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Dead Island: Riptide Zombie Bait Edition Ships Despite the Controversy
Dead Island: Riptide is once again causing a controversy by releasing a number of Zombie Bait collectible editions to AU and UK retailers. Deep Silver previously encountered a massive amount of backlash regarding their collectors edition. Why? Because it featured a mutilated female torso in a Union Jack bikini. Some people believed it was simply tasteless, while others claimed it was sexist. Where was the hunky male equivalent for ladies? They argued that the figure highly sexualised women in general (as if some games don’t already do that enough) and this prompted a quick apology from Deep Silver:
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.
Despite this uproar Deep Silver have decided to ship a number of Dead Island: Riptide Zombie Bait Editions to AU and UK retailers, showing that the apology was not a retraction of the edition. A Deep Silver spokesperson told CNET the following statement:
An extremely limited quantity of the Zombie Bait edition has been made available to some retailers for those customers who wish to purchase it.
Dead Island: Riptide sees the survivors of Banoi once again fighting hordes of the undead in their second battle for life against death. Believing they were safe, everything quickly goes to hell after our survivors land on a military ship which is hit by a furious storm. Talk about bad luck. Take to the city of Henderson and jungle areas on the island of Palanai in the bloodiest fight of your life yet. If you haven’t got your copy yet and you’re still curious, you can read the Leviathyn preview and can even have a sneaky peek at the achievements list to plan ahead for your adventures.
While I can see why some people may see the Zombie Bait figurine to be sexist, I can also see it from the other side of the fence. Deep Silver wanted to create a collector’s edition that was “totally unique” and would encompass the horror you’ll experience in the game. To people scared of zombie games this will be pretty terrifying. To me it’s just a pretty cool collectible figure which will look great on my window. Yes it might show a woman’s dismembered chest with a bikini. But if I’m pretty honest, the game itself will feature much more gruesome scenes than that, and I can’t wait to grab myself a copy. It wouldn’t matter whether it was a female torso or a male, they’ll still look the same if they’ve been munched on by a zombie.
If you don’t like the figure then I wouldn’t recommend buying the Dead Island: Riptide Zombie Bait Edition.
Dead Island: Riptide is available to buy now in North America and Australia and will be available in the EU and globally from the 26th April 2013 on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.