Street Fighter V beta extended after rocky launch

Capcom will reschedule its closed beta for Street Fighter V after persistent connection issues rendered the game unplayable for many participants over its launch weekend.

Admitting that "the issues we faced were more severe than we were prepared for," Capcom community manager Peter Rosas notes that the recently concluded Street Fighter V beta period will not count toward the publisher's planned allotment of beta tests.

"After three days of testing, while we were making progress and collecting valuable data, we felt the majority of players were not having a good experience, and the best course of action would be to take the servers offline for extended maintenance," Rosas said. "We will be postponing our first beta phase until we believe the experience is going to be a positive one for players."

Initially slated as a global beta test, Street Fighter V matches over the past weekend were limited to North American players after connection issues proved too severe for the test to continue as originally planned. All players were locked out of gameplay for several hours on the beta's launch day, and only a select few were able to find matches as the event progressed.

"To all of the European and Asian players that felt like they were missing out on the beta since we limited it to North America on Friday and Saturday, we apologize for the inconvenience," Rosas stated. "Due to the state of the server issues, we had to limit the numbers to a smaller pool in order to identify issues and potential solutions. Either way, we will still be providing these players with an incentive as well, as all territories were inconvenienced."

Announced as a PlayStation 4 and PC exclusive, Street Fighter V is due to launch in 2016. Players who pre-ordered the PS4 edition receive exclusive access to a series of closed beta tests held throughout the year as development progresses.

A new date for Street Fighter V's relaunched beta will be announced soon.