author: Sonia Selerska
Beta Forcibly Removed From Drives After Being Cracked by Hackers
The closed beta of Street Fighter 6, which lasted for 3 days, delighted players so much that some of them started using a mod to enable further gameplay. The developers found a clever way to deal with this problem.
Street Fighter 6, the next installment in one of the world's most iconic fighting game series, is scheduled for release next year on PC, PS4, PS5 and XSX/S. The developers have given players a chance to test the game through a closed beta, however, they did not expect that this plan could backfire like it did.
Beta mod bordering on piracy
Beta testing of Street Fighter 6 was scheduled for October 7-10, but players using the pre-release version of the game on Steam have found a way to bypass the time limitation (via GamesRadar).
On October 14, a mod was released, enabling further gameplay in offline versus and training modes after the end of the beta period. However, it was not a full-fledged pirated version of the game, so the mod could only be used by people who added the title to their library while it was still available.
Either way, the mod enabled players to launch the game after the end of the time-limited beta, giving them access to a sort of illegal copy of the new Street Fighter.
Developers take steps to fight the mod
A few days after the infamous mod was created, the developers noticed the problem and decided to respond. However, their mothod turned out to be extremely insidious.
Yesterday, the already closed beta version of Street Fighter 6, to the surprise of players, received an update. It turned out that the inconspicuous update was designed to delete the game's .exe files from the computers of test key holders.
Using even more illegal methods, the files can be recovered, of course, but the developers' desperate fight against the mod may spark mixed feelings.
The whole situation, however, shows that Street Fighter 6 promises to be an outstanding title - worth even breaking the law for some.