Anyone who’s not seen it yet, the edition includes a 31cm tall gruesome statue of a headless bikini-wearing torso, which is certainly relevant to the game, but not quite for sending in the post to customers. You can just imagine the problems it would cause.
Here’s what Deep Silver said:
“We deeply apologise 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.”
No mention of pulling the entire collector’s edition or just removing the bloodied model. Removing the model seems like the best option, so maybe we’ll see some sort of acceptable replacement.