Dead Island: Riptide UK Collector’s Edition Is Upsetting People

Dead Island: Riptide UK Collector's Edition

The “Zombie Bait” edition of Deep Silver’s Dead Island: Riptide has been revealed. The special edition, which includes a mutilated female torso missing its arms and head is causing quite a bit of… discussion on the internet.

Some are appalled at the fact that it’s a female torso, making note of  discussions last year regarding gender in the games industry. Others simply think it’s “gross”. Currently on Twitter, it is being stressed that “this is only for EU/AU markets”. North America will get the “Rigor Mortis” edition which seems quite a bit more tame including a small zombie hula girl bobble figurine and a severed hand bottle opener/refrigerator magnet.

Gross collectables having to do with zombie culture aren’t anything new, but do you feel this crosses the line? Let us know in the comments below!

UPDATE: Deep Silver has released a statement regarding the Zombie Bait edition which you can view after the jump.

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.