Sky Mavis is still working on and investigating the opportunity to introduce a crafting system into Axie Infinity. Sky Mavis co-founder Jihoz posted on Twitter that the team ‘knows that it’s important’. Crafting would allow players to combine assets into something new, and often better.
The team talked about crafting extensively in a 3-year old blog post. In the post the team suggested that NFTs from other ecosystem could be integrated into the Axie universe. Crafting would also provide a progression mechanic, while crafting would also reduce NFT pollution in the ecosystem. In the blog post the team identified Axies, Adventure Mode item drops, land gameplay item spawns, and NFTs from other games as potential ingredients for the crafting system.
Renewed talk about crafting obviously gets the community excited, as it would introduce another economical layer to the already powerful play-to-earn game. Right now players earn SLP tokens, while the AXS governance token will gain utility through staking mechanisms soon.
Axie Infinity is the most popular play-to-earn blockchain game on planet earth, while the community often describes themselves as citizens of Lunacia. Right now hundreds of thousands of gamers play Axie Infinity on a daily basis, often being part of a guild or so-called scholarship program. NFT owners get a share of the income players make using their Axies.
Card upgrades incoming
Last week we already posted about card upgrades coming to Axie Infinity. A complete new battle system needs to introduce the ability to upgrade or level up cards. The exact mechanics are still a bit of a mystery, but it’s coming for sure. However, we do know that the card upgrades will happen through in-game drops.
If you combine that knowledge with the talk about crafting, then perhaps we’re looking in the right direction. In addition the team is of course working on land gameplay. Once land gets introduced, we can talking about resource gathering. As soon as there are resource, then crafting makes sense as well.
What is Axie Infinity again?
Let’s quickly talk a bit about Axie Infinity. The tactical battle game uses its own, native Ronin sidechain. In the game players need to use 3 Axie NFTs to battle opponents and earn Smooth Love Potions (SLP). Players need to use SLP to breed new Axies. In addition parent Axies can only breed children a limited amount of times. SLP has a demand, while the floor price for an Axie NFT is right now more than $200. In short, you need three $200 Axies to play and earn SLP tokens.
Earning SLP tokens has become a source of income for people in developing countries. Among those countries the Philippines is leading the pack. The organization and economics behind this, is also becoming more professional. Third party organizations like Yield Guild Games are building tools and communities to really turn people into gamers earning income by playing Axie Infinity.
Robert Hoogendoorn is a gamer and blockchain enthusiast. He got in touch with crypto in 2014, but the fire really lit in 2017. Professionally he’s a content optimization expert and worked for press agencies and video production companies, always with a focus on the video games & tech industry. He’s a content manager and creator at heart, working on Play to Earn. He’s also Head of Content for DappRadar.