Have you ever questioned why we name our gaming universe Axie Infinity? From the very starting, we at all times envisioned constructing a gaming ecosystem that introduced smiles and pleasure to each kind of gamer around the globe. Infinite experiences, infinite engagement… infinite enjoyable. At the inspiration of our ecosystem are Axies, the digital pets you all are attending to know and love. Each Axie is exclusive in its personal manner, and as we’ll all start to find collectively, the world of Lunacia will quickly current many distinctive experiences for each you and your Axies to higher get to know one another. We’d wish to share some extra about a type of experiences that’s at present deep in improvement.
Last December, we first gave neighborhood members a one-week glimpse of a recreation that had the codename Project Ok. Ok was brief for kingdom, and all landholders on the time received an opportunity to play with the primary idea construct of the sport. We shared it primarily to check some gameplay ideas with the neighborhood, get your suggestions, take a look at our server infrastructure, and to make it clear to the neighborhood that our ecosystem is actually dedicated to totally different gaming experiences. It was a tiny a part of our final imaginative and prescient for Project Ok, but it surely was nice to see the constructive suggestions it acquired.
The success of the demo reaffirmed each that we had the foundations for a terrific gaming expertise, and that we would have liked to scale our group significantly to execute our full imaginative and prescient. You may be shocked to study that the early group behind that demo solely had 3 engineering contributors. Thankfully, given our current funding spherical and unimaginable development in 2021, we’ve been in a position to make key hires that can guarantee our execution on Land does justice to the lofty goals we share with every considered one of you.
Project Ok in 2021
We have made appreciable progress on Project Ok over the previous 12 months. We carried out in depth gameplay analysis inside numerous genres associated to our core idea, and recognized quite a few gaming mechanics that excite us. We developed quite a few foundational parts for the sport, together with an infrastructure that permits social interactions between gamers, and the power to create distinct, but interrelated gaming modes as particular “seasonal” occasions that gamers can get pleasure from.
Perhaps for instance of those particular occasions, we’d wish to share an especially early prototype of an occasion our software program engineering group has been taking part in round with. As you may see within the screenshot beneath, we’re testing a gameplay mode the place armies of Axies come collectively on large battlegrounds for management of Lunacia. We intend for experiences like these to make Project Ok a recreation that delights all sorts of players, whether or not they desire constructing, battling, puzzling, and even adorning.
Additionally, we welcomed a brand new senior recreation designer who refined the pre-existing design of Project Ok, and likewise introduced a substantial variety of basic design enhancements to the core gaming expertise.
We additionally introduced in an incredible artwork director to make the required sturdy stylistic decisions which allowed us to hone and make clear the sport’s core aesthetic. He has helped oversee the creation of a a lot larger constancy expertise, and as you may see beneath, the artwork speaks for itself!
We’ve been extremely busy rising Project Ok in each conceivable manner all through 2021. Today’s group is 15 individuals and rising, every member placing their full effort right into a recreation that we will’t wait to disclose.
A Collective Vision & Destiny
We are actually 2.9 M neighborhood members sturdy. Collectively, we’re a power to be reckoned with. Our coming collectively as a neighborhood and a motion obligates us to collectively swing for the fences, to actually shock the world. We imagine that collectively, we will construct participating, enjoyable, inspiring gaming experiences for everybody. We imagine this could solely happen on prime of an open basis that permits us all to win collectively and share on this undertaking’s success.
This perception extends to all components of our gaming ecosystem, together with Project Ok in fact! As such, our collective imaginative and prescient has grow to be rather more expansive and befitting of the rising energy of our neighborhood.
Our imaginative and prescient for Project Ok is to introduce a whimsical, excessive constancy world for Axies, consisting of quite a few interrelated gaming experiences constructed by Sky Mavis and over time, the whole neighborhood. It can have a powerful stylized really feel, introducing the world to appreciable Axie lore, whereas carrying ahead the spirit of our gaming experiences. Our major focus nevertheless, is centered on the truth that the very best video games create enjoyable, emotionally participating experiences with individuals from all walks of life. This is the first aim of Project Ok.
Project Ok will launch facets of this multi-experience recreation over time.
Phase 1 of this expertise will focus extra upon simulation and land administration (manufacturing, useful resource gathering, constructing, and buying and selling).
Phase 2 will construct in extra administration gameplay parts (similar to ability timber, jobs, and social/cooperative actions).
Phase 3 will focus extra on group strategic gameplay (defend, battle, conquer). Throughout the continual evolution of Lunacia, options can be added, and Axies can have an ever-expanding set of experiences they’ll encounter. However, between every occasion and recreation launch section, main occasions that have an effect on all of Lunacia will happen, giving gamers a way of development at a world scale.
This scale of the sport candidly felt constrained, and borderline unimaginable inside the 2D artwork fashion we launched final 12 months. So, we took a step again, and rewrote the core engine in 3D. These are appreciable new challenges for us, however the outcomes to this point have made us tremendous excited for the alternatives these engineering decisions create.
In brief, constructing one thing of this scale requires appreciable effort and time. This is why we determined to delay the discharge of the Project Ok alpha this 12 months. We respect your persistence, and assume you’ll discover that it was effectively well worth the wait. To provide you with a view into the longer term, we needed to organize a teaser video for you all as our vacation reward to the neighborhood. We hope you get pleasure from it!