knockout city will end later this year. For as much baloney as EA has rightly gotten over the past decade, the publisher has been quietly reshaping its reputation in key areas. At the beginning of the last generation, the publisher did its best to lean much more into online games, thinking that single-player games would go the way of the dodo. Once that turned out not to be the case, EA went back to investing in more single-player games and also expanded into new IP, both story-driven and online-focused. One of those great new IPs was knockout citya PVP dodgeball game that was both incredibly unique and super fun.
However, all good things come to an end. After only two years on the market, knockout city will be discontinued later this year. Developer Velan Studios took over publishing responsibilities from EA in 2022 and has made the decision to discontinue the game on June 6, 2023, with the game’s ninth season being its last. The PC version will get privately hosted servers to give fans a chance to keep things running, but the game will become completely unplayable for consoles on June 6. Velan hopes to use what it learned from this game to create a new game in the knockout city universe, even if it is not 100% committed to it. However, it is committed to making more innovative games in general in the future. The ninth season of the game will feature huge events, bonuses, and a big farewell event to the game starting May 23. On February 28, all microtransactions and paid content will also be completely removed from the game.
As of now, it remains to be seen what will come of Velan Studios. Or we get Knockout city 2 or some other kind of successor seems up in the air, but the studio clearly has a lot of passion for the IP and wants to see it live on. Hopefully we’ll find out more in the years to come as it gains some distance from its current game.
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