Knockout City is an action video game developed by Velan Studios and published by Electronic Arts under the EA Originals label. Released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Knockout City is currently being developed by Velan Studios, which had previously worked on Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit made in 2020. The team, which has about 85 employees, spent four years developing the game. The game was designed to be accessible for both newcomers, while complex enough for competitive players. Velan Studios built an engine named Viper to power the game and created a programming script named V-script, which aimed at countering network latency.
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The game will feature five maps and six modes at launch. All the maps are set in a futuristic metropolis named Knockout City, and each map also features various environmental hazards which can knock a player out. The modes announced include Team KO, which is a variant of team deathmatch, Diamond Dash, in which players must collect diamonds dropped by defeated enemies, and Ball-Up, a four-versus-four mode in which the player must throw their teammates to eliminate enemies. The player can also form a Crew of maximum 32 players. Knockout City is a team-based competitive multiplayer video game whose gameplay rules resemble dodgeball.
Customize your character and form a Crew with friends to start your Knockout City takeover. Knock out opponents with trick shots and coordinated teamwork while dodging and catching balls flying across the map. No ball? No problem! You can literally ball up, roll into a teammate’s hands, and become the ultimate weapon. Team up and duke it out with rival Crews in Knockout City**, where you settle the score with epic dodgeball battles. Brace yourself for outrageous fun and intense competition in an all-new take on team-based multiplayer games. Plus, each season introduces new maps, ball types, rewards, events and challenges.
The player’s goal is to attack enemies from the opposing team by knocking them out with a ball. There are several types of balls in the game, including the Moon Ball, which allows the player holding the ball to jump higher, and the Bomb Ball, which is a time bomb that explodes on impact. A player can also throw another player as a ball. Players can either quickly throw the ball or charge up the ball for Ultimate Throw, which takes more time but it locks onto nearby enemies automatically and results in an more effective attack. A successful throw depends not on the accuracy or the precision of the throw, but on the player’s positioning and strategy.