After a year of company hints, speculation, and insider info, Linden Lab has finally and officially announced two of the four new non-Second Life products the company will launch this year: Creatorverse, an iPad-based, physics-enabled creation toy, and Patterns, "a new 3D creative environment to explore and shape", which sounds a lot like the Minecraft/ Little Big Planet-type game I was hearing about last Summer. But first, here's a look at Creatorverse, as introduced by Linden CEO Rod Humble:
Much more on the official site here, where you can request an alert for when the app is available in the Apple Store. From the brief demo, Creatorverse looks a lot like other physics-enabled creation toys -- "Your creations come to life as you play with different joints, forces, motors, teleporters, and more. From the simplest bouncing ball to an elaborate pinball machine, the possibilities are endless in Creatorverse" -- but there's some tantalizing suggestions that this could work on a larger scale:
In the demo, Humble mentions something about the ability to build and share games made in Creatorverse, and for several people to work on the same project together. I'm very curious how this will be possible through an iOS app, where any changes to a game usually have to be approved by Apple, but we'll see.
As for Patterns, a trailer is promised soon, but you can click here for early access. (For now, here's a thumbnail of the game ganked from the company site; looks a lot like Minecraft.) In any case, as I noted last week, Linden Lab has been taking much of the profits earned from Second Life and plowing them into new game/creative platforms. We're finally going to see how that investment has paid off -- whether it can build a new audience beyond its existing userbase of SL, and even more key, new revenue streams for the company.Tweet