Remember Second Life? No, neither do most people. Well, now it appears that creator Linden Lab is working on a sequel.
According to a statement from the developer sent to New World Notes, the sequel will be a “next generation virtual world that will be in the spirit of Second Life, an open world where users have incredible power to create anything they can imagine and content creators are king”.
“We are actively hiring to help with this ambitious effort,” the statement said.
“We believe that there is a massive opportunity ahead to carry on the spirit of Second Life while leveraging the significant technological advancements that have occurred since its creation, as well as our unparalleled experience as the provider of the most successful user-created virtual world ever.
“The next generation virtual world will go far beyond what is possible with Second Life, and we don’t want to constrain our development by setting backward compatibility with Second Life as an absolute requirement from the start.
“That doesn’t mean you necessarily won’t be able to bring parts of your Second Life over, just that our priority in building the next generation platform is to create an incredible experience and enable stunningly high-quality creativity, rather than ensuring that everything could work seamlessly with everything created over Second Life’s 11-year history.”
Launched in 2003, Second Life was a virtual world where users could live, meet, go shopping or make music and art. Multinational companies such as IBM and Coca-Cola rushed to be part of it, and countries even opened virtual embassies.
Last month, Linden Lab announced that beta testing had begun to integrate Oculus Rift support with Second Life.
Despite the enthusiams of Linden Lab, we can’t see people giving up on Minecraft or The Sims just yet …