Velan Studios revealed that along with Season 6 Knockout City will switch to F2P model. The change goes hand in hand with the studio's resignation from cooperation with the current publisher, Electronic Arts, and will take place this spring - most likely in May (which is also the first anniversary of the game's release). The creators explain the decision by the desire to work "on their own" and get closer to the community gathered around the title.
What about players who paid for the title?
Until the transition to the F2P model Knockout City will be available for purchase for about $20. Players who have bought or will buy the product at full price can rest assured - Velan Studios will compensate for this expense.
"The community will always be our top priority, so we've put together a Season 6 Loyalty Pack - specifically for those who bought the game before its release - that includes legendary cosmetic items, XP bonuses and 2,000 holodolls."
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Devs working solo will affect the content
As you can guess, the separation of Velan Studios from Electronic Arts is no small decision. As it entails certain consequences, the creators have already decided to warn the players of their choice:
- Season 5, which launches on March 1, will be slightly less content-heavy.
- Season 5 will also lack: a new Brawl Pass, players will receive fewer sets and new cosmetic items, and there will be no new map or ball.
- Knockout City players can breathe a sigh of relief, however, because what's missing in season 5 will return with the game's transition to the F2P model. The creators also announce the appearance of new features, which we will learn more about closer to the launch of season 6.
- An important point is that we will still need an EA account to play.
Season 5 - what to expect
Despite the slightly truncated content that Knockout City players will receive as part of the season that begins on March 1, there will still be plenty of action.
- Season 5 will bring back playlists such as Superpowers!, Chain Reaction, and Dodgeball.
- There will also be new character customization options, a spring event with unlockable content, and a new season of league games.
If you are curious about Knockout City, it is worth mentioning that the title by (soon to be independent) Velan Studios is available on PC, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X/S, as well as on Nintendo Switch.
- Velan Studios - official website
- Electronic Arts - official website