Despite two beta phases, the full launch of Street Fighter V has been plagued by online connectivity issues. Players have reported that they're unable to connect to servers, locking out all of the online content. They've also noticed that you don't earn Fight Money or receive level up notifications if you're not connected to the server. This is on top of the long connection times for matchmaking.
Street Fighter V producer Yoshinori Ono took to Twitter this morning to address the issues.
"My sincerest apologies again about SFV server situation. I think that we need to improve on this problem the most," Ono tweeted.
He also pointed to a new Twitter account, SFV Server (@SFVServer) as the place to go to check on server issues related to Street Fighter.
"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," said the account early this morning.
"Our servers are up, but some may experience intermittent disconnects. We apologize for the inconvenience," it added later.
"We are aware that users are experiencing issues logging into the game and uploading match results, and are currently working on a solution," was the last update from the account.
The reason this is such a big problem, outside of the fact that many wanted to jump right in on competitive play, is that Street Fighter V doesn't have a ton of single-player content. As I said in my review, there's no Arcade Mode, the Story Mode is relatively short with no difficulty settings, and while the Survival Mode does have difficulty settings, the successive match count is really long above Easy. There's simply nothing for players to do if they can't jump online and fight others.
In addition, Fight Money is Street Fighter V's in-game currency and will eventually allow players to unlock new characters and costumes. Being unable to acquire Fight Money because of connectivity issues is a big, big problem. The effort is being put worth and the reward isn't there, which is just going to anger players in the long run.
This doesn't alleviate my thoughts that Street Fighter V feels like an Early Access game without the label. Hopefully, Capcom can get the online issues fixed sooner rather than later.