Knockout City now free-to-play up to Street Rank 25 for new players

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Knockout City’s Block Party has ended, that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. EA and Velan Studios are extending its free-to-play offering to those who are new to the game.

If you haven’t yet played Knockout City, you can now jump into the action-packed dodgeball fray and enjoy the game for free all the way up to Street Rank 25. At that point, you’ll then be asked to pay for the game.

In addition to launching on EA Play and Xbox Game Pass, Knockout City was also previously free for anyone who played during the Block Party. As I previously mentioned, this was a brilliant way to increase the number of players at launch and ensure matches could be found quickly. As a multiplayer-only game, it’s imperative that Knockout City maintains an active audience, something a lot of smaller arena games like this struggle to do.

EA hasn’t shared what sales or active player figures for Knockout City look like, but it definitely seems like the game has caught on in popularity. Reviews for Knockout City have been mostly positive as the game sits at a 80 Metascore on Metacritic. Whether or not this translates to actual sales is the question.

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If not, offering the game free to anyone who hasn’t played it is a smart way to entice new players. These new players will have access to the full game with no limitations up to level 25. That’s a very generous trial period and should give players a good look at what Knockout City is all about — which, on the surface, is dodgeball. But it’s so much more than that when you dive into the mechanics. And, of course, always remember the five D’s of dodgeball: Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge.

Knockout City is available on PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Switch with cross-play supported. Once your free trial ends, you can either continue enjoying the game through Xbox Game Pass or EA Play or buy it for $19.99.