24 Hours With The Street Fighter V Beta

24 Hours With The Street Fighter V Beta

I sat on my rickety old office chair, peering at the screen. Why isn’t it downloading as fast as it should be?! Bloody BT, this bloody connection is awful, look at it!!! slowly downloading. Time passes, the Beta is downloaded, the installation commences…I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!

The excitement is getting too much, far too much. I fill the time with Youtube videos of Street Fighter 5 trailers, gameplay and re-runs of this years Evo. The installation finishes, Street Fighter V Beta triumphantly descends onto my PS4 dashboard. The icon blazes with glory, Ryu stares into my soul, I launch the Beta…it’s finally happening, I’m about to play Street Fighter V.

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‘Can not connect to log in sever’ greets me, surely this is just a launch hiccup, I’ll give it ten minutes. Time ticks by, I launch the Beta once more, the same error message appears…obviously the first port of call is the swear a little, then check Twitter. I’m not the only one having this issue, is that good or bad?, either way I continue to scroll through the hash tags.

It’s fair to say there’s a certain amount of outrage aimed at Capcom over the Beta issues. This confuses me, it’s a Beta, not a demo, issues are to be expected. The Beta still refuses to connect, Capcom don’t appear to be all that active on their official channels. A hour or so passes, Capcom finally tweet, accepting there’s a issue with the Beta and it’s something they’re looking into. The news is greeted with warmth, with the rumblings of frustration.

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Hours pass, nothing has been said, the Beta still refuses to disconnect, Twitter is starting to heat up. Progress!!! the title screen loads up, and my god is it beautiful. The crisp white background, the slick new font, the use of sharp colours, it’s alluring. ‘Can not connect to sever’ makes a return, cackling at the short lived hope that had previously influenced my face. It’s cracking into the early morning now, 01:00 AM and all I’ve experienced is the new logo.

Cup of coffee in hand, and no work tomorrow, I grind on. There’s still a fading hope that the Beta will go live. That hope is soon killed, once again, the EU is discarded. Capcom announce that the Beta will, at least for the time being, for North American users only. From that point on, Capcom only seemed to mention North American, brushing off other territories. This news effectively ends my Street Fighter V Beta experience.

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‘dat logo’

What did I learn the whole affair? Street Fighter 5 has a really really nice logo, and Capcom’s social media team don’t seem to think Europe exists.

Sean Halliday


1 Comment

  1. Truth
    July 30, 2015, 7:36 am

    What a failure. Typical $0N¥ PauperStation NOTwork.

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