Remember Second Life? The virtual world launched on the desktop web back in 2003 with 3D avatars and spaces for various social activities. Believe it or not, it has been running continually this entire time—and now it's coming to mobile for the first time.
In fact, this will be the first time that Second Life has expanded beyond the PC (across Windows, macOS, and Linux) in any form.
In a post to the virtual world's community web forum, a community manager for Second Life developer Linden Lab shared a video with some details about the mobile version's development, and announced that a beta version of the mobile app will launch sometime this year.
A recent article in Game Developer about the announcement argues that the launch of a mobile version could breathe, well, a second life into Second Life. There's reason to be skeptical that it's going to greatly expand the audience for the virtual world, though; there are much more modern tries at the concept that has more recently come to be called "the metaverse." Even those are struggling, though, and it's unclear exactly what Second Life—which appears saddled with plenty of technical debt, among other challenges—would offer that the newer upstarts don't.
Linden Lab was working on a VR successor to Second Life, called Sansar, for years, but it ultimately stopped work on the project and sold it off. Sansar has hopped owners a couple of times, and its future remains uncertain.