In just 2 months of existence, Axie Infinity Origin, the free-to-play game from Sky Mavis, has attracted 600,000 users. Is the rescue plan for the victims of the Ronin Bridge hack on the right track?
Axie Infitity Origin, Plan B?
Before we talk about it Origin, back to Axie Infinity. If you’ve never heard of it, know it’s an NFT game Play to earn launched by Sky Mavis in 2018. Axie, highlighting Axies clashes and allowing players to earn AXS tokens after wins. This game is said to support many households in Thailand and the Philippines today.
It should be noted that Axie Infinity (AXS) is often in the top 5 NFT games at the moment, with the following: approximately 1.5 million daily active users, $4.23 billion in NFT sales revenue or 2.1 million traders .
There was a time when the developers of Axie Infinity decided to leave the slow and expensive Ethereum blockchain. To satisfy millions of players, it was necessary to create a network side chain named after the Ronin Bridge. Unfortunately, hackers have taken advantage of this loophole to siphon about $625 million from Axie Infinity users. It happened at the end of March.
A few days later, Sky Mavis drafted plan B, if we may put it that way: Axie Infinity Origin.
Origin, early launch
A week after the theft of more than half a billion dollars, Sky Mavis has decided to launch the game in early access Free to play Axie Infinity: Origin. Just to restore the image of the Vietnamese studio and… to boost the morale of the entire Axie community.
For this, Sky Mavis had turned to Binance, this exchange signed CZ that does not hesitate to support it in difficult times. Occasionally, Binance signed a $150 million check to get the project off the ground.
† We wanted to keep growing and we wanted to make progress and show the community our hard work. That’s why we decided to launch Early Access this week. And we are very excited about it. I think the community is also very excited says Jeff Zirlin, co-founder of the studio and responsible for its growth.
And there’s something to be excited about since Axie Battle V3, another name for Origin, would be an upgraded version of Axie Infinity. Sky Mavis had in fact worked:
- its combat system;
- its fun, engaging and visual side;
- the rating system per game, Matchmaking Ranking (MMR);
- are free Axies that facilitate the appropriation of the game;
- bonuses (runes and charms);
- a progress plan to learn about the new gameplay;
Axie Infinity: Origin, we’re far from the final version
We already made it clear above that Axie Battle V3 is still in its infancy. The final version depends on the success of the next 4 phases.
Phase 1: Libra
At the moment, Origin is in the “balance” level and is benefiting from an update to bring more competitiveness to the . to bring to play†
Phase 2: Game Progress
It is scheduled for July and includes, in particular, the verification of the absence of hiccups in the practice of the game Axie Infinity Origin. Also the developers of this Free to play performs a full reset of MMRs, moon maps, and runes/charms in the Origin ecosystem.
Phase 3: Migration of SLP Rewards
If these rewards are currently in V2 of Axie Battle, Sky Mavis plans to move them to Origin by entering this phase. At the same time, the studio is planning the combustion integration of SLPs.
Phase 4: Launch of the final version
It is on this occasion that Axie Infinity Origine will know its season 1 and its official version.
Free to playa way to attract more players
Sky Mavis Thinks Giving Away Three Non-NFT Starter Axies Will Promote Players Origin† In other words, they don’t have to pay anything when they start the adventure. In addition, the Vietnamese studio will provide them with tutorials to overcome the difficulties in appropriating the game and to prevent them from relinquishing such a privilege, the team has made sure to limit the sale of their first assets.
† We wanted to give everyone the chance to fall in love with the game. Players experience the universe for free, without having to go through crypto onboarding. So our thesis is that Axie is beautiful, that he is nice. And too few people know this because the barrier to entry is huge. So if we can bring out the experience and do the onboarding of the blockchain, something that happens after the activation and after the interest, then we will be able to convert and bring a different type of audience into this technology. †
The icing on the cake, Axie Infinity: Origin comes to fill in the gaps in the original version of Axie Infinity.
To add to Zirlin:
† We wanted to keep a lot of the spirit of what makes the classic Axie, now on the market, really fun. But we wanted to improve the art and the animations – and we wanted to make it faster, a little bit more creative. †
Trung Nguyen, CEO of Sky Mavis was more explicit on the subject:
† We are constantly looking for ways to bring the joy of Axie Infinity to even more people. Thanks to Origin, we’re not only making the game easier to play by giving away 3 free non-NFT starter Axies, but we’re also tweaking the design, making gameplay more efficient, and introducing new mechanics to increase durability. During the Early Access period, we will be focused on collecting player feedback and real gameplay data so that we can create the best possible experience for a full launch. We look forward to player feedback and look forward to seeing our community grow as we build a better, decentralized world together. †
At this point, it’s worth saying that Axie Infinity Origin does not award any SLP or AXS rewards. To continue enjoying it, you have to stay on Axie Classic (Battle V2). Also note that this new version of Axie Infinity was not available on GooglePlay and similar platforms initially. Basically, Ronin Bridge was brought down after the hack of the century that caused users to lose more than $620 million, but Sky Mavis seems to have a few tricks up its sleeve for now. His idea of launch Origin will only increase the love for games Play to earn for a wider audience, especially those who are not yet on board with cryptocurrencies.
Source: Dapp Radar; VentureBeat
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