Knockout City is going free to play and coinciding with this big change is developer Velan Studio leaving the EA Originals program and going fully independent. This transition will happen sometime in “Spring,” which in non-Western terms is basically sometime before, around or after May.
The announcement came on the heels of Season 5, which starts today. Season 5: Greatest Hits is a celebration of the best of Knockout City’s first year and brings back previous content that the players loved. This includes Superpowers, Chain Reaction, Basketbrawl and more.
But the biggest news is that it’ll go free to play when Season 6 starts as a big kick off point for Knockout City’s Year 2. Velan Studios wrote in what may be one of their last blog posts on the official EA site for the game, “[We’re] kicking off Year 2 of Knockout City, and it comes with one huge headline to mix things up: Knockout City is going free-to-play, beginning this spring with Season 6!”
“We’re really excited to bring our game to millions of new players around the world, by removing the price tag entirely,” the post continues. As for players who purchased the game before Season 6, they won’t be left out. Their support will be rewarded with an in-game bundle that includes exclusive cosmetics, XP boosts and 2000 Holobux (the in-game currency for Knockout City).
Velan Studios says players should expect less content in Season 5 than in previous seasons. You can expect fewer bundles and cosmetics and no new balls or maps while they make the transition to free-to-play. This shift in content will be temporary however, since their plans for the next season will include a better Brawl Pass, more cosmetics, new balls, new maps and plenty of new features. They’ve even hinted on a new Special Ball for Season 6, but details will be revealed about it as Season 6 approaches.
Knockout City was originally published by Electronic Arts under the EA Originals label. With Season 6 Velan Studios begins self-publishing their game and realizing their vision for the long term future of Knockout City.
“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.”
Knockout City can be picked up from the Microsoft Store for PC and Xbox consoles. The game offers crossplay multiplayer across all other platforms. A free trial allows you to start playing, allowing you to reach Rank 25 before a purchase becomes necessary to continue. Otherwise, it is fully playable on Xbox Game Pass.