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Sky Mavis announced one of its most anticipated news early in January: the official launch of Axie Homeland. Are you still unsure about what Homeland has to offer and what the pros and cons are in terms of supply? We will provide several pieces of information in this post to help you understand this promising game. Continue reading for more information and helpful hints!
A long-awaited topic
Axie Homeland was launched this January after a long wait period, and it has to be one of the most anticipated pieces of news in the Axie community in recent years. After completing the first stage, Season 1 had just begun, kicking off the second phase of the long-term project roadmap. Although it is still an alpha build, it looks and plays better than expected, and players can now compete for AXS rewards on the leaderboards.
The first versions are still only available to players who owned land. Non-landowners will have to wait a little longer to try out this new game mode.
A summary of Axie Homeland features
The overall goal is to turn Homeland into an open-world game that spans Lunacia, similar to the popular Clash of Clans game. The main idea is to manage a settlement as efficiently as possible to provide adventurers with the necessary equipment and supplies to defeat waves of monsters. Players can begin by establishing their village and using their Axies to gather resources and construct their Homeland. The more successful the landowner is at constructing their settlement and winning battles, the greater the reward. All of the resources produced on the land can be used to play the Passive Adventure mode and trade with other landholders.
The game begins with only two basic Axies, and as you progress, you can acquire more Axies for your workforce. The more Axies you have, the faster you can build your settlement. Therefore, players should prioritize having more Axies because they will need them to complete all of the tasks during gameplay. During Alpha Season 0, players could only use basic Axies, but now you can use the Axies you own in Homeland as well.
Players can receive AXS rewards from Passive Adventure and Land Development modes. They can:
Collect raw materials from the environment;
Build the infrastructure needed to craft equipment and process materials, raw materials, and equipment;
Exchange in-game currency with adventurers and other landowners;
Decorate their lands with NFT cosmetics;
Send adventurers into battle;
Explore the world of Lunacia as more landowners turn their empty lands into new settlements.
Even though it is still limited to landowners, player feedback has been positive. The game appears to be fun overall, and a good game to play while taking a break from Origins during the off-season period.
Homeland is a game for those who enjoy thinking strategically, as there are several future opportunities for land improvement. Despite the uncertainties surrounding the game's future, the initial signs from both players and landowners are quite encouraging. Let's look at some of the reasons why you should consider it!
1) Land Staking
Since the game's inception, land plots have been intended to provide a platform for the creation of new experiences and rewards. This initiative allows landowners to stake their land and earn AXS rewards. Sky Mavis uses staking to reward community members for having a long-term mindset and locking up their AXS tokens. Staking allows AXS owners to earn AXS rewards when locking up tokens through the staking dashboard. Staking AXS will grant them voting privileges and authority over the use of the Community Treasure in the future.
2) Game access x AXS rewards
More players are expected to become interested in playing once AXS rewards are added to the in-game reward system, but they will only have access through landowners that offer them to play. Opportunities to play for free are not expected until 2026. Also, for the next phase, it is expected that more in-game NFTs and land tokens will be launched, increasing the attractiveness of the game.
3) Supply availability
The maximum land supply is 90.6K slots which are not yet delivered. The current circulating supply is around 16.8K equal to 18% of the total market. It’s expected that land values will increase as the game implementation evolves, newcomers start to migrate, and land availability decreases.
4) Players’ commitment to play
Even with a lower number of current players, Homeland is a game that requires a significant amount of time spent playing per day to achieve a competitive position on the leaderboard. The top 200 Alpha Season 0 players spent an average of 280 hours playing the game over 34 days, according to the Official Leaderboards - Homeland - Season 0 analytics. So, if you decide to share your land with a player to play, expect a dedicated player, as tasks take time to complete.
5) Open-World ecosystem
Open-world games allow us to fly, drive, and sail through beautiful, borderless environments which have proven to be an attractive game style. Elden Ring, Red Dead Redemption, The Legend of Zelda, The Witcher, and other top (Web2) games with this style have been wildly successful. Of all the Axie vertical gaming and partner projects this tends to be the most familiar and easy to get approved from players’ perspective.
Overall, the official Homeland launch occurred a little over a month ago, and several stages are remaining before it becomes a mainstream possibility. This raises several concerns about game adoption, especially since game access is now available to fewer players. The market value of land is another barrier to fast expansion, and it may take a full implementation plan before it is possible to onboard a significant number of players.
1) Land value in the marketplace
The current floor NFT price for Savanah is around $1.5K, $2.6K for Forest, $5.7K for Artic, and $13.7K for Mystic. The floor price has been rising since the fourth quarter of 2022, it was around 65% lower but still $900, which is a barrier for the majority of players.
2) Axie DAU
Axie currently has around 10-15K daily active users. The first expectation for Homeland is that it will attract Origin players and NFT owners to begin testing the game, which will be challenging in a smaller community environment.
3) Long-term project
Axie Homeland was announced three years ago and has had several ups and downs in the project's reliability since then. Those who prefer short-term goals will be put off by the time it took to be officially launched, and the likelihood of another three years before it is fully implemented.
4) Passive Adventure mode
From a player's perspective, this is a boring feature even though it is a very important gaming mechanism. Passive Adventures are one of the primary ways to obtain Gold and AXS rewards, as well as the final destination for several crafting required to place adventures in battles. Nowadays, this is a gaming feature that operates autonomously, with the player having little influence over battling skills. It is expected to change by the end of the project implementation.
5) Mobile Accessibility
One of the biggest reasons for Axie Infinity's quick adoption 2 years ago was the mobile gaming feature. Today Homeland is available for PC and Mac users but based on the implementation plan, full mobile accessibility will be launched by the end of the process in 2026.
Even though there are opportunities and challenges for Axie Homeland, we believe you have several reasons to think about it from now by keeping track of all the updates, especially on the upcoming calendar confirmation.
We will continue to share all the relevant news in future articles, so stay tuned!
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The gaming experience looks and plays better than expected;
Player's feedback has been positive overall;
Players can now compete for AXS rewards on the leaderboards;
The first versions of the game are still only available to players who owned land;
Game implementation will work in phases until 2026; we are currently in phase 2;
Idle Axie NFTs can now be used in the game;
The floor price of land is a barrier to quick expansion;
Homeland tends to attract Origin players and NFT owners, which will be challenging in a smaller community;
It is a long-term project which will push away those who are more short-term oriented;
Mobile accessibility will be available by 2026;
Land staking will grant voting privileges and authority over the use of the Community Treasure in the future;
More players are expected to become interested in playing once AXS rewards are added to the in-game reward system;
There is high supply availability at the moment;
Homeland players tend to be highly committed as tasks take a long time to complete;
The open-world gaming environment is a trigging aspect of the game's success.