The video game designer behind Second Life has deserted its grand efforts for a virtual truth follow-up to its early 2000s hit.
SF-based Linden Lab announced today that they’ve sold off assets related to Sansar to a small, little-known business called Wookey Search Technologies, which will take control of advancement of the title. Linden Lab will continue keeping and establishing Second Life and it seems like a few of its workers will be joining Wookey. The offer was reported by Protocol. The video game studio had currently
announced layoffs last month. Second Life has remained in the spotlight of popular culture, and the studio claimed to still be hauling in significant revenues from the video game in the last few years. That said, the failure of Sansar is a disaster for Linden Lab, which has focused considerable resources on the effort considering that it initially teased the platform back in 2014. When the title was announced, VR was at
the peak of its hype following Facebook’s Oculus VR acquisition. Though Sansar released in beta with assistance for both VR and desktop use, the sluggish adoption of VR definitely didn’t help the title’s appeal. The studio’s management has detailed in interviews that most of Sansar’s users are desktop-based. Given the evident turmoil at the studio, Sansar’s user base will likely be eased to hear that the studio did their best to provide the title a soft landing, though it’s uncertain what resources its brand-new acquirer has access to.