Once again, Dappsify returns for another epic installation of Game of the Week featuring the Tamagotchi-ish creatures lured in the blockchain gaming realm called Axies. Axie Infinity is a cybernetic take on our adorable minute friends from the 90s which packs a lot of heat in the battlefield.
These Axies run on the Ethereum blockchain which was actually one of the first batches of dapp games to ever use ERC 721 tokens. At first glance, while squinting an eye, of course, these Axies would seem to resemble CryptoKitties. To be honest, they derived their idea of Axies from theses feline cuties and improved its way of interacting with each other. In battle, of course.
What are Axies, really?
Axie Infinity is the world where these so-called Axies come into play, or slaughter rather. Each Axie has a unique genetic code that is manifested into different body parts needed for gameplay and just plain frolicking around.
The Axie Infinity team consists of a select group of developers who started working on their revolutionary dapp game January of 2018. They sold their first batch of Axies on February 16 in a whopping number of 3529 which raised around 900 ETH or $650,000. At the time, they were on the top three highest grossing ETh games of all time.
Enough of the numbers, here are the facts: Axies are social entities that can be traded in the Marketplace or bred following the dominant-recessive gene sequence of well, real animals like us. Yes, we believe in evolution. Just like these incredibly adorable bouncing jelly warriors.
25 eggs are being sold each day giving the Axie gene pool progressing diversity. During the first stages of the game distribution, a more “centralized” approach was made by the developers to control the oversupply or scarcity of Axies on the market which in turn improves the user experience.
The most important aspect of all is, of course, the PvP battle which rakes in vast amounts of experience. The competing teams are composed of three Axies that can be positioned in different tiles on a battle platform. Strategizing is the key here to defeat the opponent mixing a tank, support, and an attacker in a myriad of sequences. For more information on how to battle, click here.
The PVE set-up
These Axies are housed in a terrarium where players can groom, customize, feed, just like the Tamagotchi from the 90’s leaving no room for a dull moment within the blockchain game. Axie Infinity is also looking forward to a more immersive player versus environment set-up where they can explore the world of Axies, play quests, and earn experience while doing so. Step aside pokemon, a new digital entity would take over.
What sets Axie Infinity apart from other blockchain games?
Dappsify breaks down every facet of this dapp gem of a game and here are the key points we found out:
Immediate response to a technicality
The CEO can be the decision maker and also the executor which means less time to roll out new features. Often times, with other blockchain games, the devs are not in control. Axie Infinity entirely scraps that idea by appointing Trung Nguyen as CEO and CTO simultaneously which cuts development time.
Exploring other token options
Though Axies are ERC 721 tokens, the devs are looking forward to ERC 998 tokens which would be applied in their terrarium. Knowing this transfer implies endless possibilities on the blockchain development of the game.
Fewer minds but more efficient
The team consists of less than a dozen people working closely with each other. This set-up cuts the information relay by a milestone and boosts good user experience. It wouldn’t hurt to add that two people on the team have military backgrounds adding heavy duty strategizing to the table.
Axie Infinity is always rooting to couple with big agencies and sponsors because they believe it is the best way to run a blockchain game. Some of them include Loom Network, Sirin Labs, Stream Connected, and BitGuild and some others.
The promotional tools that the Axie Infinity team used are community-centric with side-by-side art contests and whatnot driving the whole Axie Infinity universe closer to each other via other media.
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Do you think Axie Infinity would surpass the craze of CryptoKitties?