Zombie fans get ready because Deep Silver have announced a new collector’s edition of Dead Island: Riptide just for the Xbox 360. The Dead Island Zombie Bait Edition is a strictly limited edition being released when the game launches in the UK on 26th April 2013, and the centre piece of this edition is a resin statue. Dead Island had its own grotesque take on the iconic Roman marble torso statue, complete with bite marks. Measuring 31cm high and 18.5cm wide, each statue is hand painted and depicts the grisly remains of Palanai Island’s infected. Definitely a figure you want on your mantelpiece.
There will be a strictly limited production of these editions, and as well as the figure you get a steelbook edition of the game, collectible artwork cards and an exclusive pack of weapon mods that give you more fun ways to dismember the undead. It’s been rumoured to cost around £99.99 and it’s something avid horror fans will appreciate.
Deep Silver have offered an official apology for fans who have been offended by the above figurine. Comments have ranged from “what the heck were they thinking” and “that’s pretty messed up” to women calling the figurine sexist as there isn’t a male edition being released at the same time. The official apology from their Twitter is as follows:
“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.”
Dead Island: Riptide comes out 26th April 2013 for Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC and you can check out the official site for more information.
So what do you guys think about this latest apology? It’s an 18 game, so why shouldn’t it have an 18 rated figure? Give us a comment, whether you were offended by the bust or whether you thought it was a laugh.