Some lucky Street Fighter fans got a sneaky treat this week, as the recent Street Fighter 6 Closed Beta miraculously sprang back to life for several hours, before quietly shutting down once again. The beta, which took place on PC and current-gen consoles, officially ended on Monday, October 10.
Earlier this week, however, PS5 players who still had the client installed found that could suddenly re-access a rudimentary version of the trial. Matchmaking wasn’t working with any great stability, but the Training Mode was up and running, giving some sneaky petes several more hours to get the tech down with Messrs Ryu, Ken, Guile, Kimberly, Juri, Jamie, Chunners, and Luke.
Word would eventually spread online, and the CapCops came in to hit the big red button.
For some inexplicable reason the SF6 beta is currently live again
which means I can test out that thing that was bugging me, and turns out it works! If you know they are gonna land on a kikoken you can totally drive rush & combo, it always allows you to juggle no matter what. pic.twitter.com/OEUksSofrf
— Rooflemonger (@Rooflemonger) October 25, 2022
Of course, this reopening of the servers was a total accident. Players were noting that the unofficial beta was crashing, load times had been extended, and online matches were disconnecting with regularity. So clearly, somewhere, somebody at Capcom typed a “1” where a “0” was needed and opened the door to the PS5 community. It is incredibly likely that the publisher which launch more betas before Street Fighter 6‘s eventual 2023 release, and there will assuredly be an open beta at some point to stress test the servers, (though it must be said that online was very slick during the official beta run time.)
While I certainly don’t wanna be a cop about things. Word of various accidental betas and cracks is a little frustrating for players. Getting started in a fighting game is tough enough, let alone when some cabals of players have already been putting in hours, weeks, or even months of additional, unofficial practice. The larger concern is that unofficial access will scare publishers away from further beta periods — though, in the long run, these off-record throwdowns are unlikely to affect launch sales.
Still, some of us need all the help we can get, without better players having weeks of additional practice.