ONE37pm: Are there any future updates in the works for Axie Infinity?
Zirlin: Building a city/base for your Axie’s, gathering resources, fighting in epic battles with allies, and fighting monsters. In the future, we’ll also make a portal to different games built by community members using our map editor / SDK. We’ve seen how passionate our player base is when it comes to creating content so we want to make it even easier for them to participate in the economic growth. Roblox comes to mind as an immediate inspiration or parallel here. We’re also working on an upgraded battle system that will be faster, more skill-based, and easier to get started with.
Ubisoft believes the new battles are a massive improvement over the current experience! On-boarding, which is our #1 barrier right now, has been significantly improved with social login, a fun tutorial, and free starter Axies. Free starter Axies will allow people to start learning the game before making any significant economic decisions. However, their earning ability will be very weak, meaning that free-to-try players will be encouraged to eventually get real Axies of their own.
ONE37pm: There's a good number of major partners involved in the game's continued growth, such as gaming publisher/developer Ubisoft for instance. How did that partnership come to be? And who do you hope to work with in the future?
Zirlin: We’re always looking to evangelize and educate larger organizations on the power of NFTs and Blockchain. We got to know Ubisoft in mid-2019 and eventually joined their Entrepreneurship Labs Season 5 program in 2020. That program has been great and we had many long discussions around the future of NFTs and gaming. We hope to work with game studios, both large and small in the future. We will teach them about NFTs and how to use them to bootstrap a community. We’ve already had some great game developers reach out to us about leveraging our tools and infrastructure. Ronin, for example, is our NFT scaling solution that allows for many of the frictions associated with NFTs right now (gas, complex account setup) to be eliminated.