On 1st April 2021 Linden Lab announced two new limited edition last names which are only available until Thursday 8th April 2021. The reason for these new limited edition last names is “in appreciation of our Anthro/Furry community in Second Life”. Woooot! 🙂
For anyone that wants to change their last name in Second Life you must have a premium account. For the annual membership it’s USD 99.00 per year or for the quarterly membership it’s USD 39.56 per quarter or a monthly membership it’s USD 14.39 per month. For more details about upgrading click here.
Linden Lab mentioned in the blog post that they will continue to make additional updates to the available last names pool soon. I have highlighted the new ones in yellow above and hopefully the next lot of last names will stay in the available last names pool for longer.
I wonder what other new last names the lab will come up with next.
Last weekend marked the end of the major events and live performances at SL17B. The only big event still going now is the SL17B Shop & Hop shopping event which ends Sunday 12th July 2020. The exhibits and birthday regions are still open for another two weeks roughly. There is a useful list of SL17B community experiences worth checking out.
For those that are visiting this week and next week the lag should now be at normal levels. It should be easier now to explore the regions sightseeing and hanging out with family/friends. It’s best to visit during non-peak hours to enjoy it more.
The SL17B Meet the Linden sessions were a huge success again this year with a large audience every day participating inworld and on the live online stream. Well done to everyone that made it work this year. It was good to hear good progress being made with the uplift work, the mobile app, premium plus, Linden Homes and much more. I think before the end of the year there will be some interesting announcements on Second Life.
The new Stilt Linden Homes can still be viewed in the SL17B Enchant region. The LH Demo region will remain open for the next few weeks. After that the Stilt Linden Homes won’t be released until later in 2020 when residents will be able to start moving in. I will post more on this when new updates becomes available.
On Friday 27th March Lab Gab episode 19 was broadcasted live with Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab and Brett Linden Senior Director of Marketing. There was discussion about the coronavirus outbreak, Second Life and Sansar. It was a pretty interesting show.
Here is a brief summary on the latest new updates.
All Linden Lab offices are closed. The co-lo data centre is open for access.
It is not anticipated that Second Life should experience any significant service interruptions going forward.
The lab have been saying “stay safe, stay virtual” during meetings and calls.
The lab have concerns about the virus and its impact it may have on family/friends.
Linden Lab formation is to work remotely from home (its been like that for years).
Second Life is a very established & profitable company.
Name Changes just a very few weeks away from launching.
New registrations for Second Life are up by 60% with a rise in concurrency around 10% overall due to cities around the world being locked down.
Returning users are up in Second Life – increase in those that have not logged into Second Life for some time.
IOS Mobile Companion (IMs & group messaging) is now very close to Alpha status. Work has started on the Android version.
Linden Lab is committed to the cloud uplift to AWS / Google until the end of 2020.
New Second Life Book Club will launch on 8th April 2020 along with a monthly event. Showcase streams will be a series of “drop in” video streams that will showcase music and art events in Second Life.
Around 30 staff at Sansar have been offered to join the new Sansar under Wookey Project Corp.
Sansar new focus will be on virtual events in the music and entertainment sectors.
Tilia will continue to be used for Sansar Dollar transactions
Ebbe Altberg confirmed on Friday 21st February on Lab Gab episode 14 that Linden Lab is no longer continuing to sponsor Sansar financially. The lab are now looking for a plan B for Sansar going forward.
No deal has been done yet.
Ebbe said the following below…
So as you might have heard, sadly we have decided that we, as Linden Lab, couldn’t continue to sponsor the project financially, so we’re looking for a plan B for Sansar to continue. I can’t say much, but we’re having very interesting conversations with several parties to help that project move forward, which I’m really excited about. But no deal is done yet, so people will just have to be patient and see what happens with it, but yes it is true that Linden Lab going forward will focus entirely on Second Life and Tilia. I’m still busy making sure that Sansar finds a great home and that the great work that that team has started can continue.
Linden Lab will now focus entirely on Second Life and Tilia going forward which is good news indeed. They remain in a strong financial position at this time. More investments are coming now for Second Life.
Other Important Updates
Linden Lab is still developing a companion app for Second Life. There is still no ETA. Testing could start soon like in the next few months for IOS first followed with a Androud version.
No confirmed date for deployment for Name Changes but Name Changes will be around US $20 cheaper for Premium Plus members
No ETA for launch date for Premium Plus
8 names confirmed for the first list of last names > Conundrum, Dismantled, Huntsman, Littlepaws, Nova, Ravenhurst, Wumpkins & Yeatley + Winners will be informed via e-mail
The cloud uplift project due to be completed before the end of 2020
Transfer costs for buy-down / grandfathered regions is to be reduced from US $600 to US $300
There are roughly 5,000 new accounts logging-in to Second Life every day