Would you have purchased this severed torso statue? [UPDATED]
GAME NAME: Dead Island: Riptide
PUBLISHER(S): Deep Silver
PLATFORM(S): PC, PS3, Xbox 360
GENRE(S): First Person Survival
RELEASE DATE(S): 26 April 2013
Don't worry, you can't... any longer. (Update: Nope, spoke too soon... it's still on the market, if you're interested for some bizarre reason.)
Earlier today, Deep Silver announced a "Zombie Bait" edition of Dead Island: Riptide. Already, Deep Silver has said that the edition will be sold minus one piece. Care to guess what it is?
Yeah. Just a tad tasteless, right?
I think our News Editor, Bryce Wilson, put it best. "What a bizarre coincidence that the zombies killed an incredibly busty woman..."
Deep Silver quickly took to Twitter, revoking the statue when the gaming community went berserk over the tacky item. They had this to say:
A statement on the Zombie Bait Edition:
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.
Humourously, the apology makes no mention of the item being dropped, but we have it on good authority that the statue will never see the light of day.
Dead Island: Riptide will be available for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on 26 April 2013.