Today, Capcom announced its plan to continue to optimize the new and improved Capcom Fighters Network by running an additional online Beta Test this month.
According to Capcom, the intent of the Beta Test is to make the official launch of the new CFN “as smooth as possible.” The Beta Test will be available to both PC and PS4 (including cross-play) players for free — even if you don’t own a copy of Street Fighter V. The test will run from May 11th to May 14th.
Additionally, the next DLC character for Season 2 — who has yet to be revealed — will be available to all beta players during the test. Once the test ends, both the mystery character and any online data (Fight Money, progress, replays etc.) will be gone.
Here’s a list of improvements to expect once the CFN Beta goes live:
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.
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.
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.
Street Fighter V is available for PS4 and PC.