It's been a fantastic week for fighting games, culminating with the Ultra Street Fighter IV finals at EVO 2015. But now it's time to look ahead to what's next and Capcom is getting ready to release Street Fighter V. A key part of the path towards that release is ensuring the online component works, which is why the beta is kicking off tonight.
For this online-only beta, players can select between Ryu, Chun-Li, M. Bison, and Nash. That roster will expand to include Birdie and Cammy this weekend. Matchmaking will be completely random. There are no friend invites and there is no location tracking, meaning it's very possible to get connected with users in Japan. Peter 'Combofiend' Rosas indicates on the Capcom-Unity blog that this will not be the case with the final product, but the current setup will allow Capcom to test connections globally.
Capcom will also refine the beta as it goes along, bringing it down between the hours of 11PM and 1AM PT daily.
For those that have pre-ordered Street Fighter V, the beta begins tonight at 6PM PT for all PlayStation 4 owners and will run from tonight through July 28. As for PC owners, their beta will begin this fall. For more on Street Fighter V, be sure to check out our full interview from EVO 2015 with Combofiend and Matt Dahlgren.