On Saturday Maitreya announced it will be releasing a body update that will be free to current Maitreya users.
“When we created the Lara Mesh Body over 8 years ago, she was ground breaking and soon became the most popular body on the second life grid. Originally it had been our goal to stay close to the default Second Life avatar (Ruth), so that everyone could still enjoy their sl wardrobe with their Lara body,” Maitreya said. “In recent years that restriction has been lifted more and more. Due to the effort of thousands of content creators in second life, who make their mesh in various mesh body sizes, a mesh body can now look any way we want it to.”
Maitreya explained that they’ve received a lot of requests for a Lara mesh body update. “When we asked people what it was they were hoping to see in an update, most people replied they were hoping to see a more curvy or more detailed Lara with better weights.” Maitreya’s solution is to improve Lara with smoother weights and more detailed mesh, and to give the next generation of Lara X as an extra in their next update.
“An extra, not a replacement. So that no-one will lose anything and everyone will only gain!” Maitreya said. “This means that every Lara mesh body owner or buyer will receive Lara X for free and also still the original Lara body, to wear with existing Lara wardrobes. You can switch between them effortlessly if you wish so.”
I don’t pretend to understand what it takes to create a mesh or the weights Maitreya mentioned in their announcement. That’s creator talk, and I’m just a regular user who chose Maitreya because I want a slim and less curvy body. This release is an add-on and not a replacement, so I’m grateful we won’t lose our existing clothes. I just hope clothing creators don’t start focusing on curvy looks now. I’m happy with Maitreya just the way it is.