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.
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.
The Moles and Lindens have resumed work on the new Bellisseria expansion. They are busy again building the new infrastructure from new homes, new roads, new water areas to new interesting areas to hang out in.
Land Selection Page– New Linden Homes will be available here. Please note that you have to upgrade to Premium to have a new home!
During the past few months the Moles have been working on the SL17B regions. They have done a great job this year. Well done to everyone that made this year’s birthday celebrations possible.
The SL17B regions are still open to explore. Don’t forget the LH Demo region showing the new Stilt Linden homes at SL17B is still open to the public until 12th July 2020. Visit the SL17B Enchant region.
What’s New ?
I have added a blue line where future new Linden Homes will be built in the weeks and months ahead. There is still a lot of work for the Moles to do before the whole expansion is completed.
The map below shows the early days of the expansion back in March 2020. As you can see there were loads of empty areas and access was very limited. This was one of the biggest releases to date yet.
The map below is the new expansion as of early July 2020. As you can see the Moles have been adding new Linden homes all over – now there are fewer empty areas. It’s worth exploring the new expansion as it has loads to offer everyone.
It will be great to see it once its all been completed later this year.
For those that don’t know where the new testing SSP regions are located on the map. Please see below. These regions are closed to the public.
The big batch of SSP pink regions and the other nearby regions in the north have not changed much in recent weeks or even months. I will be keeping the lookout now for new visual changes and will blog when new developments occur.
I will post further development blog updates in the months ahead.
On 27th June I started a new poll where everyone could vote for their favourite Linden Home theme and here are the results for that poll (see above). In total there was 173 votes in this poll and to all those that voted thank you very much. I will probably do another poll like this at the end of the year to see how it compares with the new upcoming LH homes added.
The most popular choice among the Second Life community right now is Log Cabins which had 52 votes and 30% of the overall vote. Houseboats came in second place with 34 votes and in third place was Trailers/Campers with 19 votes. The Victorian homes and Stilt homes (launching later this year) followed closely behind.
The Traditional homes came in the bottom half of the table and was one of the least favourite Linden Home themes options along with the old Linden Home themes.