It's been less than a day since Deep Silver announced the "Zombie Bait Edition" of Dead Island Riptide, and already the publisher has had to issue an apology. The collector's edition of the Dead Island sequel was advertised this morning with an incredibly creepy and gruesome statue of a woman's mutilated torso, protruding fake breasts and all. This caused some complaints, and the company issued the following statement on Twitter:
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.
As we see it the issue here is that the dismembered female torso statue in question is not a zombie; it's just the corpse of a murdered woman, and it's been blatantly sexualized, to boot. If it was a statue of a zombie we'd gladly display it on a shelf—having a head would have helped with that—but as it is, it leaves a rotten taste in our mouths.
What do you think? Is this a whole bunch of controversy over nothing, or do people have a right to complain in this case?