Street Fighter V has gone through many changes s ince its release in February of this year. New characters, stages, major updates that changed the game and many ways, and major refinements to the multiplayer, Capcom has been busy. Now, they’re focusing on what they call “Season 02” of the game, which will bring more classic and new Street Fighter characters to the mix, starting with Akuma, and further refining the game. Capcom released a 92-page PDF outlining their plans for the second season.
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As Combofiend mentioned in his blogpost, the team has been hard at work ensuring the 2017 season of
Street Fighter V is its best yet! We’ve been paying attention all year long and these balance changes are
the combined result of Capcom Pro Tour tournaments, online play, player feedback, and internal testing.
The goal was to ensure a rich, diverse gameplay experience with each character that both players and
spectators can enjoy.”
One of the major focuses of Season 02 is to ensure that Rage Quitting stops permanently:
“The current Rage Quit System has resulted in a significant decrease in rage quitting. That said, we always planned to take this one step further and are ready to further address the issue with this update. In addition to losing League Points and being locked out of online matchmaking for a set time, the following additions have been made to the system:
- Matchmaking Update – Players who frequently disconnect during matches will now be more likely to be matched up with other players who exhibit similar behavior. The same applies for honorable players who rarely, if ever disconnect; they will be matched up with similar players.
- Player Profile Icons – The worst offenders and the most honorable players will also have a special icon displayed on their Fighter Profiles.
- League Points Deduction – Anytime a player disconnects during a match, their League Points will be deducted as if it was a loss.”
Another big thing is the further balancing of characters. Every character is being tweaked in one way or another. Characters who had “invincible moves” now don’t have them. Characters with longer reaches (thus allowing them to attack more often than regular characters) have been altered too. All in an attempt to ensure the gameplay is as balanced as possible.
You can read the full breakdown via the link/PDF above or here.