regions are
It’s recommended to get a new Linden Home quickly as there may be a long wait
The old Linden homes will be going away and will be shut down. At least a year or two before this happens.
I think the launch will probably happen in the week ahead with more being rolled out before the end of April 2019 if all goes to plan. Easter is fast approaching so it could be a big surprise.
Patch Linden (Senior Director, Product Operations) and Grumpity Linden (Senior Director of Product) went live during the (Above the Book) session at VWBPE 2019 yesterday afternoon (4th April) talking about what’s new at Linden Lab.
The session lasted for 55 minutes with a large audience at the VWBPE conference area. There were some updates on the new Linden Homes continent, new user experience and inworld tools in this session but nothing major to announce.
Some highlights worth mentioning were these…
Linden Homes are about to come out which is a large project, structure of the regions are redesigned to be more organically
The new continent will grow in time, water expansions/connections and spaces for flying expected to happen
There are exciting things happening in the pipeline (late 2019/2020)
The lab are working on IOS text based viewer
Estate tools will be improving very soon
Lab not been focused on media on a prim recently
Q&A started at 30 minutes with questions put to Patch Linden and Grumpity Linden from the community. There were mentions of search, mobile, community gateways, groups and much more.
If you have missed any of the VWBPE 2019 sessions so far then you can catch up here.
It’s unclear at the moment what the regions will be used for and whether or not they will open to the public anytime soon. I guess most likely we will have to wait until the lab announces something about these regions in the near future.
From the map view it looks like the arrival of new Linden homes 2.0 is my guess with water surrounding the central areas. It’s a huge land area and a big Linden project for sure.
The new panels have been enabled, as of today, allowing owners to use the new Linden Home control panel (Next to the door). Linden Homes is still in the Beta period currently and apparently around 13, 000 residents have now got a Linden Home. Jack Linden said that there are now base textures for the many themes available and that there are hub areas where you can find a kiosk of textures.
Linden Homes and Viewer 2 seems to be popular for topics at the moment. This is great progress being made so far for the new Linden Homes project. I’m interested to see what comes in the near future!