Second Life Premium Plus roll-out postponed

I was unable to get to the Web User Group meeting on Wednesday, May 5th, and it is taking a while to catch up with things. However, one item of discussion that I’ve been made aware of  – with thanks to Lucia et al – is that of Premium Plus.

This is, as most know, the new subscription level, placed “above”, so to speak, that of Premium, that Linden Lab have been working on.

No specifics as to what it might include have to date been released, making it the subject of much speculation in forums and at things like the Web User Group meetings, but it had been indicated that the roll-out of Premium Plus would follow some time after the deployment of Name Changes, which happened in early April (see Linden Lab announces “the return of last names”, and some notes).

Indeed, updated server-side support for Premium subscriptions – including Premium Plus – have already been deployed, and updates to more easily handle data relating to subscription benefits have also been made to the viewer, and will filter out to  TPVs over time.

However, the plans for the formal deployment of Premium Plus have now changed, as first revealed at the May 5th Web User Group meeting; the change, and the reasons for it were further confirmed to me by Grumpity Linden on Tuesday, May 12th.

We have made the decision to delay the deployment of Premium Plus based on two key factors:

  1. We want to be focused on our Uplift project (move to the cloud) and to minimize distraction for our development, QA, and Ops teams. While we’ve laid a lot of groundwork, quite a bit more still remains to finish Premium Plus.
  2. The pandemic has brought a lot of financial uncertainty to people all around the world and we know many of our Residents have been hit hard.

We are very happy that SL has provided an outlet for people where they can connect, escape, engage safely, and earn a living or supplement their income as well. But we also realise that introducing a higher-priced service level in this time would be really ham-handed.

– Grumpity Linden, May 12th, 2020

As to when might we see Premium Plus – or something like it – made available? Grumpity continued:

I don’t know that there’s a whole lot more to say. I can’t promise a time line, but early 2021 is reasonable to expect. If we find ourselves in a position to move up that time line, we’ll certainly explore that. Without any actual plans to that effect, we may find, for example, that a different type of service level than Premium Plus is a better offering for the times we find ourselves in come Fall.

Given the current global economic  / income environment,  delaying the deployment of the new Premium level is a sensible move, for the reason Grumpity states. As and when there is further news on Premium Plus, I’ll endeavour to provide an update – and in a more timely manner!

8 thoughts on “Second Life Premium Plus roll-out postponed

  1. I’m starting to think that Premium Plus is going to take away something from ordinary Premium and Basic users. Something that will cost money. Why else would the Lab be worried that “The pandemic has brought a lot of financial uncertainty to people all around the world and we know many of our Residents have been hit hard.”

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  2. From what I have read I believe upload fees (images, mesh etc) are going to rise for all except premium plus residents. So basically the third ‘tax’ on creators in a short time. LL are taking the piss.

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    1. My best guess is premium won’t lose anything. They also have to be careful with basic accounts. Remember they had to walk back lowering the allowed number of groups for basic when they raised premium prices. They need to add enough value to make Premium Plus seem worthworthwhile, not take away from current account tiers. I could see upping the charge for uploads for basic, keeping it the same for premium, and maybe making it free for premium plus. Premium Plus is going to be for the serious users and creators and they need to add things that will appeal to them. Giving a larger land allowance is kind of a no-brainer. It will cost them virtually nothing to give 2048 or even more once the sims are handled on the cloud. If they were to require Premium Plus to get commercial shops in Bellisseria. That would certainly get the major creators interested. Maybe add some new higher end Linden homes. They might as well put something between the current Bellisseria and Satori since they will be connecting those anyway.

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  3. Anyone noticed an issue with Improved Region Capacity and Access? That does not seem to work anymore for current premiums.

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    1. If there specific examples that can be cited, it would be best to raise them to the Lab via a bug report.

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