Capcom briefly pulled a piece of DLC from both Steam and the Playstation store Thailand stage from Street Fighter V due to “unintentional religious references.”
The stage in question, based off of M. Bison’s stage in Street Fighter 2, was briefly removed from the store to change the stage’s background music, according to Eurogamer, due to the stage’s original BGM containing what sounded like Islamic chanting. The removed BGM is in the video below.
Capcom has issued a statement regarding the removal of the stage, stating that Capcom decided to immediately cease selling the DLC, and will conduct an emergency server maintenance update to replace the BGM.
The maintenance has already occurred for the stage, which now currently has M. Bison’s theme as the stage BGM.
Several games in the past have also seen changes to their music due to unintentional and intentional references to Islam. The most famous example would be the Fire Temple in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which contained Islamic chanting. Nintendo changed the music in the second printing of the game. Other examples include LittleBigPlanet, which was delayed in Europe due to a song containing verses from the Qur’an.
A more extreme example is the doomed fighting game Kakuto Shojin: Back Alley Brutal, which was removed from store shelves due to the use of the Qur’an as lyrics for one of the game’s characters, a Muslim brawler named Asad. Microsoft attempted to remove the music from the character before release, but some “uncensored copies” were still released to store shelves. Protests from muslims, including government officials from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, protested the game to the point where it forced Microsoft to remove the game from sale worldwide.
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