Offensive Dead Island special edition causes row

Leigh Harris
Offensive Dead Island special edition causes row

Deep Silver, the creator of Dead Island: Riptide, revealed the Zombie Bait Collector's Edition of the game today.

It had the usual swag as well as the usual statue, which came in the form of a disembodied, busty female torso which had been dismembered presumably by zombies.

While thematically appropriate, the timing for that kind of revelry depictions of female violence couldn't be worse coming off the back of an eventful 2012 along those same lines.

Deep Silver has since apologised for the offence caused via a Twitlonger post, stating the following:

“We deeply apologize for any offense caused by the Dead Island Riptide Zombie Bait Edition, the collector’s edition announced for Europe and Australia. Like many gaming companies, Deep Silver has many offices in different countries, which is why sometimes different versions of Collector’s Editions come into being for North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia."

“For the limited run of the Zombie Bait Edition for Europe and Australia, a decision was made to include a gruesome statue of a zombie torso, which was cut up like many of our fans had done to the undead enemies in the original Dead Island."

“We sincerely regret this choice."

Acknowledgement that the statue in question was that of a scantily clad female was notably absent, implying that the apology was for the gore rather than having added to the cavalcade of imagery of females being the object of violence.

At this late stage, it isn't known whether the Zombie Bait edition will continue as planned or not, and there's no word yet on whether or not the edition will make its way to Australia and New Zealand.

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Tags: deep silver , controversy , special edition , Dead Island: Riptide: Zombie Bait edition

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