The open beta for Guilty Gear Strive has been experiencing server issues that have rendered the game inaccessible to players. Because the beta requires an online connection to play, the server issues have affected all modes, including modes that would be available without a connection under normal circumstances. There hasn’t been any word as to whether or not the beta will be extended due to the server issues, which began at 10 am PT on February 18 and are still present as of 2:00 pm on February 19, 2021. There was, however, a statement from the official Guilty Gear Twitter account which said that the developer is looking into potential ways to compensate players for the downtime.
<Notice on the open beta for GGST>
We understand that players have been unable to play the open beta due to server downtimes. We are looking into options to compensate the downtime.
More information will be announced at a later time. We seek for your kind patience. Thank you.
— GUILTY GEAR OFFICIAL (@GUILTYGEAR_PR) February 19, 2021
The game’s developer, Arc System Works, started updating players regarding the ongoing issues via Twitter on February 18, 2021. The first update came at 12:45 pm PT and mentioned the game was, at that moment, unplayable due to issues connecting to the server. Later that day, at 8:15 pm PT, Arc System Works announced that the game was playable again. Approximately two hours later, at 9:58 pm PST, they tweeted, “There has been another issue with the server, and the game cannot be played currently.” As with the first tweet, they offered an apology and said that they would investigate and report back when the server was restored.
Nearly three hours after that, the developer performed emergency maintenance to conduct a final check in a test environment.
From the client side of things, the issue has manifested as a range of system messages. From the start menu, players have been met with text that says network features are unavailable due to “not being connected to the network.” Other messages inform the user that there was a failure to either upload or download something called an “R-Code.”
At the moment, the open beta for Guilty Gear Strive is scheduled to end on February 21, 2021. The game will release for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC on April 9, 2021. An arcade release is expected out in Spring of 2021, as well.