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Knockout City

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Velan Studios
Release Date: May 21, 2021

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'Knockout City' Comes To PS5 And Xbox Series X|S Next Week, Free Upgrade For Last-Gen Consoles

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2021 @ 10:44 a.m. PDT

Knockout City is an action-packed team-based multiplayer game that brings skill, depth and style to the game of dodgeball, and transforms it into dodgeBRAWL.

In Knockout City, intense battles are a way of life and players will need to master the art of throwing, catching, passing and dodging in a joyful, yet highly competitive experience that will smack them in the face with surprises.

Whether it's 3v3, 4v4 or free-for-all quick matches in Street Play, competitively ranked games in League Play or a hosted experience in a Private Match, the fight to take down rival Crews takes many forms. In Knockout City, players start every match on a level playing field and need to rely on skill to dominate the competition. A solid Crew is also the difference between dishing out punishment and taking it. The game is easy to pick up and play, but practice is key to mastering positioning, timing and teamwork for dodgeBRAWL dominance.

And of course once players master the moves, they’ll want to be seen with their own unique look. Knockout City's robust customization options – from appearance, gear, attitude, body type and hairstyle to a custom glider, KO effects and taunts – will have players brawling in style. It’s not just about the player but also their Crew, and with up to 32 friends across platforms, players can customize their Crew name, logo, banner and even pick a custom Crew vehicle to ride into battle.

At launch, Knockout City will deliver a full multiplayer package with five multiplayer maps, one interactive environment where players and their Crew can practice, six ball types, full character customization, cross-play, cross-progression, Street Play with five starting playlists, League Play, Private Match, and the complete Street Rank Progression with hundreds of cosmetic items. Beyond this huge value at launch, Knockout City will also bring a ton of new content through seasons at no additional charge, where each season can include new maps, modes, balls, limited time events and more.

Velan Studios and EA Originals have revealed that starting November 2, 2021 (previously only available through backward compatibility), Knockout City will be challenging players to brawl on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 at a smooth 120 FPS.

The newest console update is a free upgrade for all current owners, providing the option to brawl in crisp 4K definition at 60 FPS.

Brawlers can also select between Performance or Quality mode in the settings menu; the options per platform are as follows: 

  • PlayStation 5: Native 4K at 60FPS or 1440p (upscaled to 4K) at 120FPS
  • Xbox Series X: Native 4K at 60FPS or 1620p (upscaled to 4K) at 120FPS
  • Xbox Series S: 1440p at 60FPS, or 1080p at 120FPS

The team at Velan has enhanced the lighting with additional power from next gen consoles, including new area lights, ball lights, particle lights, improved global illumination and local light shadows, giving the environment more reactions to the way light illuminates paths or casts shadows.

This upgrade also delivers higher fidelity textures, which were previously only available on PC and Xbox One versions. These create a more realistic environment, with “touchable” surfaces that dodgebrawlers can almost feel as they sprint past every opponent! 

If a player already owns Knockout City on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, upgrading to this new version won’t cost a dime -- they can download the game from the app store and jump right back into brawlin’ without missing a beat! Additionally, if the game was originally purchased through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or PlayStation Plus, the player is eligible for this free upgrade. 

When the game launches, players will also have access to a free trial for a limited time across PC via Origin and Steam, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, during which time the full game will be playable.

Players who choose to purchase the full game during the free trial will be able to transfer all their progress, plus receive additional cosmetic rewards, as they continue to brawl in Knockout City. For those who purchase after the free trial, they’ll still be able to transfer all their progress over.

With cross-play and cross-progression, up to 32 friends can team up across platforms to form Crews, and even switch between platforms with progress intact, to take down rival Crews in the name of dodgeball dominance.

Knockout City is available for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Origin and Steam), as well as PS5 and Xbox Series X|S through forward compatibility with graphical and performance enhancements for $19.99.


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