When Capcom finally announced the Street Fighter 5 beta was starting up again, everyone was ecstatic. Then people started doing the numbers.
It came late last night via an announcement on the official Capcom Unity blog: the Street Fighter 5 beta, which had been shelved due to substantial server issues, would be starting up once again.
People — myself included — had already been able to connect to the servers and enjoy online matches randomly ever since the release of the last patch, but Capcom's announcement was the official stamp of approval people were waiting for.
There was just one caveat. Probably as a result of the immense load fans put the servers under last time, Capcom announced that the upcoming beta phase would be region specific, with separate times for separate regions.
OK, that's not too bad, Street Fighter fans said. And then they read this sentence: "The first regional test will be begin in Europe on Thursday August 20th from 16:00-00:00 BST, and continue on Friday August 21st from 16:00-00:00 BST."
16:00 BST, which works out to be 1:00 AM Saturday morning Australian Eastern Standard Time, 3:00 AM for New Zealanders or 11:00 PM (Friday evening) if you live in Perth. On the bright side, if you choose to have an early night tonight you can always wake up around 4:00-5:00 AM and have four or five hours of hadoukens, since the beta will run until 9 in the morning.
The one positive is that the regional stress tests are separate to the global beta; it's a mea culpa to the community, effectively. That second phase will be open for five days as well, so no change there. But given the regional stress tests are just that — regional — you'd think Capcom could have factored in Australia and New Zealand a little more when arranging the schedule.