Jeremy Russo, game director of Knockout City, released a statement yesterday announcing Knockout City will be coming to an end. Season 9 will be the final season for the free-to-play dodgeball game from Velan Studios, with the servers officially shutting down on June 6, 2023.
Despite the bad news, the studio has a few things lined up for Season 9 to send players off with something to remember. Season 9, which coincides with update 9.0, is a 12-week season with six events and lots of creative cosmetics.
“There will be a whole new map to accompany an entirely season-themed Brawl Pass and Deep Space Dispatch storyline!”
Real-money transactions will be removed from the game starting on February 28 with the launch of the new season, which means there will be no more Holobux or Bundles up for sale. To compensate for the lack of RMT, Season 9 will be jam-packed with rewards and thousands of Holobux.
“Every event also features a massive sale shop with huge discounts, and almost every cosmetic we’ve ever sold will make its way into one of these sale shops. The rewards for League Play, Daily Login Bonuses, and the Brawl Pass have also been drastically increased, and the price of the Premium Brawl Pass will be reduced to just 50 Holobux (which you can easily earn in the Free Pass)!”
May 23 marks the final two-week stretch and the final farewell event for Knockout City, called Thanks for the KOs. The in-game celebration features triple XP, huge rewards, and the return of Superpowers: Power Grab. During the event, Knockout City is also doing big giveaways and holding a final tournament for the competitive players.
Lastly, Knockout City will release a standalone player-hosted game version for PC. That means fans can continue playing with friends on their own hosted servers. More details about the standalone version will be announced at a later date.