Publisher Deep Silver issued an apology Tuesday following the uproar over the Dead Island: Riptide “Zombie Bait Edition” statue of a dismembered female torso in a skimpy bathing suit.
The publisher was hit from media and gamers alike over its gruesome depiction of a women’s body which the was supposed to be based on Roman art according to a press statement. At a time with heightened attention being paid to both violence and misogyny in games, the statuette was seen to be inappropriate and tawdry.
The statement from the publisher issued over Twitter reads as follows.
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.
The tone of the apology makes it sound as if the statue will not be sold but this is not directly stated.