Whether we like it or not, rage quitters are part of a gamer's life. These are players who exit multiplayer games such as Street Fighter V even before a match is completed, leaving team mates and enemies stewing in frustration.
This significantly affects the gameplay experience and the enthusiasm of the wider players themselves.
Shaming Rage Quitters
Capcom seems to be putting its foot down and is poised to unleash a new policy designed to address this affair once and for all. The company is working on a change that will allow the posting of the identity of rage quitters in a move to discourage their behavior.
The recent change is not yet officially confirmed. But some enterprising enthusiasts were able to pore over the code of a new test branch of the Street Fighter V that went live at Steam briefly. The insights were promptly posted at NeoGAF, particularly the part about how rage quitters would start sporting a skull badge beside their profile, allowing other players to avoid them like the plague.
In addition, Capcom will also identify players who never disconnect, allowing more effective mechanism to match players with the same reputation.
"Special icons will be displayed on the Fighter Profiles of players who frequently disconnect, as well as those who never do, making it easier for players with the same icon to battle against each other," patch notes has outlined.
Aside from the badge of dishonor, the upcoming patch to Street Fighter V could also include more serious punishments than what are currently instituted in the game. This could involve higher point League Points reduction. Rage quitters also currently face temporary lockouts from multiplayer matchmaking every time they disconnect from matches before its completion.
Street Fighter V And eSports
It is worth noting that Capcom has been implementing staggered changes in Street Fighter V particularly in the last quarter of 2016. The development and refinements should continue further as the game publisher pushes the title as full-fledged eSports platform.
This December, the game saw the introduction of new fighters, including a meaner Akuma, B-Boy Ryu and B-Girl Chun-Li, and three other characters.
Capcom has also pulled Street Fighter V's latest stage called Skies of Honor in the upcoming Capcom Cup 2016 and the CPT 2017 season. This was found to be too distracting for competitive gameplay.
Finally, Street Fighter V's position in the overall Capcom game plan has been cemented by the announcement that the game will be supported for years to come.
"It's not just a 1-2 year thing," Yoshinori Ono, one of the game's producers, stressed. "We're looking pretty far ahead ... We've planned out as far as 2020 or so."