The Launch of Axie Infinity: Origin is Pushed Back By One Week Following Security Breach

Axie Infinity: Origin was supposed to be launched today, but will be available to play via Mavis Hub on April 7th instead.
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Quick take:

  • The Axie Infinity team is investigating the implications of the security breach.
  • Axie Infinity: Origin is having a launch week from March 30 to April 7.
  • Axie Infinity will reveal snippets of the game each day of the week.

Axie Infinity today announced that it will be delaying the launch of its new blockchain game, Axie Infinity: Origin, by a week. Originally slated to launch today, the game will be available to play via Mavis Hub on Apr 7 instead.

Following the security breach on Sky Mavis’ Ronin network that was discovered on Mar 29, Axie Infinity said in a blog post that it has decided to “give the engineering and security team an additional window of time to deeply investigate all implications of the breach, before asking for their full attention to support Origin’s release.”

To keep its community of players interested, Axie Infinity has planned a launch week starting on Mar 30, leading up to the launch of Axie Infinity: Origin on Apr 7. A snippet of the new game will be revealed each day of the week.

The gameplay trailer was released yesterday, showcasing upgraded Axie art and animations. 

The Origin Launch Contest and Neutral Runes & Charms will be released on Axie Twitter and Discord at 10am EDT today. To participate in the contest, players would have to either design a Custom Origin Card, write a Twitter thread on the Arco Beast Lore, or cosplay as an Axie and post their content with the #OriginLaunch hashtag on Twitter. One winner will be chosen to “leek” the Reptile Runes & Charms on Apr 6.

On Apr 2, an internal gameplay session will be streamed on the official Axie Twitch channel to give fans a glimpse of the game’s completed build live and in action. 

In an update on the Ronin network breach, COO of Axie Infinity and Sky Mavis, Aleksander Leonard Larsen, tweeted yesterday: “Been working with the Sky Mavis board and key cybersecurity personnel to get a complete overview of the situation Our internal network is currently going through a deep forensics review to ensure there is no lingering threat.”

“We are committed to ensuring that all of the drained funds are recovered or reimbursed, and we are continuing conversations with our stakeholders to determine the best course of action,” Larsen added.

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