Linden Lab is reportedly building a project code-named 2D, the Daily Finance claims, citing anonymous sources, which one source describes as an iOS app "to allow users to create text adventure games".
Is this accurate? I just talked with some insiders, and got a slightly different story: There does seem to be a Linden Lab project which roughly resembles what the Daily Finance describes, but it's in such an early stage of development, even most Lindens aren't very familiar with it. However, it will probably not use assets or technology from Second Life, at least how they're currently deployed. And it's probably not an "adventure game platform" per se, but a new kind of open-ended virtual world with user-generated content. My personal guess is the Daily Finance reporter mistook this to be an adventure game platform, because from a certain angle, they seem roughly alike. Daily Finance quotes a Gartner analyst who doesn't seem to know you can already make games in SL, and many have. (Even adventure games!) Since the article is confused on that point, it's likely the confusion extends to what Linden is actually making. Maybe it's more accurate to say the Linden project is a synthesis of the two genres.
In any case, the project was conceived by new CEO Rod Humble, who along with being a former executive with Electronic Arts, develops art games of his own. I did ask Linden Lab to comment on the project, and I was pointed to this Tweet from Rod: "We have not announced what we are working on. Fun to see the guesses though :)" Spokeman Peter Gray adds: "We're looking forward to talking more about this in the coming months, but right now, it's too soon to share details."
UPDATE, 3:15PM: Just noticed a later Tweet by Rod Humble that makes it seem even less likely to be an adventure game platform: "I mentioned how much I loved the genre once, so 2+2 got put together, to make 7 :)"
Hat tip: Alphaville Herald.