This is a special blog post looking back at what happened in Second Life between August 2021 to December 2021. The last half of 2021 has been busy at times for big news pretty much and here is what happened below. So much has happened this year including many good memories and some not so good ones.
I hope 2022 will be another great year for Second Life in general terms and that it continues to grow in size. The new management team have recently announced the 2022 roadmap for Second Life which sounds very promising.
On 2nd August Linden Lab announced the end of the use of gacha machines within Second Life and they must be discontinued by content creators by midnight SLT on Tuesday 31st August 2021. There was huge discussion about this news on the Second Life forums for some time. The lab put together a useful FAQ on the main blog post soon after.
- The Arcade cancelled the September 2021 round due to this announcement
In early August Linden Lab rolled out the new look join Second Life page with new gender selection options. New users can select the GENDER-VARIANT/NON-BINARY tick box for their starter avatar when they log into Second Life for the first time. The new look join Second Life page has the usual required details to fill out including username, password, email, date of birth, security question/answer and starting avatar gender.
On 13th August the new Fantasy sub continent got released and a handful of regions were released. The Moles are working on the coastline orbit adding new homes and new areas.
Andrew Kertesz (Mojo Linden) became the new Vice President of Engineering at Linden Lab from late August 2021. Andrew has more than 20 years experience in the games industry and he is an expert in building teams and launching ground-breaking games across genres that push respective platforms.
On 20th August marked three years since the first SSP batch of regions arrived on the grid. Back in August 2018 there was just 80 SSP regions and since then thousands of regions have been added to make up the Bellisseria continent we know today.
The Firestorm Project reached it’s 11th anniversary in early September 2021. The Firestorm viewer is one of the most popular and most used third party viewers out there today.
In late September 2021 Linden Lab announced an additional way for Second Life residents to protect their accounts. The Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is available to all residents and it provides an extra level of security.
Linden Lab announced new Halloween limited edition last names in early October. The lab was very pleased to see the responses to the limited edition last names.
The Arcade hosted it’s October 2021 mini pop-up round featuring Halloween treats and a new way to play.
BURN2 2021 opened to the public in early October featuring a whole lot of events on the playa. Once again the event was a huge success. More events are planned for 2022.
Linden Lab paused development of the Second Life mobile app for iOS and Android. The team is still actively working on a new direction which will be talked about during 2022.
After reviewing the current state of the SL Mobile Viewer and the helpful feedback from residents, we have decided to pause development on this branch. The team is actively working on a new direction to take from here. We should have some news on that soon.
Avi Arrow in Second Life sadly passed away at her home on Saturday 23rd October 2021 surrounded by her family. Avi Arrow was the administrator of the Ivory Tower in Natoma. Avi primarily managed the property and the Ivory Tower of Prims group. Avi Arrow was my friend in Second Life who has been a resident for over 15 years now. Avi was talented, generous and very clever I think. Avi helped so many people over the years on how to build in Second Life and much more.
Second Life trended on Twitter in late October from the Facebook Meta announcement. Facebook is focused on moving away from social media to the metaverse.
On 31st October marked my 15th Rez Day in Second Life. Read more here about my journey so far. I still think Second Life is the best virtual world out there today and as the lab has said many times Second Life is here to stay for many more years to come.
In early November April Linden departed Linden Lab after 8 years. April Linden helped moved Second Life to the cloud (Amazon AWS). Good luck April.
The new Fantasy community centre was open to the public in early November. It’s worth checking out if you have not been so far.
The Drax Files ended after seven years as viewers declined over time. Drax produced many amazing podcasts over the years covering a huge range of Second Life topics.
Linden Lab gives Second Life search a facelift after many years. The lab have not changed the algorithm that the search feature uses in any way. More changes are due to happen in 2022.
In early December the 2021 SL Christmas Expo opened to the public featuring over 150 stores spread over 15 Christmas regions. On 6th December the new Linden Home theme was revealed to the public. Modern homes was showcased on the Linden Reveal region in the north east corner.
Linden Lab announced email preference changes which involved receiving group notices in email. Receiving group notifications went live from 15th December and there is a option to opt-in or out.
Linden Lab announced new Winter last names which are still available until 5th January 2022.
On 8th December 2021 Patch Linden confirmed that the old Linden homes will be phased out and/or repurposed. Patch Linden at the moment does not know the timing on when that will be.
My Second Life 2022 Predictions
- Linden Lab will allow for more groups
- Larger 2048 m² parcel sizes
- There will be at least two new Linden Home themes announced/released
- Land Prices lowered slightly
- Announcement about old Linden Home continents closing down or possible upgrade instead
- Avatar 2.0 to be rolled out
- More user group hours introduced
2022 Events Ahead
- One Billion Rising in Second Life – 14th February 2022
- Home and Garden Expo – 26th February 2022 to 20th March 2022
- 15th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference – 31st March 2022 to 2nd April 2022 – (Phoenix Rising)
- Relay Weekend (RFL of SL)- 11th/12th June 2022
- SL19B – Mid-late June 2022
- And more!
I can’t wait for 2022 to arrive. I will blog about the news and events along the way as I have done in previous years. I have no idea what the new year will bring but I am sure it’s going to be a good one.
2022 is almost here
Work starts On New SSPE Fantasy Regions
The Moles have started work this week on adding new Fantasy Linden Homes in the newly added 12 SSPE regions added in the north east corner. Already there are new bridges, pathways, house parcel markers and Fantasy related stuff dotted about. Developments will continue for many more weeks yet but as you can see good … Continue reading Work starts On New SSPE Fantasy Regions
The Moles have started work this week on adding new Fantasy Linden Homes in the newly added 12 SSPE regions added in the north east corner. Already there are new bridges, pathways, house parcel markers and Fantasy related stuff dotted about. Developments will continue for many more weeks yet but as you can see good progress is being made.
Here is the fantasy sub continent map as of Tuesday 11th January 2022. The new 12 SSPE regions are now clearly visible on the world map now in the north east corner. In many coastal regions work is still happening around the continent.
New Rez Zone in SSPE2773
Chalet Sub Continent January 2022 Update
A whole lot of houseboats have been added on the east side and south side of the Chalet sub continent. I think once these regions are completed in the weeks ahead then work will start on the west and north side of the Chalet sub continent.
Stay tuned for more new developments soon.
Twelve new SSPE regions Added To Fantasy Sub Continent
Within the past 12 hours or so twelve new SSPE regions (SSPE2772 to SSPE2783) have been added to the Fantasy sub continent in the north east corner. This is exciting news because with these new regions actually completes the Fantasy sub continent coastal ring. These new regions are completely flat, unterraformed and they may not be … Continue reading Twelve new SSPE regions Added To Fantasy Sub Continent
Within the past 12 hours or so twelve new SSPE regions (SSPE2772 to SSPE2783) have been added to the Fantasy sub continent in the north east corner. This is exciting news because with these new regions actually completes the Fantasy sub continent coastal ring.
These new regions are completely flat, unterraformed and they may not be visible on the world map for some time. The moles will probably start adding new fantasy homes and road networks etc in the days/weeks ahead.
I would expect new Linden home themes to be placed in a north east direction where there is a lot of blue void on the grid. Maybe clusters or separate regions connecting them up with former Linden home themes. There is still at least another two Linden home themes yet to be officially be announced/released.
I will blog on further new developments very soon. Stay tuned for that.
The Growth Of The Bellisseria Continent During 2021
The Bellisseria continent in Second Life has doubled in size since the start of 2021. The Moles have done a great job this year. At the end of 2020 the Stilt homes area was released in phrases and since then the chalet/fantasy sub continents have been added. At least 300 Linden owned regions have been … Continue reading The Growth Of The Bellisseria Continent During 2021
The Bellisseria continent in Second Life has doubled in size since the start of 2021. The Moles have done a great job this year. At the end of 2020 the Stilt homes area was released in phrases and since then the chalet/fantasy sub continents have been added. At least 300 Linden owned regions have been added so far in 2021 and I think most of them if not all have been relating to the growth of the Bellisseria continent.
I would expect the expansion of the Bellisseria continent will continue for at least another few years at least as more Linden home themes are planned to be released. Maybe another 200 to 500 Linden home regions before the end of 2023.
Linden Home Releases so far from end of 2020….
- Stilt Homes – Announced at SL17B (June 2020) – Reveal on 24th June – Start of release (test regions+) – 21st December
- Chalet Homes – Announced at SL Christmas Expo (December 2020) – Reveal on 4th December – Released 30th March 2021
- Fantasy – Announced at SL18B – Reveal on 17th June 2021 – Released 12th August 2021
- Modern – Revealed on 6th December at the SL Christmas Expo 2021 – Release expected early 2022
There are still at least another two Linden Home themes in the works and there could possibly there may be more. Theme 10 I think will be revealed at the 2022 Home & Garden Expo 2022 and Theme 11 reveal may happen at the SL19B celebrations in June 2022. The lab may reveal these earlier or later than this. Who knows.
Here is the progress of the Bellisseria continent during 2021 month by month. I have been looking at the new developments throughout 2021. It’s been great to see it all take shape over the past 12 months or so.
The Moles added more railway track and more railway stations on the east side of the log homes continent. New railway stations, rez areas, signal points, Victorian tunnels, bridges, railway line crossings and much more.
The Moles added new Stilt Linden homes along the north east corner of the log homes continent. Loads of new interesting areas were added including hundred’s of new Linden Homes along with new roadways and more.
In early March the lab added a huge batch of Linden Home regions arrived just north east of the Stilt homes area. Back then there was a handful of regions needed to connect up with the Satori continent.
At the end of March the lab connected the Bellisseria continent with the Satori continent in Second Life. The Satori continent already connects with the Blake Sea, Nautilus, Corsica and Gaeta V going north east.
At the end of March the chalet regions were released to the public.
On 15th April 2021 marked Bellisseria’s second anniversary in Second Life. When Bellisseria first opened to the public there was only 384 regions to explore back in April 2019.
A batch of Stilt regions were added on the east side of the cluster of Stilt regions connecting with the Chalet regions.
The Moles added a brand new Chalet railway line underground and more Chalet homes were being built nearby. More new interesting areas were added including two new airstrips.
The Moles added the Ebbe Altberg Memorial in the Altberg region in Second Life.
In early July the Moles added new hundreds of new Chalet Linden homes through the middle section of the Chalet sub continent working up northwards.
In early August the Fantasy sub continent regions arrived on the grid. In mid August the Fantasy sub continent opened to the public. On 20th August 2018 the first 80 SSP Linden owned regions batch arrived on the grid in Second Life.
A new water connection was made between the Fantasy sub continent with the south side of the log homes continent. The Moles added new sealife under the water in these connecting regions.
The Moles added new areas in the empty spaces during September. There was new batches of regions added east side of the Chalet continent added regularly.
West side Fantasy batch of regions arrive on the grid in mid October. The Moles added hundreds of new Fantasy homes around the coastline. The Fantasy continent coastline is almost connected with a handful of regions left to fill on the north east side.
In mid October the Chalet south development work started recently and soon hundred’s of new houseboats will be added along with Chalet/Stilts Linden Homes on the coastal areas.
In early November the new Bellisseria Fantasy Community Centre region opened up to the public in Second Life. Everyone should visit and explore this new community centre. It’s incredible from the stairway, piers, the landing spot and views around the region.
The south and eastern coastline expansion work continued through November.
The new Modern Linden Home theme revealed at the 2021 SL Christmas Expo. To be released very soon I would expect.
It will be interesting to see where the lab will put the new Modern Linden Home theme regions and other upcoming themes. We will have to wait and see. I can’t wait to keep track of 2022 developments and blog about them.
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