Most of our readers do not feel the upcoming changes will reignite their interest in Street Fighter 5

Update: The results are in! Hit the jump below to check out the poll results.

Earlier: Street Fighter 5 is set to receive an update at the end of the month that will add new balance changes, improvements to the CFN, and much more. The patch seemingly comes as an answer to the uproar from the community saying that more changes needed to be implemented to make Season 2 balanced.

Within its first year of life, Street Fighter 5 took several unfortunate missteps that left a bad taste in many players' mouths, which has led some to lose interest in the game all together.

Now that the game has a much more stable foundation and is looking to improve the overall user experience with the upcoming update, we want to know what your stance on it is.

For those of you who feel like you lost interest, has the new patch reignited your excitement to play? Perhaps you've been a fan since the beginning and feel like the update is just more of a good thing.

Whatever your case may be, we want to know what you think. We have created a poll in which you can tell us how you feel.

Check it out after the jump.

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CFN update, balance changes, and next Season 2 DLC character release delayed - success of recent beta test has Capcom looking into another

Capcom has just released another Capcom Unity blog post, this time sharing details on the current state of Street Fighter 5's upcoming content.

As many know, Capcom is currently working on improving the Capcom Fighters Network, making it more robust for an overall better user experience. The blog notes that the first PC beta test was successful and has helped the company make more optimizations.

"We are happy to announce the test has allowed us to make further adjustments to optimize the new CFN," the blog reads. "We know you’re all very eager for the new CFN but we also want to ensure it meets all of our expectations before it officially launches.

"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. In case you missed what the new CFN entails, check out our previous blogpost here."

Originally, the next set of balance changes and the latest season 2 DLC character were scheduled for release at the end of April alongside the CFN update. Since they were designed under the new CFN infrastructure and the CFN isn't quite ready yet, this means we will be seeing a delay in the release of the aforementioned content.

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'Whoever designed Balrog in Street Fighter 5 is [stupid]' - Bonchan doesn't hate SF5, but thinks it needs some big improvements

One of the most dominant players of latter Street Fighter 4 made his return to the competitive spotlight last weekend at NorCal Regionals, as RB|Bonchan and his Nash finished in fifth place in the Street Fighter 5 tournament.

BornFree was able to score an interview with the Japanese player, who expressed quite a few frustrated sentiments about SF5. He goes out of his way to explicitly say that he doesn't hate the game, but does list off quite a few things, from netcode to character balance, that he finds less than satisfactory.

Specifically, he feels that Balrog is exceptionally unbalanced and goes as far as to call out the person who designed the character with a term we're not going to repeat here.

This may be our favorite interview from BornFree yet, and if you've been following along with his top player talks, that's saying something. Check it out below.

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NorCal Regionals 2017 results feat. NuckleDu, Fuudo, Punk, Daigo, Bonchan

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with results from NorCal Regionals 2017.

Taking place this weekend in Sacramento, California, the NorCal Regionals 2017 is a Capcom Pro Tour premier event.

Notable players in attendance include Liquid|NuckleDu, GRPT|Fuudo, MJS|Haitani, FOX|Tokido, FOX|Momochi, PG|Punk, CYG|Daigo, SPY|Filipino Champ, Mago, Zowie|GamerBee, Co|Go1, CYG|PR Balrog, Poongko, FOX|Justin Wong, XYZZY, WFX|801 Strider, RB|Bonchan, EG|K-Brad, RISE|Marn, EG|NYChrisG, CO|Dogura, CYG|Snake Eyez, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, YD|Yukadon, WFX|XSK Samurai, RN|Alex Myers, F3|Alucard, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Circa|LPN, Stupendous, Flash, GS|Gllty, BJ Unchained and Commander Jesse, among others.

You can find the live streams and schedule below.

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Work-themed costumes coming to Street Fighter 5 on April 25th

Capcom Unity's latest blog announces even more costumes for Street Fighter 5.

According to the post this morning, "work-themed" alternate outfits for Alex, R. Mika, and Chun-Li are set to be released on April 25th. They will arrive alongside the School costumes and Thailand remastered stage.

The idea behind these costumes is to channel what types of jobs each of these characters would have if they weren't fighting. Alex takes on the role of a firefighter, R. Mika is a spirited cheerleader, and Chun-Li is a businesswoman.

Each costume will cost $3.99 / ¥400 / €3.99.

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Source: Capcom Unity. Sent in by originalhuman, BLACK_PHOENIX3, bouji, and ImaPlayThis.

Classic Thailand stage and School costumes coming to Street Fighter 5 on April 25th

Street Fighter 5's latest batch is coming very soon.

Just moments ago, Capcom Unity posted their latest blog post with the details. The remastered version of the classic Street Fighter 2 Thailand stage and the School costumes for Ryu, Juri, and Chun-Li will become available on April 25th.

The new stage will run for $3.99 / ¥400 / €3.99, or can be picked up for 70,000 Fight Money. We see that the stage features its trademark bell and statues recreated in great detail. Capcom notes that a night-time version of the battleground with candles lighting the way was explored, but they decided to keep it as close to the original as possible.

The three premium costumes will also come with a price tag of $3.99 / ¥400 / €3.99 (each).

For Capcom's descriptions of the three new costumes, be sure to hit the jump.

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Delaying Street Fighter 5's patch instead of rushing it out to meet a deadline is a good thing, hopefully shows a change of approach

Quick poll. How many of you have this image burned into your memory?

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If you played Street Fighter 5 when the game first came out, you very likely remember this image. I'm willing to bet that it's from a bad experience rather than a good experience.

It became so prominent, that it essentially became a meme in the fighting game community, for better or worse. A bad user experience like the one mentioned above is what game developers and programmers in general must strive to avoid when designing their products.

Issues like these tend to get weeded out during a thorough testing phase. Unfortunately for Capcom, they weren't able to prevent a bad user experience for their player base when the game first launched.

This is something we will bear in mind as we analyze the decision from Capcom to delay their patch for their upcoming patch.

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Here are the poll results for who our readers are hoping for and expecting as the next Street Fighter 5 DLC character

Update: The results are in! Hit the jump below to check them out.

Earlier: So it was recently announced that the 3rd character of Season 2 is, unfortunately, being delayed beyond the end of April. Despite this, it was promised that "the identity of the new character will be revealed soon," according to Capcom.

When the silhouettes for the Season 2 cast were first shown, everybody was pretty convinced that Kolin was the second character. This ended up being an accurate form of speculation.

This third character, however, is not quite as clear as Kolin. The community does have a few guesses on who it might be, however.

Here, we shall review some of the speculation that the community has come up with.

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Why aren't the 'robbery' characters winning Street Fighter 5 tournaments like they were supposed to?

Of the 24 currently playable characters in Street Fighter 5's second season, the community has openly expressed the most grief about three in particular: Urien, Balrog and Laura. There are certainly other top tier fighters, but these three seem to be the most apt to suddenly steal rounds away because of very, very powerful V-Trigger sequences.

We saw AW|Nemo change mains to Urien and win Topanga League this year, and we do still have CYG|PR Balrog (Balrog) and Wolfkrone (Laura) leading the ranks of ELeague, but the rest of the Season 2 tourney results have been fairly robbery character-less, as seen from the sample in the graphic below:

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Many (myself very much included) were a bit perplexed to see this. Certainly we should be seeing these characters dominate top eight brackets right? While I still do think these fighters have lopsided risk/reward sequences, and I do still think they threaten the game's fun factor, it's becoming very clear that they are by no means unbeatable.

So what exactly is going on?

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Our readers feels that Ryu is the most honest character while Balrog is the most dishonest character - final poll results

Update: The results are in! Hit the jump below to check out the results of both polls.

Earlier: There's been a lot of discussion lately on "honest" and "dishonest" characters in Street Fighter 5. There isn't an exact science to this - it all comes down to individual opinions.

Keep in mind that just because a character is top tier, it doesn't necessarily make them dishonest. In fact, there is a such thing as an honest top tier.

Typically though, we tend to think of a dishonest character as being top tier. It's pretty hard to visualize a low tier as being dishonest.

Essentially what makes a character dishonest is determined by whether or not they have strong options that are very easy to perform. These tactics are difficult to stop and carry very high rewards for very little risk.

That's my abridged opinion on what can make a character dishonest. Feel free to come up with your own definition of the term while voting in the poll.

After the jump, you'll find a poll where you can vote for which characters you think are honest and dishonest. You can vote up to six times per poll.

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Why are American players winning in Street Fighter after nearly 30 years of Japanese domination? Alex Valle joins Best of V to discuss

Not only is America winning Street Fighter these days, but it seems to be our youngest competitors that are having the most success. Liquid|NuckleDu is the reigning Capcom Cup champion, and PG|Punk is suddenly in the "best player in the world" discussion.

Despite our best previous efforts, America has rarely been able to hold a candle to the like of Japan when it comes to Street Fighter, and usually takes a back seat to other regions of the world thanks to players like RZR|Xian, RZR|Infiltration and Zowie|GamerBee.

We'll be discussing this newfound success from the Stars and Stripes on today's live broadcast, and then LU|Alex Valle will be joining to weigh in with his two cents on the matter. As always, we'll also be recapping the weekend's Pro Tour happenings and hitting the FGC's main points of conversation from over the past week.

Hit the jump to check out the live stream, which is slated to begin around 4 p.m. PDT.

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GamerBee: Pro players are losing their personality with characters in Street Fighter 5; talks tiers, character choice, and more

BornFree caught up with Zowie's own Bruce "GamerBee" Hsiang over at NorCal Regionals 2017 last weekend to discuss all things Street Fighter 5.

Among the chat of tiers and character choice, Hsiang expressed a concern about the current state of the game that several people in the community have encountered. As it stands right now, it feels like the characters in Street Fighter 5 don't quite let players express themselves or develop very unique playstyles.

"We don't have a special technique or skill gap anymore," GamerBee starts. "If two really good Ken players are playing and you cannot see their names, you probably won't know who is playing."

GamerBee feels that there is a real inability to create a signature style because the combos are much easier to perform in this game when compared to others. He notes that even more complex set ups like Urien's headbutt loops and Ibuki combos aren't all that difficult.

"We are losing our personality. Pro player personality with [specific characters] or some kind of play style, we can't do that [anymore]," he explains.

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Let's take a look at the dolls in Street Fighter 5 and figure out our favorites for potential DLC - März, Aprile, Santamu, Decapre, Juni, and Xiayu

So a while back, we reflected on the possibility of the dolls becoming playable in Street Fighter 5 at some point. It occurs to me each of the dolls can offer playstyles that could appeal to different types of players.

Steven and I have had little discussions talking about which doll we would most want to play as. We both have our eyes on different dolls that we're interested in.

As a result, I've been wondering what the overall community's favorite doll might be. This will be a 3 part series in order to determine which of the dolls are favored among the community.

This part will be looking at März, Aprile, Santamu, Decapre, Juni, and Xiayu. The next part will look at the other remaining six dolls.

The third part of the series will simply consist of a poll that will ask our readers which doll they would most like to see as a DLC character in the future.

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'Season 1 was great, Season 2... kinda sucks' - Floe feels Street Fighter 5 is currently too focused on guessing and too Marvel-esque

Ari "Floe" Weintraub came out of hiding and finally made a return to major tournament play at NorCal Regionals much to the delight of the majority of fighting game community.

The California player sat down with BornFree for an interview in which he freely expressed his views of Street Fighter 5, more than a few of which deemed the game in need of some renovation.

"I thought SF5 Season 1 was a great game. Yeah there were issues, Mika wasn't very fun to play against, stuff like that. Season 2... kinda sucks because of what the game has turned into." explains Floe when asked to compare the game's two major iterations thus far.

This chat is surely not one to miss, you can watch the full video below.

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Tekken series Chief Producer asks fans for Tekken 7 guest character ideas on Twitter, some of the suggestions are... out there

Katsuhiro Harada, best known for being Chief Producer on the Tekken series, has taken to Twitter for some fan assistance.

Back in March we learned that Tekken 7 will be receiving two additional guest characters from other video game franchises -- one set for Winter 2017 and the other in the Spring of 2018. Harada wants to know which characters the fans would like to see.

The Tekken creator sent out a tweet yesterday evening prompting followers with the task of sharing their character ideas.

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Here are some of the responses.

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