Capcom is giving PC gamers a chance to try out Street Fighter 5 (and all of its characters) for free for a full week starting March 28. The free trial period coming to Steam offers “a free glimpse into several new features and enhancements” for the fighting game’s online experience, known as Capcom Fighters Network, Capcom said in a release.
Street Fighter 5’s free week on Steam will be limited to the game’s online modes, but all available characters, including season two characters like Akuma and Kolin, will be unlocked. Capcom’s wording implies that the free period is part of an online test for Capcom Fighters Network’s new features, and that it will “make further adjustments to optimize the new CFN and it will make its official release to both PS4 and PC players soon after.”
Here’s the full list of changes, which include a new “rage quit” penalty system, via Capcom:
For most players, it will take less time to find an opponent in online matches. Matchmaking logic will help players avoid being frequently matched with the same opponent.
Ranked and Casual Match Loading Times
There will be a shorter transition when going into a Ranked or Casual match.
On the new CFN home menu, a live feed of Friends’ activities will be presented on an interactive Timeline. Using the Timeline, players can immediately add a recent match to their Replay List, view a Fighter Profile, manage Friends, and adjust Timeline display settings.
Friend Management System
In addition to adding someone to Favorites, players can now blacklist players or add friends and follow them on CFN.
“Rage Quit” Penalty System
Special “rage quit” player profile icons will appear on profiles with frequent disconnections. Matchmaking logic will take into account online behavior and frequent disconnectors will be matched with similar opponents.
Training Mode – User Settings Saved
Training Mode settings will be saved and will carry over to the next time the mode is accessed.
Battle Lounge Country Flags
Country flags will appear in Battle Lounges, allowing players to locate competition in their region.
Country / League Based Rankings
Players will be able to filter leaderboards based on Country or League.
In-Game Announcer Voice
The in-game announcer will provide players and opponents with stats using data pulled from the server.
Fighter Profile Stats
More detailed stats will be tracked and presented on Fighter Profiles.
Street Fighter 5’s free trial period on Windows PC hits Steam March 28 at 1 p.m. PT/9 p.m. GMT and runs through April 3 at 12 p.m. PT/8 p.m. GMT.