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The excitement for EA's newest game, Knockout City, is building day by day!

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Knockout City brings Dodgeball action to whole new levels, and players now have the opportunity to play the game for free!

Here's all you need to know about Knockout City on Nintendo Switch.

Latest - 10-day free trial available

The studio has just announced an in-game Block Party, granting a 10-day free trial to all.

From Friday, 21st May at 1pm BST / 8am EST until Sunday, 30th May at 1pm BST / 8am EST, Knockout City will be freely available to all players on all platforms.

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FREE TASTER: Enjoy a 10-day free Knockout City trial before you choose to purchase the full game

It has not yet been made clear if you'll need a PS Plus subscription to join the fun.

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During this Block Party period, not only will you be able to sample the game for free, but there's a whole bunch of stuff happening in and out of the arena.

Livestreams, exclusive gear, community tournaments, and more are scheduled for the game's launch period.

If you enjoy what you play during this free trial, you can go on to purchase the game and your progress will carry over.

Open Beta Weekend

Knockout City is coming off of many early opportunities to play, including an open beta weekend, which gave players a taste of what's to come in the action-packed game.

This won't be the last chance players will get to try Knockout City before its release date.

Knockout City Release Date

Knockout City will arrive on 21 May 2021.

It will be released on Nintendo Switch, Windows PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

Crossplay will be fully supported on the game regardless of what platform you are using.

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Knockout City Switch Trailer

The above trailer arrived during Nintendo Direct on 18 February.

Knockout City Price & Pre-order

Knockout City will cost $19.99 / £19.99, but is not yet available to pre-order from the Nintendo Store.

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Knockout City will also be free to play for its initial launch weekend, allowing you to try before you buy.

It has been revealed that Knockout City will also launch on the Xbox Games Pass Ultimate, and EA Play (PC only).

Beta

Knockout City has been meticulous in its public testing throughout development.

This includes a ton of different chances to try it out, including a Cross-Play Open Beta weekend on 2-4 April 2021.

To sign up for the Beta, head here.

Deluxe Edition

Knockout City will have a Deluxe Edition, which was just revealed by EA on April 26th.

The Deluxe Edition will reportedly cost $29.98 / £29.98, and adds a ton of extras to the game.

Here's all you can get from the Knockout City Deluxe Edition:

  • Epic Outfit: High Fidelity
  • Epic Crew Vehicle: Convertible - Black and Gold
  • 3 Epic Crew Logos: Ninja Strike, Record Scratched, Crazy Eye
  • 3 Epic Crew Banners: High-End, Kintsugi, Strata
  • 1,000 Holobux
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Gameplay

Assemble an epic dodgeball Crew with your friends for multiplayer matches in a seamless cross-play experience

Passing to your teammates will increase the strength of your attack or “Balling Up” enables you to be thrown by one of your teammates.

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TEAM UP - Assemble your crew to dominate Knockout City

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 a huge component of Knockout City - create your brawler and add unique KO Effects, Gliders, Taunts, and Victory and Defeat Poses.

Battle it out against other Crews in dynamic maps all over the Knockout City.

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CATCH ME IF YOU CAN - Perfect your timing and catch an oncoming ball

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.

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WATCH YOUR STEP - The locations can be ad dangerous as your opponents

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!

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