So you pre-ordered Street Fighter V and you did so for the express purpose of getting in on the mid-summer beta that Capcom is holding for the game and maybe playing with a few of your friends. Well, it turns out that not only is the beta delayed, but even before it was delayed you couldn't invite friends.
GameSpot detailed how the beta was restricted insofar that those who pre-ordered Street Fighter V for the PS4 to play-test the game a year before its official launch are not able to send friend invites or choose who they go against online. Instead, the game will randomly choose opponents for beta participants, and this can range from anywhere around the world. If you were hoping to go one-on-one with a friend who also pre-ordered the game, there's no way to do so.
The beta is also restricted to the training room stage and only a handful of characters would be made available to play, including Ryu, Chun-Li, M. Bison and Charlie. Cammy and Birdie were supposed to be made available a few days after the beta got underway on July 23rd.
However, if you were lucky enough to get in on the beta you may have managed to get in some play-time with Street Fighter V before the servers went kaput.
Twinfinite caught word from the Capcom maintenance staff who issued the following apology and notice regarding the servers being pulled in light of the server overload, stating...
We apologise for the ongoing issues that users have been experiencing with the SFV beta test. In order to allow us to fix the issues as quickly as possible, we are going to initiate a period of extended maintenance, during which time the beta will be unavailable to all users.
They mention that the beta will be down until they can sort out the server issues. Street Fighter V producer Yoshinori Ono took to Twitter to apologize to fans that the beta is not working right for anyone due to the servers being vastly overloaded.
This has been a common occurrence for many highly anticipated games that rely solely on online services for their functionality.
In fact, many gamers were curious about whether or not they could play the Street Fighter V beta offline with a CPU partner or locally with a friend. However, Capcom confirmed that the game's pre-release beta would not support offline play and you could not play locally with friends. That's the perfect way to kill a lot of buzz for a beta.
Now, people who pre-ordered the game are finding out that the main reason why they pre-ordered the game is now off limits to them due to some network infrastructure problems. That's the all-digital future for you.
While this news seems terrible and will likely cause a lot fans to become salty at the idea of missing out on the scheduled beta, Capcom will announce new beta dates for the game and give gamers an opportunity to dive back into the 3D fighting game experience ahead of its launch next year for PC and PS4. The only question now is: will the servers be able to withstand the next onslaught of gamers looking to play-test Street Fighter V?