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Knockout City is going free-to-play and splitting from EA Originals

Developer Velan Studios thanked EA for its support, but will soon take over publishing responsibilities.

Chris Kerr

February 25, 2022

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Velan Studios is turning its multiplayer dodgeball battler, Knockout City, into a free-to-play title and breaking away from publisher EA.

Knockout City launched last year under the EA Originals banner, but Velan will be assuming publishing responsibilities moving forward.

The studio said the pivot to in-house publishing will help it "fully realise our vision for the long-term future of this game," and thanked EA for its "incredible support" since the title launched in May 2021.

Velan believes the freemium switch could also attract "millions of new players" and outlined plans to work even more closely with its player community.

As a result of the shake-up, Season 5 of Knockout City will have less content than previous seasons, including fewer bundles and cosmetics. Players will still need an EA Account to play the title for the time being.

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Chris Kerr

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Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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