Deep Silver Apologizes for Statue in Dead Island Riptide Zombie Bait Edition

A special edition of Dead Island Riptide announced today has put publisher Deep Silver in some hot water with fans for some extras that many consider incredibly tasteless and gross. Deep Silver announced this morning the Dead Island: Riptide Zombie Bait Edition, which comes with a myriad of extras including a statue of a bloody headless and armless bikini clad female torso wearing the Union Jack colors. Another special edition of the game called the "Rigor Mortis" edition comes packed with zombie hula girl bobble figurine, a zombie arm bottle opener, and a wooden keychain. These special releases of the game are only for Europe and Australia.

The special release featuring the female torso statue was immediately ridiculed by many in the community, forcing the publisher to issue an apology.

"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. We are collecting feedback continuously from the Dead Island community, as well as the international gaming community at large, for ongoing internal meetings with Deep Silver's entire international team today. For now, we want to reiterate to the community, fans and industry how deeply sorry we are, and that we are committed to making sure this will never happen again."

Deep Silver did not say if they still plan to sell the statue or not at this point.

Source: Kotaku, image via Kotaku / Gawker Media.

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    MechaTama31 says:

    Hey, buddy.  What you said, and what AE based his response on, was "a show aimed at that demographic", not "a show where they rape little kids for real".  Those are entirely different things, and if you meant actually raping kids, then you chose a very obtuse and indecipherable way to express that.  AE doesn't have psychic powers.  There's no excuse for flying off the handle like you did.

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    What?  Were you talking about a show where real people rape other real people in front of a crowd of real people?  If so, well of course that's completely different and absolutely should not be allowed no matter how many people would enjoy it.  I thought you were talking about sculptures, paintings, novellas and other forms of fictional representation.

    Give me some credit, Jack.  Jeez.


    Andrew Eisen

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    bluelightrevival says:

    That was not what he was saying.

    You do realize that statutory rape and what Sandusky did are two different things. Statutory rape is not forcible rape and is usually done with teens not 9 year olds. Hell there are 14 year olds in jail for statutory rape when all they did was have consensual sex with there 13 year old GFs. People like you who jump on the bandwagon end up putting those innocents in jail.

    Also watch the language man.

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    Scott1701c says:

    "Doesn't mean there shouldn't."


    Are you FUCKING kidding me. You are insane enough to think STATUTORY RAPE should be permitted because "its not hurting anyone"


    Go FUCK YOUR SELF. I know people who were raped and people like you help the rapist get away with it. Just like Sandusky.

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    Longjocks says:

    Morality and ethics do not enter into this. Selling a zombified or dismembered statue is not a moral issue.

    I do agree with one point – maybe make male and female statues. If they only wanted to pay for one cast then I wonder why female was chosen…

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    "While you are right that some people don't have a problem with it…"

    I'd wager most people don't have a problem with it.  And I'm talking the vast, vast, vast majority of gamers.  But you're right, the number of people who do or do not have a problem with it doesn't make it moral/ethical or not.

    Personally, I don't see how a statue of something that's in the game (muitilated, bikini-clad zombies) is immoral or unethical.  Gross?  Sure.  Tasteless?  Okay.  But so is the game so it seems rather appropriate to me.

    "Just because some guy doesn't have a problem with having sex with minors, doesn't mean there should be a show aimed at that demographic."

    Doesn't mean there shouldn't.  As long as it's not hurting anybody and the demographic exists, then I see no reason not to.

    "Why couldn't the body be of a guy…"

    It could.  It's just not.  Why do you ask?  Is a mutilated male torso okay but a female torso is not?

    "…why does Deep Silver continue to allow itself to be seen as a containing a culture of misogyny."

    It's not.  Hense the apology.


    Andrew Eisen

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    MechaTama31 says:

    What the hell is the matter with some people?  How does somebody end up so self-centered that they think if they don't like something, they have the right to prevent anyone else from having it?  If you don't want a bikini-clad dismembered corpse on your shelf (hey, I'm right there with ya on that one), then do what I'm going to do:  not buy it!

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    Mrxknown_JG says:

    While you are right that some people don't have a problem with it, that doesn't mean it was a moral and ethical choice for them to do it.

    Just because some guy doesn't have a problem with having sex with minors, doesn't mean there should be a show aimed at that demographic.

    Yes that is an extreme example. But the point remains, sometimes it just isn't worth doing something tasteless and offensive.

    Why couldn't the body be of a guy, why does Deep Silver continue to allow itself to be seen as a containing a culture of misogyny.


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    Andrew Eisen says:

    Oh stop apologizing.  It's fine.

    Anyone that doesn't like it doesn't have to foot the extra dough for the special edition.  Do try to keep in mind the thoughts and feelings of the less-vocal though no-doubt numerous gamers who think it's cool.


    Andrew Eisen

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