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Unfortunately, following a spell of poor server performance and stability issues, Capcom has announced that it is officially postponing its beta testing phase for Street Fighter V until further notice. That's pretty frustrating if you hadn't gotten into the beta yet of course, but just think about if you had gotten in and had to stop because of all the problems with the servers. Somehow, that seems to make it all worse.
Over on Capcom Unity, Capcom Associate Producer Peter Rosas made a blog post explaining that this beta isn't really a "true" test for the game, and that Capcom is planning on holding three additional tests for the game:
"Capcom offers its sincerest apologies to everyone who participated in this first beta test. While the purpose of a beta is to work out these type of issues, it was very clear that the issues we faced were more severe than we were prepared for."
Seemingly as a show of good will for those who missed out, anyone who preordered the game and received beta access will be included in the next test, as well as some kind of incentive for throwing their hats into the ring, and subsequently being forced out, as it were. Yours truly was interested in being involved as well, but I hadn't been able to give it a spin thus far.
"We understand how frustrating it is to be so close to playing the game you are excited for, and to not have it working," said Rosas. "The whole team here is very disappointed that we were unable to deliver a proper beta experience this time. Thank you so much for your continued support, and we promise that we will have a better experience for you with the future betas."
The beta kicked off on July 23, but almost immediately after it launched it succumbed to server issues that required Capcom's attention, eventually culminating in a full takedown of the servers themselves. Originally the maintenance window was only supposed to take a few days, but the problems going on were too severe for Capcom to fix on such short notice.
It's been a while since we saw the game at E3, but we'll be waiting a little longer to finally get our hands on the finished product, which should have plenty in store for fans of the genre. The full game is projected for launch next year on both PC and PlayStation 4, so there's still plenty of time left to figure out all the kinks, but hopefully this doesn't result in any delays for the fan-favorite fighter.