Posted Wed Oct 21, 2015 at 08:22 PM PDT by Brian Hoss
A little bad news, but a lot of good news.
In contrast to announced plans, Capcom has started the second 'Street Fighter V' PS4 beta early, and with that early start comes a new timetable for adding fighters and for the PC beta. At the same time; however, Capcom has recognized that matchmaking is problematic at best, which means that players are having to wait a long time to get into matches.
This matchmaking issue is not something that is expected to improve dramatically during this beta; however, there is some very good news. For the first time, players will have the option to play against the AI (and you know, the AI will fight back). In effect, players will have the option (as in the first beta) to train while waiting for online matchmaking. The big difference is that now players will be able to turn the AI on. This should give everyone a proper practice time with the new fighters and will (for me anyway) be a lot more fun than the defenseless training dummy.
Beyond that, Capcom is promising to let a local player control the AI dummy. That's practically local versus!
While players wait for online matches, they are free to access training mode, and there are new features added to this version that allow players to change the training dummy to be computer AI, or be playable by a friend locally.
Everyone who had access to the first beta should have access to the current one, and PC players will get their first shot in two days. This second beta will feature Ken, Necalli, Vega, and R. Mika and Rashid and Karin will be added as the beta goes on. Sadly, Ryu, Chun-Lim Cammy, Birdie, Nash, and M. Bison, who were part of the first beta, will not be in this second one.
Here is the current Beta 2 schedule, (it's already changed in a major way once, and is subject to change again):
10/21/15 18:00 PST (10/22 02:00 BST/10:00 JST) – The second SFV beta begins for PS4 users. Characters available: Ken, Necalli, Vega, R. Mika
10/22/15 14:00 PST (22:00 BST/ 10/23 06:00 JST) – Servers down for scheduled maintenance for 12 hours.
10/23/15 02:00 PST (10:00 BST/18:00 JST) – Servers back online. Rashid unlocked.
10/23/15 09:00 PST (17:00 BST/ 10/24 01:00 JST) – The second SFV beta begins for both PC and PS4 users (cross-platform play).
10/23/15 17:00 PST (10/24 01:00 BST/09:00 JST) – Karin unlocked.
10/24/15 04:00 PST (12:00 BST/20:00 JST) – Servers down for scheduled maintenance for 10 hours.
10/24/15 14:00 PST (22:00 BST/ 10/25 06:00 JST) – Servers back online.
10/25/15 16:00 PST (10/26 0:00 BST/ 08:00 JST) – Beta 2 concludes.
Train hard and good luck!
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