Axie Infinity delays 'Origin' game launch following Ronin hack

Axie Infinity delays 'Origin' game launch following Ronin hack

Sky Mavis, the developers behind Axie Infinity, is delaying the release of its highly anticipated "Origin" update after hackers stole over $600 million from the underlying Ronin blockchain. 

According to the post on substack, Axie Infinity: Origin is now scheduled to be launched a week later than the original launch. The updated version of the popular play-to-earn game was initially scheduled for launch on Thursday, 31 March. However, due to the hack that happened on 23 March, the update will be released on 7 April instead.

"While the game is ready for a soft launch, we've 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," wrote Sky Mavis on the Substack post.

The post also says, "On Thursday, 7 April – Origin will be available for download via Mavis Hub! We are incredibly excited to get Origin into the hands of our community! Even though we're not able to share it with you today as planned, we're hoping that the onslaught of videos and content we've prepared will help prepare you once it's available next week."

Sky Mavis has promised to compensate gamers who have lost money as a result of the security breach. The attacker exploited hacked private keys to generate withdrawals after discovering a backdoor in a Ronin node. A total of 173,600 ether (ETH) and $25.5 million in USDC were lost. This hack appears to be the biggest in DeFi history.