Players can farm and build on their land plots in Lunacia
Sky Mavis has revealed the first gameplay footage of their upcoming land update for Axie Infinity. This also marks the first time players get to see official 3D gameplay for Axie Infinity, which of course started as a 2D tactical battle game.
- Gamers have been waiting for over 3 years to play on their Axie Infinity land
- Axie Infinity alpha test for Age of Pioneers coming by the end of 2022
- Axies produce and gather resources to craft items
- Axie Infinity land plots still the most expensive, but lost some value
- Land gameplay will reward players with AXS, but not with SLP
- The market hit Axie Infinity hard as trading and user activity drops
The 95-second Land Gameplay Teaser has been received well by the Axie Infinity community. The fact that Sky Mavis dropped the trailer doesn’t come as a total surprise, as their recent land AMA made many landowners feel mistreated. Despite promises 3 years ago about land gameplay, actual functionality for the NFTs still doesn’t exist.
Land gameplay for Axie Infinity will come with the launch of the alpha. They expect to launch the alpha of Axie Infinity: Age of Pioneers by the end of 2022.
Land ownership determines resources
In the top left corner of the screen, players can see their account options and land details. This user owns one piece of Forest land at the coordinates (-62,-72). Supposedly players can combine adjacent pieces of land into a bigger playable area, but this is still something Sky Mavis is investigating. The type of land one owns, determines the available resources on that particular land. For example, forest land gets you wood and stone. You can find your resource holdings in the top bar in the middle of the screen.
Axies produce, gather or craft
In the bottom of the screen you can see your workers, in this case 4 Axies. Sky Mavis said last week that Axie NFTs can’t be used in land gameplay yet. Whether this will change in the future remains to be seen. For now these 4 workers are standard characters with no additional skill sets. These Axies can either gather wood and stone, or the player can assign them to produce food on the farm. Think about corn and potatoes. Players can then use these farm goods to craft noodles or bread in the kitchen, which is a building on your Axie farm. Ultimately players will need to produce and gather resources to craft items.
Every building potentially starts at level 1. Players will need to use resources, in this case wood and stone, to upgrade a building. In this example, upgrading the kitchen costs 60 stone and 90 wood. The player still needs to get more stone in order to upgrade their kitchen.
Leveling up unlocks more blueprints
Which items players can craft, depends on the blueprints they have unlocked. At the moment the interface suggests that new craftable blueprints unlock as players level up. Players can level up their farm by producing, gathering and crafting items. Whether unlocks happen based on the performance of the overall farm, or based on the activity of that particular building, remains to be seen.
How hot is land in Axie Infinity?
We’ve already seen land in Axie Infinity trade for millions of dollars. Last year we reported on a $2.3 million land sale. At the same time a quick glimpse at NFT trading activity for Axie Infinity, shows that land is among the most valuable assets in the ecosystem.
However, despite being the top NFTs in terms of value, land in Lunacia has taken a bit of a dip. Savannah land plots have become the cheapest pieces of land, right now selling for a little bit more than 1.2 ETH. However, a few months ago the cheapest land parcels were more than 5 ETH.
Axie taking punches
Not only has the Axie community been hit by the crypto downturn, which affects both the game rewards and the trading volume of the Axie Infinity ecosystem. Axie Infinity and its community also had to deal with a hack of the Ronin bridge, among other disappointments. It’s these types of gameplay teaser trailers that need to help to give the community morale a boost. It’s not without reason that the team continued with the release of Axie Infinity Origin, despite the Ronin hack by North Korean hacker group Lazarus.
However, despite being the unicorn of the play-to-earn space, Axie Infinity has taken quite a hit. In the past 30 days, the number of NFT traders dropped 16% to 296,626, while sales dropped even more. With 940,499 NFTs sold in the past 30 days, Axie Infinity dropped below the 1 million traded NFTs per month. Nonetheless, with over 100,000 gamers connecting to the game’s smart contracts every month, Axie Infinity still is a force to be reckoned with.
Those numbers still give Axie Infinity a decent position in the DappRadar Game Rankings, just outside the top 10. Axie Infinity now holds the 11th spot, being surpassed by Sunflower Land. At the same time SecondLive, and Aavegotchi have both seen considerable growth that could push them past Axie Infinity in the weeks and months to come.