Street Fighter 5 players notice Islamic chants in new Buddhist temple stage

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A new stage in Street Fighter 5 has already been mysteriously removed from the game, according to players on Steam and Reddit. After launching just yesterday, the “Temple Hideout” stage has been pulled from sale without warning.

On both the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC versions of Street Fighter 5, Temple Hideout is no longer available to purchase from the in-game store. We’ve reached out to Capcom about this, but the stage’s removal coincides with a curious discovery made by those who were able to buy it before it disappeared.

A reworking of Street Fighter 2’s popular Thailand level, Temple Hideout is set at a Buddhist temple. Yet the background music uses the sound of an Islamic prayer with clear Arabic heard throughout.

That’s a pretty huge cultural error to make for obvious reasons. Although Thailand has a sizable Muslim population, this stage is explicitly filled with Buddhist iconography.

Capcom isn’t the first developer to make this exact same mistake, which others have been quick to rectify in the past. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Timefeatured the same sample track as part of the score for the Fire Temple level. Yep — literally the exact same Islamic prayer was borrowed for the non-religious Ocarina of Time, nearly 20 years ago. YouTubers The Game Theorists have a detailed explanation of this strange event, which led to Nintendo excising the music from the game for its second printing.

In a similar case, LittleBigPlanet ended up being delayed in Europe because of a song that borrowed some verses from the Qu’ran. Although the artist, Toumani Diabete, was Muslim himself and quoting another song from his home country of Mali, Muslim fans who picked up on the references were aghast. Sony removed the song’s offending lyrics before LittleBigPlanet’s European release, and it also recalled existing copies from worldwide retailers to replace them with the fixed version.

Although there hasn’t been an outcry about the Thailand stage — in part because it wasn’t available for all that long — it’s a reminder that borrowing something sacred to one culture for an irrelevant text can come with consequences. That’s not to say that’s the main reason for the stage’s removal, but it would be a striking coincidence.

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