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Knockout City dips, dives and dodges its way into 5 million players

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I'm not sure anyone was expecting dodgeball brawl 'em up Knockout City to be a hit. But here we are, 5 million players later, just days after hearing that EA plans to keep the ball rolling with a permanently expanded free trial (opens in new tab)

EA broke the milestone news in a new blog post (opens in new tab), sharing that Knockout City hit the 5 million milestone 2 weeks after release, and a mere 10 days after crossing the 2 million mark (opens in new tab). While not detailing specifics, the post also notes that over half a billion knockouts have been scored, while the game has been streamed for "millions" of hours.

That's not too shabby for a game that looked dangerously close to going the way of Rocket Arena. But between crossplay at launch and a 10-day free trial (opens in new tab), EA seemed set on giving Knockout City the best chance at sticking around. While there was worry that the playerbase could tank when those 10 days were up, EA last week indefinitely extended the game's free trial. Now, you'll be able to play up to Rank 25 before being asked to pay up.

All that in mind, it sounds like Knockout City will be sticking around for some time. Good stuff, too, considering Morgan called the 3v3 dodgebrawler one of this year's best games so far in our Knockout City review (opens in new tab).

"I'm endlessly impressed with how much careful consideration has gone into turning a playground pastime mostly ignored by videogames into a rich competitive romp. There's nothing quite like it, which is why you should really give it a shot for free while you can."

Natalie Clayton
Natalie Clayton

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the first time, and she's not stopped thinking about games since. Joining PC Gamer in 2020, she comes from three years of freelance reporting at Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded in the European indie scene and a part-time game developer herself, Nat is always looking for a new curiosity to scream about—whether it's the next best indie darling, or simply someone modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She also unofficially appears in Apex Legends under the pseudonym Horizon.