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Knockout City shut down

Velan Studios announced today that it will shut down Knockout City in just a few months. On June 6, 2023, the servers will be closed and the game will be no longer playable.

Regarding the decision, director Jeremy Russo said it was a “difficult” one to make, “but a necessary and important one for our studio.” An FAQ on the official site further explained that “a lot of our systems supporting long-term player retention are in need of significant changes” which is “virtually impossible to do” as a smaller studio with a limited team size that would also want to introduce new content. “This means stopping development on the Knockout City, and exploring new possibilities in future experiences, whether in Knockout City or a different world,” the FAQ states.

Knockout City free-to-play

Knockout City will soon be going the free-to-play route, Velan Studios announced today. Additionally, the developer intends to take over publishing duties from EA.

Knockout City launched on Switch last year. It has been priced at $19.99, though a Deluxe Edition also goes for $29.99.

Mario Kart Live update 2.0.0

Nintendo and Velan Studios have just started distribution of a new 2.0.0 update for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. This comes a year following the game’s launch.

New features and content have come to the game. As one of the major highlights, players can connect two karts to one Switch system for split-screen multiplayer or play any Grand Prix cup with 2-4 players in the new Relay Race multiplayer mode. Additionally, Luigi Cup has been added with three new tracks: Windmill Meadows, Music Broadway, and King Boo’s Courtyard. Those that come within third place here will be able to unlock the new Poltergust G-00 kart and Spooky Horn.

Here’s a trailer showing the new 2.0.0 update for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit:

Knockout City

Knockout City players on Switch now have access to the game’s latest update. EA and Velan Studios have started distribution of version 1.4.

While the update largely features bug fixes, a new Hero Bonus has been implemented and more. Continue on below for the full patch notes.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit received a surprise 1.1.0 update yesterday. New content was added, including a Mario Cup (featuring Slip Circuit, Barrel Temple, and Fossil Field) and Yoshi kart.

Here’s a look at the new update:

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

A fairly significant update has just gone out for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. Nintendo and Velan Studios are now offering version 1.1.0.

The highlight of today’s update is the addition of a Mario Cup. A couple of new kart designs are included as well.

Below are the full patch notes and screenshots showing off the additions:

Knockout City

Another fairly big update for Knockout City is now live. On Switch, the game has received version 1.3.0.

Today’s update includes fixes, further adjustments, and more. The full patch notes are included below.

Knockout City

Knockout City has received a fairly substantial update across all platforms, including Switch. Version 1.2 is out now.

The update includes tons of fixes, performance improvements, and more. Continue on below for the full patch notes.

Knockout City

EA and Velan Studios have put out an official trailer for the first season of Knockout City. We’ve attached today’s video below.

Knockout City is due out for Switch on May 21.

Knockout City

EA and Velan Studios are giving Knockout City another opportunity to try out the game for free. Starting at launch on May 21, the game can be played for free as part of a special trial. Players can access the full “dodgebrawl” experience, including five multiplayer maps, six special balls, five playlists, and cosmetic styles.

Here’s some additional information:

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