Game Industry International has a good interview with Linden Lab CEO Rod Humble, who confirms what some have speculated, when the company acquired adventure game platform developer LittleTextPeople: While its first Linden product will be a standalone game (with text and 2D graphics, it seems), the studio is also developing what might best be described as Second Life-meets-shared, text-base storytelling. Hit it Humble:
You can view Second Life as a shared 3D creation space; the product LittleTextPeople is working on is going to be a creative shared storytelling space, where you can make your own stories and have people share them and play them.
SL developers will get a kind of MMO toolkit, as also speculated, and for everyone, two other products which tantalize:
[T]he two other products, certainly one fits very much in with virtual worlds, and the other one is kind of a unique, weird thing again that is even harder to describe - actually, it's much harder to describe.
Neither sounds like a social game, as I thought, but we will see, we will see.