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Deep Silver Apologise For Zombie Bait

Posted by GG Goblin On January - 16 - 2013

Well, it seems that yesterday’s announcement of Dead Island Riptide Zombie Bait Edition caused some offense due to the bikini-clad torso that was planned to be included. Apparently, Deep Silver are sorry…

 
I am sure that we all remember the furor that followed the release of the stunning trailer for the first Dead Island game. Well, it appears that Deep Silver have upset people again, to the point that they have released an apology on Twitter for the statue that was to be included in the European Collector’s Edition of the upcoming Dead Island Riptide. Here’s the picture of the Zombie Bait Edition -

 
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The apology reads as follows:

 

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.

 
Could it be that this was a publicity stunt? Possibly. Are Deep Silver going to withdraw this statue? No word on that yet. Were the complaints from people who would find the game “offensive” if they played it? Most likely. Was I offended? Nope. In fact, I planned on putting in my own pre-order – I think it is awesome. Let’s wait and see how this plays out…

 

1 Response so far
  1. Jess Said,

    Although some people may question why others are making such a big deal out of it, I think part of reason is that the larger gaming community see it as yet another example of sexism in the industry (i.e. The ‘Feminist Whore’ skill in Dead Island, the Hitman trailer featuring sexy nuns being bludgened, the backlash against Anita Sarkeesian).

    Personally I enjoyed the Dead Island game, but I get why people find the statue offensive; it’s not because it’s gruesome or scantily clad, but rather because it comes across as an attempt to give gamers something ’sexy’ by literally giving them breasts and breasts alone. It takes the whole ‘using women to sex up a game’ thing to the extreme, implying that the only valued component is a pair of in-tact breasts. -_-;

    Posted on January 16th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

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