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Knockout City goes free-to-play without EA


Update: Knockout City is now in the hands of Velan Studios and in a free-to-play model.

Back in February, Velan announced plans to decouple the title from EA; that time is today. Enjoy!

Original story [25 February 2022]: Knockout City, a competitive dodgeball game by Velan Studios, will go free-to-play later this year. At the very same time, Velan Studios will take over publishing duties from current partner EA.

“We… are going to be self-publishing Knockout City,” the developer said in a statement.

“From the day we founded our studio, we’ve worked to deliver revolutionary new game experiences to you, our amazing community of players. We couldn’t have introduced Knockout City to the world without the incredible support of EA Originals, but now as we switch to free-to-play, the natural next step is for us to take over publishing responsibilities and work even more closely with our community. We have exciting plans for Knockout City, and bringing publishing in-house will allow us to fully realize our vision for the long-term future of this game. There’s so much to look forward to, because this is just the beginning.”

Those who’ve purchased the title in the past will receive a Loyalty Bundle with legendary cosmetics, XP boosts and 2,000 Holobux (where applicable).

A specific date that the title will go free-to-play was not named.

Knockout City is currently available on Windows PC via Origin and Steam, Xbox One, Xbox Series S & X, PS4, PS5 and Switch. Cross-play and cross-progression are on offer between all platforms. We previewed it here.

Knockout City

21 May 2021
PC PS4 Switch Xbox One

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