Knockout City is set to be one of the craziest games of the year - but with seamless cross-platform play - it could also be a serious hit.
With epic locations, seasonal content after launch as well as a free-to-play opening weekend - keep a close eye on the EA-Velan Studios collaboration.
Latest - The story behind Knockout City
On the official EA website, we can get more of an idea of the work that went into creating Knockout City.
Four years of development went into the title, with the location of Knockout City allowing the Velan Studios team to "experiment with all-of the-wall mechanics we can imagine".
Knockout City Release Date
Knockout City arrives on Friday, 21 May 2021.
The game will be released on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch.
The reveal trailer for Knockout City arrived on 17 February 2021.
On all platforms, Knockout City will cost $19.99 / £19.99.
Knockout City has been celebrated for the amount of testing that has been made available to the public throughout its development.
The next phase of development includes the Cross-Play Beta weekend on 2-4 April 2021.
This will be available on all platforms with the option of testing out a new playlist, or faces off in 1v1.
Free to Play
Not only that but for its initial day of launch, 21 May - Knockout City will be free to play!
This gives you a great chance to test out the full game before making a purchase.
It will include:
- New Map - BackAlley Brawl
- New Ball - Sniper Ball
- New Styles - Epic Customisations
- New Playlist - 1v1 Face-off
We also wouldn't be surprised if Knockout City follows the likes of Fall Guys, Worms Rumble and Destruction AllStars in being included in June's PS Plus free games, given as it featured so prominently during February's State of Play.
Rule the city through lightning-fast multiplayer matches featuring mind-blowing dodgeball mechanics.
Increase the strength of your attack by passing to power up dodgeballs, targeting your opponents with a variety of specialized balls, or “Balling Up” at any time to get thrown (yes, like a ball) by teammates.
Assemble an All-Star dodgeball Crew with your friends for multiplayer matches in a seamless cross-play experience.
Together, knock out opponents in 3v3, 4v4, or free-for-all matches, and dominate as a team to unlock distinctive, Crew-only rewards.
Customisation is everything in Knockout City - create your brawler, from clothing to body type, and add unique KO Effects, Gliders, Taunts, and Victory and Defeat Poses.
Plus, unlock Crew rewards like vehicles and logos.
Battle it out with other Crews across dynamic maps all over the city.
Dodgeball thrives between skyscraper rooftops, across busy streets—and even at the local construction site.
While you’re dodging dodgeballs, watch out for moving cars, rooftop drops, and even a wrecking ball or two.
It’s easy to pick up and play thanks to familiar controls, but practice is key to becoming a champion.
On a level playing field, only the most skilled ballers stand out from the crowd. Use your knowledge to master the intricacies of the game for spectacular KOs.
Get the job done with a variety of Special Balls, from the zero-gravity Moon Ball to the ticking Bomb Ball and the trapped Cage Ball.
And remember, if there's no ball nearby - just Ball Up and get a teammate to throw you!
Knockout City origins
It's a pretty radical idea, giving dodgeball a new lease of life but the beauty of powerups and crazy locations, so how did Velan actually come up with Knockout City?
Fortunately, the above video reveals all.
Switch game of the year?
Monster Hunter Rise has perhaps been the most significant release on Nintendo Switch so far in 2021 but that could be rivalled by Knockout City.
With full cross-platform support and an arcade feel, it feels like the title was designed with the Switch in mind.