It’s going to happen, i see it happening already. People will face Second Life off with Sansar and fear the outcome.
I’f I’m honest i am one of them, but it’s hard not to compare and even harder not to worry about loosing everything i’ve grown to love in SL. No matter how much Linden Lab say Second Life will go on and on and continue to have a full team of dedicated developers, i’m still going to worry.
We’ve been through a lot in Second Life, many moments of change that rippled out to effect a lot of users. That time when Homesteads lost value and gained rental hikes that put me in a really horrible position. That time Linden Lab outsourced the SL viewer to create SL viewer 2.0 that was utterly rejected by the user base changing the face of new feature adoption ever since. The time Marketplace made shopping malls less appealing and i ended up seeing long time Malls close down because no one was investing in them. It’s the users that keep SL in play.
I think this is the main fear factor for me when it comes to the prospect of Project Sansar. All of the long time surviving private regions that i know maybe owned by one person, but are supported by the good graces of those who pitch in with the high tier costs. The only way Escapades Island will cease to exist is if people loose interest in the Island, and the threat i see from Sansar is one of comparative costs. Why bother to continue renting land in Second Life when it’s much cheaper or even free in Sansar?
Sansar needs to happen
Im excited about Sansar, it needs to happen. It’s just a shame Second Life could not evolve, but it hit a wall of legacy crap that prevents it taking advantage of the latest Technologies and there for we are having to take this possibly painful VR transplant to a newer Platform. As an artist I’m giddy with the possibilities. Better avatars, better clothing, better landscaping, PROPER CAVES!, a mobile consuming viewer, fantastic rendering, Immersive VR, and Instancing. Oh Joy. I sigh that i might have to re-learn scripting again, and wonder if LL will adopt Apples brand new Metal Api or just run out a degraded port for mac users.
I love that Sansar is happening, i fully support the initiative and am excited about it. But i head to it with trepidation about how it will effect the communities i am part of. So many un answerable questions about how it will effect us.
Could Sansar sit beside SL as a place to go to for adventures, then return to SL for chats and hugz. I know a few people who co-exist in both SL and Opensim so i know its possible to co-exists in two virtual Worlds. But wether one would want to pay nothing in one world and pay a hefty cost in the other is something Escapades Island will have to deal with when it happens.
I must point out that while all this info about Sansar is on the SL forums, Sansar still does not exist so this whole post is speculation and an expression of my current anxieties based on the current vibes of community friends.