Knockout City developer dodges EA, making it free-to-play

Knockout City – Velan Studios’ digital dodgeball bonanza – is going to undergo some big changes as it moves into its second year. After enjoying a partnership with EA for the past year, the dev has decided to push the publisher out of bounds. As Velan takes charge of the publishing part this spring, the game will also venture into the free-to-play courts.

In a post on EA’s website, Velan Studios explains what’s exactly going to happen. Thanking EA for a year of service, it explains how this shift of power had to occur.

Knockout City is going free-to-play, beginning this spring with Season 6! We’re really excited to bring our game to millions of new players around the world, by removing the price tag entirely.

The other big change happening over the first few seasons of Year 2 is that we (Velan Studios) are going to be self-publishing Knockout City! [...] We couldn’t have introduced Knockout City to the world without the incredible support of EA Originals, but now as we switch to free-to-play, the natural next step is for us to take over publishing responsibilities and work even more closely with our community.

So, what does this mean for all the players that already paid for the game? As a little thank you for your loyalty, those players will receive a special Season 6 Loyalty Bundle. You can expect to find some exclusive legendary cosmetics, XP boosts, and 2,000 Holobux (where applicable).

In the meantime, players will still need their EA account to play Knockout City. But that’ll also change when everything’s done and done. So if you were holding out on Knockout City because of its $20 price tag, hold on tight. You’ll get your chance to dodge financial obligations to EA in a couple of weeks.