Knockout City goes free as Electronic Arts drops publishing

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Knockout City will play for free while Electronic Arts is dropping the game as a publisher, developer Velan Studios announced today.

The game’s upcoming content season 6 will launch in the spring, a reveal confirmed alongside the news that Knockout City will play for free and will be self-published by Velan at the same time.

Knockout City is available for Windows PC (via Origin and Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One – however, the studio noted that single-player is the “natural next step” for them to realize the long-term future of gaming.

“We have a lot of behind-the-scenes work to do to prepare for free-to-play, and our team is working on deck,” the studio said. “As a result, Season 5 will have slightly less content than some of our previous seasons. There will be no new Brawl Passes for Season 5, we will have fewer packs and new cosmetics for the season, and there will be no new card or new ball.

They added, “However, this content change is only temporary, and we will have a new Brawl Pass, more cosmetics, and many new features coming in Season 6, with more new maps and balls coming in future seasons (preview: There will be a new special ball coming in Season 6, but you’ll have to wait until we’re closer for more details!). For now, you’ll still need an EA Account to play, and your data will be handled in accordance with EA’s Privacy and Cookies Policy.

Just before that, Season 5 of The Game: Greatest Hits kicks off on March 1 and will include a celebration of the best that Year One has offered, like Superpowers, Basketbrawl, and more.

Here is a new trailer for the content:

Here’s an overview of the base game:

Team up and battle rival crews in Knockout City, where you’ll settle the score with EPIC DODGEBALL BATTLES. Get ready for wild fun and intense competition in an all-new take on team-based multiplayer games.

Customize your character and form a crew with friends to begin your takeover of Knockout City. Eliminate your opponents with trick shots and coordinated teamwork while dodging and catching bullets flying around the map. No ball? No problem! You can literally roll into the hands of a teammate and become the ultimate weapon!

A variety of extravagant ball types, locations and game modes make it exciting. Plus, each season introduces new maps, ball types, rewards, events, and challenges! Throw, catch, pass, dodge and attack your way to dodgeball dominance!

MAIN CHARACTERISTICS

  • Frantic and fun – Dominate the city through lightning-fast multiplayer matches with stunning dodgeball mechanics. Increase your attack by passing to power dodgeballs, targeting your opponents with a variety of specialized balls, or “balling” at any time to get thrown by your teammates!
  • Crew — Assemble an All-Star dodgeball crew with your friends for multiplayer matches in a seamless cross-play experience! Together, eliminate your opponents in 3v3, 4v4 or free-for-all matches. Pass, throw, and strategize as a team to dominate and unlock exclusive crew-only rewards!
  • Define your style — Show off your status and unique look through character and crew designs with extensive character creation options. Customize your appearance, gear, and attitude, from body type and hairstyle to a custom glider and crew vehicle to win, lose, and cause animations.
  • Take on Knockout City – Compete against other crews on dynamic maps throughout the city. The special characteristics of each map make each match an intense and unexpected experience. Dodgeball thrives in back streets with pneumatic tubes, on skyscraper rooftops, on busy streets, and even at local restaurant and construction sites. As you dodge dodgeballs, watch out for moving cars, falling rooftops, and even a wrecking ball or two.
  • Surprisingly fresh yet familiar — It’s easy to pick up and play with familiar controls, but practice is the key to becoming a champion. On an even playing field, only the most skilled ballers stand out from the crowd. Use your knowledge to master the intricacies of the game for spectacular knockouts.
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