As of 26th July 2020 the total amount of main grid regions in Second Life has dropped under the 25, 000 mark according to the Second Life Grid Survey. Mainly through Private Estates and some Linden Owned regions have been showing signs of decline during the past month.
The total region count has actually been lower than this in previous years like back when there were 23, 298 regions back on 18th March 2018. At the moment there is no need to panic but if trends continue like they are then the decline will sadly get worse before the end of 2020.
The first six months of 2020 there have been signs of positive growth in Second Life and hopefully soon the grid growth will return. See below for the grid numbers counted for January, June and July.
Main Grid size as of 26th July 2020
Total Main Grid Regions: 24, 947
Private Estates: 16, 662
Linden Owned: 8, 285
Main Grid size – 7th June 2020
Total Main Grid Regions: 25, 160
Private Estates: 16, 902
Linden Owned: 8, 258
Main Grid size – 20th January 2020
Total Main Grid Regions: 24, 147
Private Estates: 16, 036
Linden Owned: 8, 111
What To Expect Next ?
Once the migration to the cloud has been completed in early Autumn then the region capacity will increase again. The lab have not released any dates yet. This will effect the private estate numbers.
The Bellisseria continent will start to grow again after the cloud move is finished. This will increase the Linden Owned regions.
Hopefully during 2021 Linden Lab may lower the land costs or do something to help the Second Life community.
How does OpenSim compare ?
If you put the OSgrid and Kitely regions combined together it will surpass Second Life regions by a huge margin. There are now over 1, 572 public accessible opensim grids now. The total OpenSim land area expanded by more than 800 regions. Is everyone switching to OpenSim now ?
There are now roughly 80, 000 regions on OpenSim which is a huge amount. Second Life has 24, 947 regions in total. From the looks of things OpenSim is still growing in terms of regions and active users.
I will blog about the grid numbers in October and then again at the end of 2020. Hopefully by then the grid numbers will be positive. If there is any big changes or announcements then I’ll share them on my blog.
Back in mid March 2020 I blogged about the new mass of regions added east of Bellisseria which turned into the log homes expansion. Since then the Moles have added thousands of new Linden homes along the new road networks, new relaxing areas, new waterways and a railway line that is still being worked on.
The log homes were released back in early April 2020 where Patch Linden announced that 4, 828 new Linden Homes were ready to claim. This was the biggest release to date spreading over 230 regions.
If you look at the comparison maps below you can hopefully see the differences between the both of them. The gaps are getting smaller and smaller it appears now. Hopefully in another three to six months the whole log homes continent will be completed.
It’s actually been interesting to watch this log homes continent grow in size and see the development of it all since March. Four months later and work is still continuing around the log homes continent. Good progress is being made with loads of different project goals happening all at once.
Going forward it’s going to be interesting where the new upcoming themes will be placed either to the north or down in the south. More regions are expected to arrive later this year when Second Life moves into the cloud. The lab have already started moving regions into the cloud (AWS).
I will post more updates very soon on the latest Bellisseria developments.
The Moles have been busy recently adding more railway tracks and new railway bridges to the new extension of the Bellisseria continent. Today I have highlighted the new log homes extension railway line in blue (part open) and in red (closed). This is version 1.0 and I hope to have a new updated map soon.
At the moment you can only travel by train from the west of Bellisseria up to the Hawesblood station. There are more planned railway stations coming soon. The north line highlighted in red will be continued later this year or perhaps sometime in 2021.
Here are some of the new predicted upcoming railway stations…
The Moles are still adding more log homes, roads, new areas and railway connections. The central areas and outside areas are now in development. It’s going to be amazing when the whole expansion is completed later this year.
The long green line on the world map is where the soon to be railway tracks will be created. The railway line goes through the mountains, water lakes and nearby log homes which is very neat indeed. I can’t wait to take a train and explore all of it.
There appears to be loads of offline hidden SSP regions near the SSP pink regions on the map on the west side and more towards the north. According to Abnor Mole all those regions still exist in a saved state and they are all offline to conserve resources until the cloud migration is completed later this year.
It will be interesting to see these offline batches of new regions come online later this year. It’s believed that in the distant near future the Bellisseria continent may connect with other continents.
The Moles are working on a number of new Linden home themes at the moment which will launch most likely within the next 12 months or so. The Moles are building new Linden homes on the new expansion area currently.