Sansar invitations will continue to roll out until the public release in early 2017.
Linden Lab, the creative minds behind the online social game Second Life, have been quietly constructing a virtual reality successor to their popular virtual world. Now called Sansar, this new project isn’t just an upgraded Second Life, but according to the company, is a true VR platform that will allow for user-created virtual experiences.
For those you who’ve been hyped about taking Sansar for a spin, Linden Lab has announced that first invitations to the Sansar Creator Preview have already been sent out this past week.
The announcement marks a key moment for Sansar as select creators will be invited to create their own social VR experiences, pushing the new platform even closer to the 2017 release.
Since opening applications for the Creator Preview program, more than 6,500 people have applied according to Linden Lab. For this first round of invites, the company chose a select group of creators whose skills and projects are the best fit for Sansar’s capabilities today. Though, over time they will be inviting additional creators.
Sansar is intended to democratize VR as a creative medium, empowering people to easily create, share, and ultimately monetize their own interactive social experiences that can be enjoyed in VR with head-mounted displays like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, as well as via PCs. The hope for Sansar is to enable professional-level quality and performance, while also solving the complex engineering challenges that have previously made creating and publishing social VR experiences an extremely complex and costly endeavor.
“As the platform matures, we’ll continue inviting more and more creators up until public release early next year,” said Bjorn Laurin, VP of Product at Linden Lab. “Feedback from this early community will help us improve the platform, and they’ll create a range of incredible social VR experiences that everyone can enjoy at Sansar’s public release.”
Interested applicants can apply at Sansar.com and if you get in, we would love to hear from you about your experience.