Dead Island Special Edition Includes the Headless Bikini Statue Anyway

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Just because Deep Silver apologized profusely for Dead Island: Riptide's rather tasteless "Zombie Bait Edition" premium—a severed, bloodied, big-boobed bikini-clad torso—doesn't mean they actually pulled it from distribution.

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The statuette is still included in special editions sold in Europe and Australia. Back in January, when the offer came to light, Deep Silver all but disowned the item, saying "we sincerely regret this choice," that they were "deeply sorry" and "committed to making sure this will never happen again." Still, the statement did not explicitly say the premium would be removed.

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Amazon listings in the UK continue to show images of the bloody torso up (it arrives in that market on Friday.) Some have already received their special editions and are posting images of the torso on Twitter.

Yesterday, I emailed a representative of Koch Media, parent company of Deep Silver, with questions as to why the publisher went forward with this premium despite its professed embarrassment and the public ridicule the statuette caused. I received no answers. CNET's Australian edition quoted a statement from Koch Media, Deep Silver's parent, saying "an extremely limited quantity of the Zombie Bait edition has been made available to some retailers for those customers who wish to purchase it," in Australia.

Image via @AussieGamerChic

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Shouldn't have apologized in the first place, in my opinion. Is the statue maybe not everyone's taste? Sure, I'll concede that. Here's an idea: if you don't like it, don't buy it. I'm all for sensitivity to toward people's feelings and whatnot but in some instances people need to just lighten up. It's a game about zombies, after all, on an island, where people would wear bikinis. Good likelihood that someone wearing a bikini would become a zombie. The whole "I don't like it so it shouldn't exist" mindset needs to go away. I'm glad they left it in, personally.