Knockout City's Closure Is Part Of A "Painful Truth" Of The Games Industry, Studio Says

GameSpot caught up with Velan Studios to discuss the life and death of its taken-too-soon dodgeball game, and tried to figure out why modest success is often not enough in the live-service market.

Read Full Story >>
Knushwood Butt112d ago

Was this on PS+ at launch?
Never download it.
Have almost no interest in competitive online multiplayer games these days unless they are made by Naughty Dog.

purple101112d ago

It was on ps+ a few months back not at launch I believe. That was probably the last ditch to get a larger player base,. Obvs didn't happen. I would have liked to have played it but have too much of a backlog shame as it looks good but noe servers will be taken down it's too late prehaps

AnotherGamer111d ago

....why Naughty Dog specifically of all studios?

Dandalandan117111d ago

I mostly play single player games so I rarely try online multiplayer games especially since I find most of them similar.
This game is one of those rare online games that I gave a shot. Although I didn't spend a ton of time with it, I did have a couple of memorable and fun moments together with my son. Close fights, last minute passes, and exciting turn arounds made it a lot of fun to play. So it's kinda sad to hear that they're pulling the plug on this one.

Mr_Writer85111d ago

The problem with live services is there isn't an infinite amount of gamers or even gamers with an infinite amount of free time.

It's really a very small market and sure you get the occasional surprise hit (Rocket League, Fall Guy) but alot of the time these games aren't interesting enough.

My biggest bug bare with online multiplayer in general is the whole "progression system" in games like COD and Battlefield.

I haven't got time to be unlocking all the best gear, and it's almost impossible to play and have fun as those who do have the time, get the best weapons.

One of the reasons I like Overwatch is that if you're good at the game and with other good players, you're likely going to win.

Where as less skilled players end up with less skilled players. I'm not very good at Overwatch, but I am 9/10 playing with people who are similar.

Majors111d ago

Exactly this !! Cod and BF are a prime example - the more you play the better weapons you get that kill a whole lot quicker, a person who plays a few hours a week gets destroyed game after game gets fed up and quits.