Mont Saint Michel in Second Life is a region that is so beautifully picturesque that even Linden Lab use it in their promotional materials. Unfortunately being beautifully picturesque is not enough to keep paying the bills and Hamlet Au over at New World Notes has blogged; Second Life’s Beloved Recreation of Mont Saint Michel Soon Leaving SL for “Economical” Reasons.
Hamlet’s post links to a Flickr post from Moeka Kohime, owner of the region, which has a caption with the word “close” and 2008-2015 on it. That Flickr post simply says :
Le Mont Saint Michel SIM 2008-2015 CLOSE
Schedule at the end of September 2015.
*Edelweiss* is immortal forever 🙂
I intend to consider the temporary Main store to be Akiba SIM
So fans of the inworld fashion brand Edelweiss need not panic, but for fans of Mont Saint Michel, it is indeed sad news.
News such as this make it even more obvious as to why plans for Project Sansar involve lower land costs and higher sales taxes. One of the greatest obstacles to people who wish to create regions of beauty or something to do in Second Life has been the oft repeated issue of the tier being too damn high.
I will add here that I have not spoken to Moeka Kohime and therefore do not know if the economic reasons for the closure involve the tier being too damn high, but in a general sense, Second Life has been hamstrung for many years due to the tier being too damn high.
Having said that, and in fairness to Linden Lab, discussions regarding the tier being too damn high often fail to come up with the sort of concrete plans to address the issue. Linden Lab simply cannot afford to slash tier to the levels whereby people would no longer say that the tier is too damn high because, to put it simply, the risk is far too great.
Whereas many people suggest that lower tier would result in more people owning land, at this stage in Second Life’s life, would enough people take advantage of lower tier to keep the ship steady? I remain unconvinced because owning a region is about more than the costs, there’s the development time to be taken into account too.
As for Mont Saint Michel, whatever the reasons for its closure it’s a region that is well worth a visit. The beautiful pictures of the region don’t capture the wonderful narrow alleyways and nooks and crannies as well as actually visiting the region does. This really is a beautiful region and it’s a great shame to hear that it will close, visit it whilst you can.
SLURL To Mont Saint Michel : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mont%20Saint%20Michel/104/29/21/