Axie Infinity updates Origin as users drop out

Despite the reopening of the Ronin bridge and the team’s efforts to make the gaming experience more smooth, Axie Infinity players are increasingly looking away.

Team of three Axie Infinity creatures: orange, green, and turquoise
A team of Axies. Source: Axie Infinity Twitter account

Axie Infinity developers began deploying another round of updates to Axie Infinity Origin earlier this morning. The game will be down until the process is complete.

Changes include bug fixes and minor improvements, including a server performance boost, fixing an exploit that allowed players to win by disconnecting, and adding reminders that selected in-game items will become unavailable when a new season begins.

Other changes include automatic cancellation of a match if neither side takes action within 60 seconds of start. Other, more technical issues have also been addressed, Axie Infinity said in a Twitter post. Users reported in-game errors following the updates, and some pointed out that the game is still riddled with flaws.

But Axie Infinity’s earlier treat, Lunacian Summer breeding event, which includes special summer skins, largely took off, raising hopes that the game could see investors return. At the moment, the situation looks bleak enough with a 20% drop in user headcount month on month and a 49% month-on-month plunge in market cap for the game’s NFTs.

Despite efforts, Axie Infinity remains encumbered by a combination of adverse bear market conditions, enduring harm from the March Ronin bridge exploit, and the headwinds GameFi is facing as traditional gamers oppose the fusion of crypto and gaming.