Street Fighter V DLC Stage Temporarily Pulled to Remove Islamic Chant in BGM
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Background music for a newly added Street Fighter V stage saw the stage pulled nearly as quickly as it was released. On April 25, Capcom released DLC for the game that included "Capcom Pro Tour" costumes and the "Temple Hideout" stage. The stage had a Thai motif and took place in a Buddhist temple. The background music that included chanting, but it was Islamic.
Fans theorized that the stage was pulled so quickly because of the chanting heard in the background music and Capcom confirmed this as the reason via the website Shoryuken.
It has come to our attention that part of the background music track used in the DLC Thailand Temple Hideout Stage, released on April 25, 2017, contains unintentional religious references. Capcom has therefore immediately ceased distribution of this DLC and, as a temporary measure, will be performing an emergency server maintenance update in the very near future to remove this track by replacing it with existing music from another stage. Details of the timing of this update will be provided via the @SFVServer Twitter account.
Users who have already downloaded this DLC will still be able to use it and, once the emergency maintenance update is complete, will have the replacement music as well.
An edited version of the Thailand Temple Hideout Stage background music will be released at a later date.
The Street Fighter V development and operations team, as well as all of us at Capcom, have nothing but the utmost respect for all faiths and religions around the world, and we would like to sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by this content.
Capcom replaced the track with M. Bison's Street Fighter V theme.
A similar occurrence took place in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time where the Islamic prayer could be heard in the Fire Temple. Nintendo later edited the music track in reprintings of the game.
[Via Sherif Saed at VG24/7]