Street Fighter Replaces Giant Jesus Statue With... Soccer Trophy?

Street Fighter Replaces Giant Jesus Statue With... Soccer Trophy?

Cristo Redentor, the giant statue of Jesus that towers above the city of Rio de Janeiro, is one of the world's great landmarks. It won't be appearing in Street Fighter V, though, after Capcom decided to swap it out and replace it with...a monstrous replica of what sure looks like the FIFA World Cup trophy.

Laura, a new character for the fighting game, is Brazilian, and her stage is pretty clearly set on the streets of Rio. You can see in stills taken from a trailer released today that where Cristo Redentor is kinda-supposed to be (this stage is a caricature of Rio, not an exact replica), there's:

Street Fighter Replaces Giant Jesus Statue With... Soccer Trophy?

Which sure looks a lot like:

Street Fighter Replaces Giant Jesus Statue With... Soccer Trophy?

Which, for the unsporting among you, is the trophy handed out to the winner of FIFA's World Cup. I mean, it's not a perfect replica — that would have been a licensing issue, since EA owns the video game rights to the World Cup — but being Brazil, and Brazil having won the World Cup five times, the point is pretty clear.

It's not like it's some hidden Easter Egg kinda deal, either; you can see it for almost the entire match, as it's the most prominent feature in the background.

What a weird thing to do! It's not like the statue hasn't featured in other games (like Civilisation V, where you actively build it for perks). Some might even see it as a slight troll; while Brazil is famous for its football, and held the World Cup on home soil last year, it didn't exactly go well for the hosts.

Note that in previous games, plenty of big landmarks have remained intact, from Mount Rushmore (SF1) and the Chrysler Building (SF Alpha 2) in the US to the giant Reclining Buddha — a religious icon, much like Cristo Redentor — that's the star of Sagat's stage in SF2.

Street Fighter Replaces Giant Jesus Statue With... Soccer Trophy?

Comments

    I suspect that Capcom didn't want to (or were unable to) license the statue's likeness from the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro. Yes, the statue is covered by copyright.

    As you say, it's the most prominent feature in the background; being more than an incidental representation might contribute to licensing issues.

    Perhaps Capcom did have the real statue in place originally, but had to swap in a generic alternative late in development to keep the lawyers at bay...

    Regardless, the stage is beautiful. I love the colour palettes in SFV so far. The best one in SFIV was the one in the savannah.

    And that SFII shot reminds me of the best stage: the Thailand stage in Alpha, at the top of this page: http://slateman.net/images/gaming/backgrounds/sfz/

    Gorgeous.

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