After months of waiting, excitement for Street Fighter V’s launch quickly turns to disappointment as Capcom’s servers are plagued with issues due to heavy demand.
After being declared as one of 2016’s most anticipated games, the excitement for Street Fighter V has quickly turned into disappointment just hours after the game’s release. Despite the efforts of Capcom in ensuring a smooth launch, Street Fighter V‘s popular online play has been plagued with numerous connectivity issues.
According to numerous fan reports on Reddit, the Steam forums, and Twitter, many players couldn’t connect due to their connection screens timing out. For the lucky players who did manage to connect through, many matches were dropped due to server instability. In response to these problems, Capcom took the servers offline for maintenance before bringing them back up a few hours later. During the downtime, Capcom took to Twitter to explain the situation to fans:
We are aware of the server issues that are affecting the online functionality of SFV, and are working towards a quick resolution.— SFV Server (@SFVServer) February 16, 2016
We have identified the issue that caused the servers to go down and we aim to have them back up momentarily. Thanks for your patience.— SFV Server (@SFVServer) February 16, 2016
Most players have been able to connect online since the servers came back, but despite managing to identify the problematic issues, Capcom has stated that there may still be intermittent disconnections before expressing apologies to everyone.
Our servers are up, but some may experience intermittent disconnects. We apologize for the inconvenience.— SFV Server (@SFVServer) February 16, 2016
This isn’t the first time that server issues have plagued Street Fighter V. During the initial beta testing period in July 2015, players reported a host of matchmaking issues and connectivity problems. After spending months attempting to rectify the problems plaguing the servers, Street Fighter V‘s second beta test went just as poorly as the first.
Despite months of extensive preparations and testing, the inability of Capcom to iron out all of Street Fighter V‘s issues means that game’s launch can’t be seen as anything other than a disappointment. But on the bright side, reviewers who managed to get some online play in before getting booted all thought Street Fighter V was great. For Capcom, the number of positive reviews coming through is a bit of a consolation to what must be a frustrating launch period.
With the online component still getting sorted, players will have time to get accustomed to Street Fighter V’s other four game modes. Those new to the series can get up to speed with the game’s Tutorial and Training Modes, while more experienced players can hone their skills through Survival or Character Story Mode. Once Capcom does manage to fix all the server issues plaguing the game, there’s also a host of exciting plans for Street Fighter V‘s DLC. Players can unlock new character costumes and looks by completing each fighter’s respective story arc in Character Story Mode, while clearing four levels of the game’s Survival Mode will unlock new colors for each character’s costumes.
Server issues aside, Street Fighter V looks to be living up to the hype so far as one of 2016’s best games. With Capcom extensively supporting the game for the foreseeable future, expect Street Fighter V to get even better as time passes.
Street Fighter V is available now for PlayStation 4 and PC.