The recent update removed stereo sound from the game’s options, meaning blind Street Fighter players were unable to participate effectively. The switch to mono meant that the multi-directional sounds were suddenly all coming from one direction, and visually-impaired players were unable to tell which position certain characters had taken during a fight.
The bug was announced by BlindWarriorSven on Twitter, who gave a statement to NME about Street Fighter V and its accessibility options. “Street Fighter V has been an amazing and accessible game so far. I would say 90 per cent of the game is covered by good audio cues, which makes it possible for me to play on a high level.
Please, @streetfighter @capcomfighters or anybody else at Capcom. I just installed the new patch on my pc, went to training mode and discovered that all character sound effects like attacks, hits, jumps, block, voices etc are mono (centered).
— BlindWarriorSven (@SvenvandeWege) February 22, 2021
“After installing the patch, I was shocked to realise that the audio of the game was changed into mono sound instead of stereo. This means that I am no longer able to tell the different positions of the characters during a fight, which makes it hard or even impossible to play this game on the high level I am used to.”
We are aware of various bugs introduced with Season 5, including online battle de-syncing after using Necalli’s V-Trigger I, game sound effects output to mono, and more.
Details and estimated patch updates here:
— Street Fighter (@StreetFighter) February 26, 2021
In the tweet sent from the official Street Fighter account, Capcom detailed their list of proposed bug fixes for next week, including the re-introduction of stereo sound. This fix should also address other issues with the update, such as it force-closing the game when a screenshot is taken.
The Street Fighter account stated: “We are aware of various bugs introduced with Season 5, including online battle de-syncing after using Necalli’s V-Trigger I, game sound effects output to mono, and more.”
The two fighters’ induction into the popular battle royale game was revealed via a trailer last week (February 19). In the clip, the two fighters prepare to face off against one another in a retro Street Fighter II arcade cabinet, before they’re unceremoniously sucked into the Zero Point.