Sorry anon, it really is dead and I don't think it's coming back. Hotwheels doesn't even want anything to do with it anymore and it's not going to be possible to independently host it anywhere without serious, crippling problems that aren't worth the trouble.
For myself, and any other 8/v/ anons reading this, especially the ones that had no interest in /pol/ and all that other bullshit, a farewell message:
I know many of you have probably been doing the chan culture thing for years, even being on 4chan before the GG exodus in 2014, to some this may feel like the end of an era (and I think it is). I know I'm going to miss all the shitposting and banter, free from SJW mods and botnets and telemetry and all that other web 2.0/3.0 nonsense, I'm going to miss the game nights on Halo and Jackbox and Unreal and TF2, and I'm going to miss a lot of you. I was introduced to chan culture back in high school by a friend that's sadly no-longer with us, and though it gets the ire of many for /pol/ and /b/'s reputation and the sociopaths that frequent those boards, I have a lot to thank /v/ and /mu/, and /tv/ and /g/ and /tech/ for. Informing me a lot about my taste in music and video games, giving me more insight to read between the lines and seek truth in places I wouldn't normally expect to find them. I feel it's strengthened my intellect and helped my spirit through times where I really just didn't believe in myself and felt disillusioned and rejected by the rest of the world around me. For that, I thank you all.
As for what to do now? I'm going to have to just move on. I've got more going on in my life now than I did when my friend got me into these sites, he passed away some time ago but since then I've always maintained my perspective and my conscience, which he had no small part in influencing. For all of you, I recommend doing the same, but always remember where you came from and why you posted here, and keep fighting the good fight online. I'd also take this as an oppurtunity to reconnect with old friends and family, maybe go to some other places and connect with other communities you initially wrote off with a less mature perspective.
Farewell and Godspeed anons. It was good knowing you, and thank you for helping me reconnect with myself in the last 8 years.