Capcom was supposed to announce the next Street Fighter V DLC character right about now, and release it alongside a major balance patch next week. However, the developer is now delaying those plans to make way for a possible second beta test of its overhauled Capcom Fighters Network (CFN).
In a new blog post, Capcom explained that both the upcoming Street Fighter V DLC character and balance update are closely tied to the game’s online network. While the first round of beta testing has allowed the developer to optimize the network, more testing is required for further adjustments.
“In order to help us get the new CFN to where it needs to be, we are looking into conducting an additional Beta Test soon,” announced Capcom, before adding that current and new players will be able to participate for free and have access to all released characters for the duration of the test.
Capcom also confirmed that the identity of the new Street Fighter V DLC character will be revealed soon. Considering that the character is tied to the CFN, it is likely that it will be released alongside the second beta test, at least for testers.
As for when the balance patch will arrive, it is hard to say. The second CFN beta test will commence in the “next few weeks.” Giving another couple of weeks of testing puts the release somewhere at the end of next month.
The first beta test was held three weeks ago and according to Capcom, was a success. However, reviews from users were less than stellar. Unfortunately, Capcom has taken down the official Steam page for the CFN beta, and with it, the comments from disappointed users.
This is not the first time that Capcom has delayed the release of one of its Street Fighter V DLC character. Last May, the developer pushed back the release of Ibuki by a month.