Street Fighter 5’s Next Online Open Beta Starts Soon

You don’t even need to own the game to participate in the beta.

Capcom has announced new details regarding the next beta test for Street Fighter V’s revamped Capcom Fighters Network, which is set to begin next week.

The beta runs from May 11th-14th on both PC and PS4. The good thing about this beta is that you do not need to own the actual game in order to participate, it is open to everyone on both platforms. Cross-play is also enabled so that you can face off against players regardless of the platform they are playing on. The next season 2 DLC character will also be playable, along with the latest balance changes having been implemented.

This is the second beta test for the new CFN, which was introduced in order for Capcom to overhaul Street Fighter V’s online component. The first test came in April and it, “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. These require the new CFN infrastructure, so they will be held back until the new version goes live. Capcom has yet to announce how soon all of this may arrive after this next beta.

You can check out a list of changes that Capcom has listed below for the beta.

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.