The Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
It would indeed be very nice to have this mod updated.
However, having read his blog site, he is pretty clear about being a very busy guy, and that while this mod is not discontinued or "dead" between this and his other mods it will take a long time for this mod to be updated to 1.8 let alone all the way to 1.11(.2)
Which is a shame given the recent addition of several new mobs, and the past addition of new mods in versions he still has not been able to update the mod for. Still, it's possibly one of the greatest mods this game has ever seen and the fact he is still working on it after all these years...