Linden Lab Developing New 3D Sandbox Game Like Minecraft & Little Big Planet, Code-Named Patterns, Say Sources
Linden Lab is developing a new 3D sandbox game code-named Patterns, multiple sources have told me in recent months. According to them, Patterns is a 3D sandbox game similar in feel and play to Little Big Planet, the Playstation 3 hit, and Minecraft, the cross-platform indie blockbuster that long ago, I compared to Second Life as it was originally conceived.
However, here's the thing:
While some SLers noticed when the cat in this particular bag briefly popped its head out recently, even most insiders have little direct knowledge of Patterns; it's being developed in close quarters within the Linden Lab office, and only shown to the staff in very brief demos. (This secrecy, by the way, is a sharp departure from the internal openness Linden Lab exhibited in its founding years; the direction of Linden Lab as a game studio, however, is reflective of new CEO Rod Humble, an Electronic Arts alum who brought on Will Wright as a Linden adviser.) I'm not even clear if Patterns is the game's code name, but for now I'll assume that's the case. (Because seriously, "Patterns" doesn't exactly scream "name for a big hit game", does it?) It's even possible that there's more (or less) to Patterns than meets my sources' eyes. However, based on what they've seen, they're pretty impressed. One speculated that it has a good chance to become the mass market hit Linden Lab has been hoping for. Another added they were positive it'd be a bigger hit than Dio, the adventure game platform also being developed in semi-secret by Linden Lab. We shall see, we shall see (hopefully soon).