Should you play Axie Infinity: Origin?

Key points to remember

  • Axie Infinity: Origin launched in Early Access mode.
  • Players can try out the new game for free by creating an Axie Infinity account and downloading the Sky Mavis Hub.
  • Origin is implementing several highly requested improvements, including sequential turns, new mechanics, and revamped gameplay.

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Crypto Briefing explore the early access version of Axie Infinity: Origin, an updated version of the popular game to earn.

What is Axie Infinity?

Axie Infinity is a game that revolves around collecting and battling cute, puffy creatures called Axies. It entered the mainstream last summer, spawning a new genre of crypto games where players can “play to win”, generating tokens with real value by spending time playing the game.

Axie mania hit highs in November as the price of the game’s AXS token hit an all-time high of $164, rising from under $10 four months prior. By spending a few hours a day on the game, gamers in developing countries like the Philippines found they could earn more than double the minimum wage. However, issues with the game’s economy created a massive surplus of its SLP reward tokens, which made it less profitable and led to an exodus of the most money-driven players. In recent months, the game has struggled to retain its player base amid a declining crypto market. The Axie NFTs needed to play the game were selling for a minimum of $600 each; now you can pick a team of three for less than $60.

Axie’s woes escalated last month when Ronin Network, the Ethereum sidechain used to trade tokens on the game, suffered a major attack. Someone took control of blockchain validators to steal over $550 million from Ethereum and USDC. Axie developer Sky Mavis discovered the theft six days later and released an announcement confirming affected users would be refunded, but its reputation still took a hit in the news.

Despite Axie’s rapid rise and fall, Sky Mavis didn’t give up. During her time in the spotlight, Axie has cultivated a strong community of gamers who are still loyal to the game. Sky Mavis is determined to restore the game to its former glory by improving its gameplay and game economy to create a fun and rewarding experience for all players.

The developers of Axie have reinvented the game in a new version called Axie Infinity: Origin. What was once a simple and repetitive combat system has been revamped and fleshed out, creating more opportunities for the development of complex strategies and theories. Players who were previously locked out of the game due to the cost of entry can now play the game for free with a starting Axies squad. While Axie Infinity: Origin’s launch was delayed due to the Ronin attack, it went live with an early access release this week. Crypto Briefing took a first look at the new game to see how it compares to the original game and if now is the time to join the Axie movement.

Get started with Origin

To get started with Axie Infinity: Origin, you must first create an Axie Infinity account. To do this, go to the official website and follow the steps. You don’t need to create a Ronin Chain Wallet at this point, but it’s worth doing so and connecting it to your account if you plan to buy Axies in the future.

You will also need to download the Sky Mavis Hub, the game launcher for Axie Infinity. Once the hub is up and running, you should be able to download and install Axie Infinity: Origin. The game is optimized to run on mobile devices, so it doesn’t use a lot of space; the Axie Infinity hub and game take up less than 500 megabytes of memory. Now all you have to do is log in using the Axie Infinity account and play.

The game’s tutorial does a good job of explaining the mechanics of the game, and anything you miss can easily be picked up by playing the rest of the adventure mode. As you progress, you’ll intermittently discover new gameplay features. Axie runes, charms, and the crafting system all have their own mini-tutorials, and completing adventure mode stages rewards those resources so so you can try them immediately.

Axie Infinity: original gameplay (Source: Axie Infinity)

The game plays like a cross between resource-based card games like Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon battles from the original Game Boy games. Players can launch attacks against each other Axies (or PvE creatures) with their pool of possible moves determined by a hand of cards drawn from their deck. Some cards allow your Axies to do damage, while others heal or protect your allies. Each turn, players draw on a limited pool of energy used to play cards. Most moves cost one energy point to perform; however, stronger cards force you to use more energy to maintain balance.

As in Pokémon, Axies are stronger or weaker than other Axies, depending on their type. For example, Beast-type Axies will do 15% more damage against Reptile Axies but take 15% more damage against Aquatic Axies. Another mechanism with an analogue in Pokémon is the rune system. These work similarly to held items, granting the Axie equipped with them a special benefit or passive effect.

Compared to the original release of Axie Infinity, Origin has implemented several much requested improvements. Turns are sequential, allowing for faster and more dynamic gameplay. Additionally, a player’s energy and cards are reset each turn to encourage more aggressive playstyles. Several other gameplay elements have also been overhauled. A Rage mechanic has replaced critical hits, Axie’s eye and ear attributes now have their own cards, and new rune and charm mechanics add depth to the game.

However, while a lot has changed, those who struggled to enjoy the original game may find the new version lackluster. The game can get repetitive, especially if you’re not interested in competing against other players. Of course, to do that, you’ll have to shell out for your own NFT Axies. Buying a cheap starter set might be fine at first, but you’ll need to upgrade them quickly to stay competitive, and it probably won’t be cheap to do so.

Even so, if you enjoyed playing through Origin’s Early Access, it might be worth collecting a few Axies now before the official launch. If Origin is successful in attracting a new cohort of players, demand for Axies could increase in the future.

However, it should also be noted that all progress made and resources collected in the early access version of Origin will be reset before the full release of the game. new players when the final version goes live. But in the meantime, there’s no harm in getting familiar with how the new game works early.

Disclosure: At the time of writing this article, the author owned ETH and several other cryptocurrencies.

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