THE GAMES DEVELOPER of Dead Island, Deep Silver has apologised for a statue that it had planned to include in a limited edition release.
Dead Island is a zombie killing game and the statue was of a woman's torso, in a bikini, with its head and arms ripped off. Tasteful? No. Not really. So bad is this "Zombie Bait Edition" that it has pulled a 'sorry' out of the firm.
"We deeply apologize for any offense caused by the Dead Island Riptide 'Zombie Bait Edition', the collector's edition announced for Europe and Australia. 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," said the statement released by Deep Silver over Twitter.
"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."
Earlier the statue had been compared to great art, or "Dead Island's grotesque take on an iconic Roman marble torso sculpture", by the firm.
"Dead Island Riptide is one of the most anticipated releases of the year and is set to build on the original's reputation for OTT action, dark humour and brutal zombie bashing," said Paul Nicholls, sales and marketing director at Deep Silver.
"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 assume that the next time Deep Silver is about to release a statue of a dismembered, bikini clad woman, someone will step in and say, "Hold on a moment.. Let's reconsider this." µ
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