Vitalik Buterin stated on Monday during an interview at CoinDesk’s virtual 2020 conference that he still expects Ethereum 2.0 Phase 0 to go live in July. As part of his reasoning, Buterin cited the recent deployment of the Topaz and multi-client Schlesi ETH 2.0 testnets. Beyond this, Buterin highlighted scalability advancements, such as ongoing progress to sharding in the context of ETH 2.0 as well as the increasing adoption of optimistic rollups on the current ETH 1.0 network, evidenced by Synthetix’s use of Optimism’s demo Optimistic Virtual Machine. Buterin also pointed to improvements regarding the blockchain network’s privacy and underlying cryptographic primitives.
5/13 Update: Vitalik Buterin has since clarified his stance on Ethereum’s 2.0’s release date, stating that he believes that the new network is on-track, but not set to launch in July.