Velan Studios, the studio behind the mixed-reality racer Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, has revealed its next title: Knockout City, a team-based online dodgeball video game. And its introducing soon, as the video game will be launched on May 21st on Origin, Steam, the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, with improvements for the PS5 and Xbox Series X. EA is publishing the game under its EA Originals label.
Knockout Citys take on dodgeball resembles what you most likely played in fitness center class. You and your team are trying to strike your opponents with balls while concurrently avoiding and capturing the balls thrown at you. In addition to straight-on throws, you can curve your shots, lob balls over challenges, and even fake throws to try to capture your opponent off-balance.
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But theres a fair bit that you probably didnt have to deal with when you played dodgeball as a kid. There are balls with special powers, like a bomb ball that will blow up (hopefully not in your hands). You can also turn yourself into a ball, and your teammates can pass you around, chuck you at opponents, or even utilize your balled-up kind for a special attack.
Youll instantly lock onto neighboring challengers, implying that you will not have to worry as much about intending as you would in other team-based games. Rather, Knockout City appears to be more about strategically timing your tosses or coordinating with your colleagues to get an excellent angle on someone.
The video game also has a slick street-inspired design thats helped by the huge range of in-game cosmetics offered. You can unlock brand-new cosmetics through finishing particular tasks or by purchasing them with Holobux, Knockout Citys in-game currency. And from what I could tell, the video game seems to have an excellent soundtrack. During a sneak peek event, I heard a jazzy big-band tune that would feel right in the house in an Incredibles movie.
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Knockout Citys approachable-looking take on dodgeball and its distinct design all advised me a lot of Splatoon, which put a Nintendo spin on the team-based shooter genre with excellent results. I havent had the ability to attempt Knockout City myself yet, but Im looking forward to giving it a shot.
The game will cost $19.99, and that flat fee will provide you access to all of the video games nine-week seasons. Velan Studios prepares to use a free trial of the full video game when it releases, but it hasnt announced for how long that trial will last. There will likewise be a closed beta on PC on February 20th and 21st.
The game will also have crossplay and cross-progression between platforms, but youll have to purchase Knockout City for each platform on which you wish to play it. That may be a hard pill to swallow if youre utilized to playing video games like Fortnite or Rocket League on whatever device you happen to be utilizing at the time without having to buy the video game outright.
The game also has a slick street-inspired style thats helped by the substantial range of in-game cosmetics readily available. And from what I could inform, the video game seems to have an excellent soundtrack. The game will cost $19.99, and that flat cost will offer you access to all of the video games nine-week seasons. Velan Studios plans to use a totally free trial of the full video game when it launches, however it hasnt revealed how long that trial will last.