5 million players have signed up to play dodgeball in Knockout City

Five million people have signed up to play new dodgeball multiplayer, Knockout City (opens in new tab).

Velan Studios’ family-friendly multiplayer released less than two weeks ago, but already five million people have signed up to play the brawler across Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, PS5 (opens in new tab), Xbox One, Xbox Series X (opens in new tab), and Xbox Series S (opens in new tab).

“Since launch, we’ve seen 5 million new brawlers join us in matches, there’s been amazing – and unexpected – gameplay, hundreds of thousands of Crews were formed, over half a billion KOs landed, millions of hours of gameplay were watched, and – dare we say it? – thousands of friendships were made along the way,”  the studio said on the official EA website (opens in new tab). “Who knew you could bond over hitting one another in the face with a dodgeball?”

“Velan envisions a game full of rival Crews, each developing their own infamous aesthetics and playstyles, and I’d love to be part of something like that,” Connor said in GamesRadar+’s Knockout City review (opens in new tab). “But that will only happen if Knockout City can carve out enough of a niche in a very competitive online space to cultivate its own online community. 

“I don’t know if that will happen right now, but I can say that Knockout City feels unique to play, look at, and listen to. It’s not the first time dodge ball has been recreated in video game form (props to Kunio-kun and the rest of the Super Dodge Ball gang), but it is a unique fusion of arena combat and the original gym class contest of champions. Most importantly, it’s a hell of a lot of fun to play.”

If you missed the Knockout City free 10-day trial (opens in new tab) the first time around, we have good news – it’s back, and this time it’s sticking around (opens in new tab).

Knockout City earned a spot on our in-progress list of the best games of 2021 (opens in new tab) – see what else we’ve loved this year.

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