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Fighting has been an instinct born into man since the beginning of time. It wasn’t until much more recently that we have celebrated this age-old activity by making games of it that we can play without actually causing harm to one another. A famous series that accomplishes this is the Street Fighter series; the first of which was released in 1987 and the newest addition is in production by Capcom. Street Fighter V has seen one beta test already with another just announced by the developers.
On October 22, PlayStation 4 users who have pre-ordered Street Fighter V will get a second look at the game in beta. This beta will run until October 25 when Capcom will take the information they gather during the test and make adjustments and fixes to the game as needed. PC gamers who have pre-ordered Street Fighter V will also get a chance to join the beta but not until the last two days of the test. This is the first time that the game is playable on PC as the first beta test was PS4 exclusive.
About half of the big changes announced in Capcom’s post have to do with the addition of PC players to the mix this time around:
“We’re opening up beta access to PC users for the first time… [and] will be testing out PS4 to PC cross-platform play functionality on October 24 and 25. This is a first for us and we are very excited for players across both platforms to finally have a chance to battle one another.”
In addition to cross-platform play, the leaderboards with player rankings will be combined with both PC and PS4 players as well, meaning there’s one spot for the ultimate champion.
Other additions to the beta this time around include new characters to try out such as Ken, Necalli, Vega, and R. Mika; unlockables for Fight Money such as new items, titles, and stages; ranked matchmacking, and a player search feature.
It is nice to see that all players who have pre-ordered the game can join in the fun and play the beta version this time, seeing as PC players had no access last time. The very limited time given to the PC players, however, seems to be a bit of a tease.
PS4 players, who have already been in one test for the game mind you, will get the full five days to experience the second round of beta testing while the PC players get only two short days to play before it gets taken away again. Hopefully Capcom will do something to appease the PC crowd better in the future development of the game to keep them on their side.
Street Fighter V will not be fully released to the public until some unconfirmed date in 2016. Until then we will have to make do with the multiple beta tests they are providing for the players. PS4 players be ready for October 22, and PC players prepare for October 24, as we will take all of those small arguments to the streets to see who the real winner truly is.