Street Fighter 6 is back for another beta, but don't expect to buy your way in this time

Kimberley holds a spray can in each hand while two other spray cans are in the air.
(Image credit: Capcom)

Two months after its first closed beta, Capcom is offering access to Street Fighter 6 once more. The game's second beta launches on December 16 and runs until December 19.

If you were one of the lucky few who managed to snag a spot last time—or handed over some cash for a key—you'll be able to check out the new beta without applying again. For newcomers or those who weren't able to get in last time, you'll have to go through the application process. 

Capcom doesn't seem too keen on having a repeat of the previous beta's key-selling shenanigans. Loads of beta access keys appeared for sale in October, taking advantage of the fact that many missed out on being chosen. Forking out for one is how a fair few people I know ended up playing, but the developer doesn't want it happening again. This time, "due to unauthorized reselling of access codes," you'll have to already have your Capcom ID and preferred platform linked to be given direct access to the second beta. There's also a wee warning against modding the beta, likely in response to those who managed to crack the game and keep it playable once October's beta wrapped up.

The new beta remains largely unchanged from what's already been seen. There'll be access to character creation, ranked and casual matches, battle hub matches, open tournaments, training mode, challenges and other locations like the good shop, game center and DJ booth. Playable characters and stages are also the same: 

Playable characters

  • Luke
  • Jamie
  • Ryu
  • Chun-Li
  • Guile
  • Kimberly
  • Juri
  • Ken

Playable stages

  • Metro City Downtown
  • Genbu Temple
  • Carrier Byron Taylor
  • Tian Hong Yuan
  • The Macho Ring
  • Training Room

There are numerous bug fixes and corrections of character movelists, though none of the roster has received any balance changes at this time. There's also a new option to reduce input delay in the graphics menu, which will shorten the gap between inputs and what happens on-screen. For us PC users, we'll also need to turn Vsync off and set the refresh rate to 120Hz or higher.

I'm stoked to see the beta returning, especially as I was away from home during the last one and was gutted to miss out. I managed to play a few games at a fighting game tournament in the summer and, despite my general dislike for 2D fighters, had a whale of a time. That's definitely helped by the choice of a more simplistic control scheme, and I'm looking forward to giving things another go in a few weeks time. Wes also had a great time in his Street Fighter 6 preview back in June, saying the "lush visual style and tons of clever new ideas stand out after just minutes."

Distributed codes are handled via lottery rather than a first-come first-served basis, so you have until December 11 at 6:59 AM PT / 9:59 AM ET / 2:59 PM GMT to be in with a chance. 

Mollie Taylor
Features Producer

Mollie spent her early childhood deeply invested in games like Killer Instinct, Toontown and Audition Online, which continue to form the pillars of her personality today. She joined PC Gamer in 2020 as a news writer and now lends her expertise to write a wealth of features, guides and reviews with a dash of chaos. She can often be found causing mischief in Final Fantasy 14, using those experiences to write neat things about her favourite MMO. When she's not staring at her bunny girl she can be found sweating out rhythm games, pretending to be good at fighting games or spending far too much money at her local arcade.