It’s now been two years since the first SSP regions arrived on the Second Life grid. There was just 80 regions back then and no one really knew what the regions would actually be used for. Many speculated that it could of been an extension to Horizons or Linden Realms or a new continent for something.
Linden Lab back then said it was to do with a Super Secret Project they are working on. The Second Life Grid Survey picked up the new SSP regions on 19th August 2018. I discovered the SSP regions on the map the day after on 20th August 2018 with many others. There was so much buzz about these new SSP regions so a new thread was set up named SSP? on 21st August 2018.
The community excitement grew more a few weeks later when more SSP regions were added. The SSP continent grew from 80 regions to 384 regions. This became the working grounds for the LDPW Moles to start preparations for the new Bellisseria continent. The SSP continent grew further out in the weeks and months that followed until the grand opening on 15th April 2019.
Since 15th April 2019 the Bellisseria continent has grown doubled in size with new Linden home themed areas and mini-continents etc. It’s been great following the new developments during the past two years and Bellisseria still has room to grow still.
Looking Ahead – (Late 2020 & 2021)
The logs home continent on the east side is still being worked on and hopefully that will finished within the next three months or sooner. The train line expansion will be worked on very soon and that’s going to be amazing once thats opened. The Moles are working along the coastline adding new homes and cool new areas.
Once Second Life has moved into the cloud before the end of 2020 then the lab will add batches of new SSP regions again. You can expect this to happen more during 2021 if all goes to plan with more new Linden Home themes launched.
The new Stilt homes will be launched on the grid either later this year or early next year. Still no confirmed date for that.
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.
During the past 24 hours the lab have added roughly 96 new regions east of the Bellisseria continent which are currently closed for public access. It’s believed this new mass could be the new log cabin regions which Linden Lab have been talking about recently.
When you zoom into these new regions there are many cloned groups of regions and most them have been named now. Thousands of new Linden homes will be available very soon.
See below for screenshots that I took today.
These new regions could be released next week or the week after. I’ll post more updates when newer developments happen.
On Monday 7th October Patch Linden announced on the Second Life Forums that he has now moved position at Linden Lab. Patch Linden new title is the Vice President of Product Operations.
Thanks everyone for the congrats and well wishes! My new title is Vice President of Product Operations.
It has been an honor and pleasure in serving the community over the past 12+ years.
Patch has worked in many departments over the years at the lab from Concierge, to being the Operations Support Manager, working on the Product team to Land Operations which includes the Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW).
Patch recently was the Senior Director of Product Operations and this week (starting 7th October) he has become the Vice President of Product Operations. Wooot!!
Congratulations Patch and well done. Thanks for everything you have done to make Second Life more amazing over the years.