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NetEase Games' Knives Out battlefield is spreading to PlayStation 4
During the PlayStation LineUp Tour held on September 10th, Sony announced for the first time that Knives Out will be launched on the Sony PlayStation in early 2019.
The LineUp Tour is a major event where Sony announces its most important new games each year. This year, an innovative space journey gave the audience a sneak peek at the epic titles slated for launch in 2019. Knives Out was one of the brilliant new stars that featured in this journey through the cosmos.
According to the promotional video released by Sony, the PlayStation version of Knives Out will retain the battle royale gameplay that is key to the mobile version. Specifically, one hundred players parachute onto the battlefield, where they scavenge for weapons and equipment to eliminate all opponents while avoiding being trapped outside of the shrinking safe zone as they fight to be the last man standing.
Since its release in November 2017, Knives Out has been downloaded by more than 250 million mobile users around the world, making it one of the world's most popular battle royale games.
When the game was launched worldwide, the localized content and versions for Japanese players demonstrated just how much importance the game places on the Japanese market.
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In July this year, Knives Out and Line joined forces to create a new social experience for the game. Thanks to the extensive collaboration with Line, users can now log in to the game with their Line account. This makes it possible to view the game data of Line friends at any time and, with a single tap, share exciting moments from the game or invite Line friends to form a quick team.
In August this year, when the 3rd season of the Japanese animation Attack on Titan started, the in-game collaboration between Knives Out and Attack on Titan made the game the hottest topic in Japan during the summer vacation. The highlight of this collaboration was a game mode based on a main feature of the Attack on Titan franchise: Vertical Maneuvering Equipment. There were also exclusive skins based on popular characters from the animated series: Survey Corps outfits, Titan masks, weapon camos, and more. Knives Out received high praise from players for this pioneering collaboration and the high quality of the content, elevating the game to the top of the Japan bestseller rankings in early August.
During the process of creating a steady stream of high-quality content, Knives Out is always looking for ways to increase the game's local appeal and improve its social aspect in order to bring players together from different platforms and make them more cohesive.
In an earlier report, it was announced that the new expansion of Tokyo Map, would be presented to players at the end of this year. With this and the upcoming cross-platform battle experience with PlayStation, Knives Out players certainly have a lot to look forward to. Knives Out will always strive to bring players ever more interesting and novel experiences, so let's wait and see what comes next.
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