Sky Mavis Announces Early Access Release of Axie Infinity
Free-To-Play Starter Axies Introduced to Make Gameplay More Accessible | Sky Mavis Announces Early Access Release of Axie Infinity: Origin | April 7, 2022 — Sky Mavis, the creator of the category-defining NFT title Axie Infinity, announced today the global Early Access release of Axie Infinity: Origin (Battles v3) via Mavis Hub, Sky Mavis’ distribution platform.

With over 1.5 million daily active users, Axie Infinity is an NFT game where players battle, collect, and trade digital pets called Axies. Through the early access release of Origin, Sky Mavis’ goal is to create a battle system that is more fun, beautiful, and engaging and open the Axie ecosystem up to a broader audience. Axie Infinity: Origin players will be able to enjoy new game mechanics, interfaces, art, special effects, and storylines. Additionally, by providing three free non-NFT starter Axies and extensive gameplay tutorials Axie Infinity: Origin will be more accessible than ever.

Players can expect to see the following changes to gameplay in the Alpha version:

  • Power-ups: Runes and Charms are new power-ups introduced in Origin. They are equipped by players’ Axies and will provide various buffs. Runes give new passive powers to Axies and charms are wearables that enhance an Axie’s inherent abilities.

  • Sequential Turns: In Origin, Axies will now execute their attacks immediately as cards are played. Opposing trainers will take sequential turns using their cards versus choosing them simultaneously at the beginning of a round. Trainers will now be in constant action by either playing their cards or carefully observing their opponent’s moves.

  • Card Changes: Although most cards will carry over to Origin, they will now play differently as most cards have either an attack or defense value, instead of both. Additionally, there will be new cards that relate to an Axie’s eyes and ears increasing the meta combinations significantly.

  • Free Starter Axies: Three non-NFT starter Axies will be provided to every player so that users can immediately start playing the game without any financial barrier to entry.

“We are constantly looking for ways to bring the fun of Axie Infinity to even more people. Through Origin, we are not only making the game easier to play by offering three free non-NFT starter Axies, but we are polishing the design, making gameplay more efficient, and introducing new mechanics to drive sustainability. During the early access release, our focus is on collecting player feedback and real gameplay data to be able to create the best experience possible before a full launch. We look forward to hearing players’ input and can’t wait to see our community grow while building a better, decentralized world together,” shared Trung Nguyen, Sky Mavis CEO.