This week the lab added a number of water regions north and south of the new Bellisseria continent (new Linden Homes) in Second Life. You can now go straight from Heterocera to the Sansara continent (top) through the new Bellisseria continent (middle) then down to the Jeogeot continent (bottom) or the other way around. This means you can now fly, walk, boat or even walk between all four continents now.
North Side: Grand Banks, Lobster Pot, Marianas Trench, Magellan Deep and Albatross Shoals
Today Linden Lab have officially announced the fresh new Linden Homes with new themes and larger options. The first of several planned Linden Home updates launches today exclusive to Premium members apparently.
The second generation of Linden Homes are now finally here. The new continent named Bellisseria has 384 regions currently and it’s to set to get much bigger soon. The old Linden Homes will be phased out over time but there’s no rush just yet.
There is a brand new Linden Homes wiki page full of useful information to get started from signing up to get a Linden Home, home themes, house controllers and much more.
There Goes the Neighborhood (Thankfully!)
One of the many benefits of becoming a Premium Second Life member is access to an automatic waiver of the monthly land fees for a Linden Home or 1024m² tier allotment for use towards a parcel on the Mainland. A pretty incredible perk, but it was time to make it even perkier.
Let’s be honest – those Linden Homes from 2010 were long overdue for some updates and improvements. It was clear a fresh coat of paint and some new landscaping were just not going to make the amount of curb appeal we were shooting for. In fact, it was time to return to the drawing board and start a better-built Linden Home experience, from the ground up – literally.
The first of several planned Linden Home updates launches today – with the introduction of New Linden Homes – exclusive to Premium members. Your new home may be in the mountains, along the shore, or in a rolling landscape of low hills and river valleys, but you’ll also be part of a large community experience, with navigable waterways, a network of roads, and community areas to socialize and have fun
There are two new themed styles in this release – Traditional and Houseboats – and some are twice as big as previous Linden Home offerings.
Depending on the theme chosen home parcels will be either 1024 sq m or 512 sq m apparently.
Unlike the first generation of Linden Homes, which offered themed areas on separate Regions, the New Linden Homes blend themes across the entire continent. Depending on the theme you choose to live in, your home’s parcel may be either 1024 or 512 sq m. Your house might overlook houseboats along the ocean or might be inland in a traditional suburban neighborhood. Wherever you live, you will be within range of recreational and shopping areas and will be able to travel around the continent by car or boat if you wish.
First preview of the new Bellisseria continent, new Linden Homes and new Houseboats.
The new Bellisseria continent opens. It’s expected the new south expansion will happen in the months ahead.
It’s going to be worth getting a new Linden Home for the incredible views and infrastructure that has been built. All brand new! 🙂
Check out the latest new interview with Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab talking about the future of Second Life and Sansar. Wagner James Au interviewed Ebbe Altberg for 45 minutes at Linden Lab HQ in San Francisco in March 2019.
They chatted about efforts to grow new user growth, land discounts, the upcoming mobile companion app, cloud deployment, improving performance and much more relating to Second Life. With Sansar they chatted about the low usage numbers since the beta launch, Sansar’s long download times and efforts to optimize Sansar.
It’s incredible to think Ebbe Altberg has now been with Linden Lab for over five years and he has achieved a great amount over the years from reducing land costs, the roll out of Mesh, Bento, Animesh, improved the communications with the community, improved the experience for premium members and much more.
Some highlights that I found most interesting,,,
The new IOS mobile companion app is being worked on. It’s going to be focused on being connected with friends, chat, shopping, customer service and more. The lab are not considering it to be a viewer in the short term.
New pricing options/discounts are coming soon (within next few months)
Lot’s of new features (EEP) for Second Life (within weeks)
Second Life is targeted to move completely to the Amazon cloud within the next 12 months (early – mid 2020)
The premium subscriber base is growing
The lab are focused on continuing revenue & user growth for Second Life.
The lab are now interested in growing the concurrency levels and retention rates
There are no plans to force migrate Second Life users to Sansar
There are more people working on Second Life (130+) than Sansar (70+)
There is work to continue to reduce Sansar long download times
Sansar is still in beta and still in pre-launch mode
The lab are shipping big updates every month
For more specific highlights from this interview see here.