Calling all Street Fighter fans: Capcom today announced the largest online beta program in franchise history.
The company will be testing Street Fighter V on the PlayStation 4 and PC, looking for user feedback “to ensure that Street Fighter V is the best iteration yet,” community manager Peter Rosas wrote in a blog post.
Players in North America who pre-order the game will automatically be enrolled in the beta program.
No further details, including a testing schedule or requirements, were revealed; interested gamers can keep an eye on Capcom for more news.
In the meantime, though, you can revel in the fact that Charlie Nash will be returning—from the presumed grave—to join the game’s fifth installment.
“Charlie Nash has been a fan favorite character in the Street Fighter series for years and finally makes his comeback in Street Fighter V, although noticeably a little… different,” Rosas said.
Nash made his first appearance in 1991’s Street Fighter II: The World Warrior. A U.S. Air Force lieutenant and one of Guile’s best friends, Nash resurfaced in the Street Fighter Alpha series five years later.
In Alpha II, M. Bison escapes, while a helicopter controlled by his forces “make[s] quick work of Nash,” as Rosas put it. Initially presumed dead, Nash’s reappearance marks the beginning of a new story.
“While the mysteries surrounding his return will become clear later on, for now we’re pleased to announce that the originator of the Sonic Boom is back with quite a few new tricks,” Rosas wrote.
Check out Nash’s epic rebound (and hairstyle) in the reveal trailer above. (And keep an eye out for a brief appearance by Shadaloo boss M. Bison.)
Capcom gave its first glimpse at Street Fighter V in December via a leaked teaser trailer; light on details, the video showed a bit of actual gameplay, including sparring between Ryu and Chun-Li.
There is no word on when the game will finally debut, though it is slated to be a PS4 and PC exclusive, leaving Microsoft Xbox fans out of luck.
For more, see PCMag’s review of Ultra Street Fighter IV (for PC) and the slideshow above.