Capcom has posted details for the second round of Street Fighter V beta testing, currently scheduled to run from 22 to 25 October. This time they’re opening access to PC users, trying cross-platform play, and offering six different characters. Lots of things to do in just four days!
Let’s start with the characters. Ken, Necalli, Vega, and R. Mika will all be available right from the start, with Rashid joining on the second day and Karin on the third. These six replace the previous selection of Ryu, Chun-Li, Cammy, Birdie, Nash, and M. Bison.
Ranked Matchmaking will be active, as will Combined Leaderboards and the new Player Search feature – the last one allows us to see what players are doing and view their fighter profile, the better to know the competition.
Remember all that saved up Fight Money being useless? Well this time we’ll get to splurge. Capcom says we’ll be able to unlock titles and “maybe even the Kanzuki Estate stage” that was teased during Tokyo Game Show 2015. Just make it a point to spend, as nothing will be carried over to release.
While it’s great that PC players get to join the fun it does come with a catch: their access only begins on 24 October. That also means no cross-platform play until then. Bummer.
Now, this is still a closed beta so entry has to be earned. PC users have to pre-order the game on Steam (a steep S$80) in exchange for automatic access. For PS4 owners in Asia*, they’ll need an active PlayStation Plus membership to download the Closed Beta Test and then hope for a notification saying they’re selected.
Even if you don’t get in it’s no big loss – beta tests are bound to have problems, and launch date isn’t that far off anyway.
Street Fighter V releases in March 2016 for PC and PS4.
*Supported Asia countries are Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, and South Korea.