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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' (ALL) Will Be Free To Play Through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate & EA Play At Launch

by Rainier on April 26, 2021 @ 10:46 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.

There’s just one month to go before Knockout City slams onto the gaming scene. And judging by the one million downloads during the recent cross play beta, this dodgebrawling game is sure to make an impact. The best part? It will be available to play at launch on May 21 for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and EA Play members!

What is EA Play? It’s a great way to get more from the games you love. Members can access exclusive in-game challenges and rewards, unlock special member-only content, play early trials of brand-new titles, and get instant access to a collection of our best-loved series and top titles. Plus, members also save on EA digital purchases, with a 10% member discount. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members get EA Play at no additional cost!   

What’s Included?

There are a few special events planned in the first few weeks of the game, so start planning your crews now. As a member, you’ll be able to play the full game, with all the playlists, special balls, and maps! 

In this town, dodgebrawling is life. From the darkest alleys to the highest skyscrapers, brawlers clash with rival crews to attain dodgeball dominance. It’s all about skill, style, teamwork, and, well, balls. Obviously. 

Crew Up or Shut Up

No one makes it alone in Knockout City, so grab some friends and buddy up. With your crew at your back, you’re a much bigger threat. Coordinate and work together to charge up your passes for faster throws or give an opponent the ol’ one-two hit. 

Location, Location, Location

On day one, you’ll have your run of the town. Battle it out all over the city — from Rooftop Rumble to the Concussion Yard. Need a ride? Hit up Knockout Roundabout. For a quick getaway, Back Alley Brawl’s pneumatic tubes are second to none. Wherever you choose to throw down, throw true, brawler.

Choose Your Weapon

It just wouldn’t be a dodgebrawl without dodgeballs. You’ve got your pick of the lot. Keep it classic with the Standard Ball or blow them away with the Bomb Ball. Trap rivals in a Cage Ball to throw them off the edge of the map — or just lock-on from across the map with the Sniper Ball. Maybe you’ll pick up the most dangerous weapon of the cross play beta: the Moon Ball. Knock ‘em sky-high for an easy pick-off or use the Moon Ball to defy gravity when you need a lift. And if you run out of balls, you’ve still got one more option: become the ball yourself. 

A Playlist for Every Mood

Constantly changing playlists keep it interesting in KO City. Roll solo in a Face-Off match or outsmart your opponents with your crew at your back in 3v3 Team KO, 3v3 Diamond Dash, or 4v4 Ball-Up Brawl. Fancy a free-for-all? KO Chaos is waiting just for you. Got beef? Settle it in a private match in any playlist.

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.

Knockout City will also support cross-play and cross-progression across all systems.

Knockout City is coming to PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Origin and Steam), as well as PS5 and Xbox Series X|S through backwards compatibility with graphical and performance enhancements on May 21, 2021 for $19.99.

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