Street Fighter 5's Next Online Beta Starts Soon, Open To Everyone

You can try it out on PC or PS4 even if you don't own the game.


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Capcom has announced new details regarding the next beta test for Street Fighter V's revamped Capcom Fighters Network, which begins next week.

The beta runs from May 11-14 on both PC and PS4. You don't need to own Street Fighter V in order to take part--this will be open to everyone on both platforms, with cross-play enabled so that you can square off against players regardless of the system they're playing on. More importantly, the next Season 2 DLC character will be playable, and the latest balance changes have been implemented.

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This is the second beta test for the new CFN, which comes as part of Capcom's effort to overhaul Street Fighter V's online component. The first test came in April and "allowed [Capcom] to make further adjustments to optimize the new CFN," it said recently.

However, when Capcom decided to conduct another beta, it meant delaying the new DLC character and balance updates, which were slated to be released by the end of April. Because they require the new CFN infrastructure, they're being held back until the new version goes live. Capcom hasn't announced how soon all of this may arrive after this next beta.

Capcom did, however, share a list of changes that you can expect to see during the beta. You can check that out below.

Rage Quit Penalty System

Back in December, we implemented an update to the Rage Quit System which displayed a special Player Profile Icon for the worst offenders and the most honorable players. These icons are working correctly now and matchmaking logic now takes into account your online behavior and frequent disconnectors will be matched with similar opponents.

Ranked and Casual Match Loading Times

We understand many players were not happy with the load times when entering online matches. There will now be a shorter transition when going into a Ranked or Casual Match.

Battle Lounge Country Flags

Country flags should now properly load in Battle Lounges, allowing players to locate competition in their region.

Matchmaking Improvements

It should now take less time to find an opponent in online matches. We’ve also added logic which avoids frequently being matched with the same opponent repeatedly.

Fighter Profile Stats

More detailed stats will be tracked and presented on your Fighter Profile.

Country / League Based Rankings

Players will now be able to filter leaderboards based on Country or League.

Friend Management System

In addition to adding a player to your Favorites, you can now add Friends and follow them on CFN. You can now also Blacklist players.

Interactive Timeline

On the CFN home menu, a live feed of your Friends’ activities is presented on an interactive Timeline. Using the Timeline, you can immediately add a recent match to your Replay List, view a Fighter Profile, manage your Friends, and adjust Timeline display settings.

In-Game Announcer Voice

The in-game announcer will give you stats on both you and your opponent using data pulled from the server.

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Avatar image for Wolfkcing

Its got its problems but the core gameplay is great. got over a two thousand hours in. I'm lucky that I get lots of mostly problem free matches. Not the case for everyone, which really sucks. Hope this beta helps capcom narrow down the issues so those people can get online so's we can fite them, see?! yar!

oh. if you are just starting out or attempting to get better, try Super Couch Fighters Road to Evo on youtube! Really fun and informative.

Avatar image for 1nUrF4c3

Besides a few tweaks I still enjoy SFV! I love competing 1v1! I hope they keep on improving the game the way they are doing till now.

Avatar image for louixiii

All of this should've been done DAY 1!!!

Man...I miss the good old days.

You buy a get the WHOLE game...and that's it. What the hell happened people?

Avatar image for legendaryh1tman

@louixiii: I know right. I hate these new Street Fighter Games anyway. My all time favorite is Street Fighter Alpha 3. Now that was a well made Street Fighter.

Avatar image for pork7

Nice graphics, but I am soooooo tired of SF. Got anything else Capcom? A remake of Section Z would be neat.

Avatar image for videogameninja

Despite all the controversy still surrounding this game (thanks to that “unforgettable” launch.) I still commend Capcom for continuously updating, balancing, tweaking, and just all around listening to the feedback from the Street fighter community (for the most part.).

With that said, I still think the way Capcom handled Street Fighter 5’s launch is going to haunt them for quite a while. If they are smart they will learn from their mistakes and move on. What they are doing now is a good sign that maybe they have done just that.