Do you remember Dead Island, Techland’s open-world zombie game? If so, good for you. Do you remember that Dead Island is going to have its successor released in three months under the name of Dead Island: Riptide? If you have forgotten, Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide publisher Deep Silver just announced the “Zombie Bait” edition of the game. In this edition, purchasers will receive the game, a steelbook case, collectible cards, an exclusive pack of weapon mods, and…well…take a look for yourself;
“We wanted to provide a unique collector’s edition that was utterly ‘Dead Island’ and would make a striking conversation piece on any discerning zombie gamer’s mantel.”
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.
Classy. If this isn't some extra-devious PR stunt, I'll probably lose my faith in just about everything. Who'd want to own that thing, anyway?
Would you feel any different if the statue had a [zombied] head on it and perhaps arms rather than being a sexist bust of a bust?
In Japan you can get figurines of a range of game- anime- manga- and original creations females with prepubescent faces, flat chests and tiny bikinis. Those figurines have heads and arms and manage to be plenty offensive.
Offensive, right? Sexploitation is sexploitation. I grow tired of the industry playing pick and choose with what is morally bankrupt, and what is A-OK. If this is not offensively exploitative, then the Hitman trailer was perfectly legit too.
Or both are examples of a games industry that still tries to pretend that only sex-starved teenage boys play games. You decide.
Sadly, I imagine that this will sell out.
Maybe a little. At least then it would actually be a figurine of sorts.
Also, my comment about not calling it sexist was about myself feeling under-qualified to judge anything as sexist. Being a middle-class white male American, I feel inadequate to judge certain things as sexist and racist as I am part of one of the most privileged group of people.
i really dont see whats so bad about it…see that in any zombie movie or games