Knockout City’s Season 4 will be ending in just four days. This will, of course, be succeeded by Season 5 on March 1, but Velan Studios decided to mark the reveal of the upcoming season with more news on the future of the game. Knockout City will be going free-to-play at the start of Season 6. At the same time, the studio will begin moving towards self-publishing the game, which will no longer fall under the EA Originals umbrella.
When will Knockout City be going free-to-play?
Knockout City will be going free-to-play at the start of Season 6. Season 5 will begin on March 1 and will run for 12 weeks, meaning Season 6 is currently scheduled to begin at the end of May, therefore the game should go free-to-play at the same time. For now, the free-to-play start date is only confirmed as spring 2022 after the game enters its second year. Players who have already purchased the game will receive a Season 6 Loyalty Bundle to thank them for their support. This will include exclusive legendary cosmetics, XP boosts, and 2,000 Holobux. There’s no word on whether this bundle will extend to players who grabbed the game through PlayStation Plus.
Throughout the first few seasons of Year 2, Velan Studios will also be transferring to self-publishing their game so they can “work even more closely with our community”. This means the team has a “bunch” of behind-the-scenes setup to do ready for the change and Season 5 will have less content as a result. There won’t be a Brawl Pass, new map or new ball. There’ll also be fewer bundles and cosmetics. However, things will return to normal at the start of Season 6, which is already confirmed to have a new Special Ball.
For now, Season 5 will be known as the Greatest Hits season. The team will bring back five beloved Playlists and a mid-season event that will be “a twist on an old classic”. Many of the previous cosmetics, Ultimate Holograms, Intro Poses and MVP Poses will return to the game again to give players a second chance to grab them, but there will be new unique items too. You can find out more information about Season 5: Greatest Hits on EA’s website.
In other news, Babylon’s Fall Season One will begin with the PS5 and PS4 demo tomorrow, February 25. As an introductory offer, all players will be able to grab the Premium The Eternal Ziggurat Battle Pass for free. Elsewhere, cyberpunk RPG The Ascent will arrive on PS5 and PS4 in March.