Remember that tasteless, sexist Dead Island: Riptide statue that was all boobs and (literally) no head? You know, the one Deep Silver apologized for? Yeah, it’s still a thing.
Despite apologizing for their controversial Dead Island: Riptide Zombie Bait Edition after tremendous online outcry about what a disfigured, headlines representation of a woman whose massive boobs are not only intact, but the focal point of the statue, the “bonus” item is still available for purchase in Europe and Australia.
Editorial Aside: For those of you not well-versed in gender theory, the statue objectifies women, reducing their value and worth to solely sexual appeal. I would say this would be comparable to releasing a statue of a male torso that’s only pecs and abs, but the truth is men do not have the loaded history of shitty representation women have dealt with for, oh, all of time.
In the wake of the immediate backlash back in January, Deep Silver issued an apology, stating:
“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.”
I suppose “again” did mean it was still going to happen.
According to a Koch Media representative speaking to CNET Australia, the Zombie Bait editions are only available “in extremely limited quantity” for “those customers who wish to purchase it.
Nothing says smart business decision like stirring up more controversy the week your—according to reviews chief Ray Carsillo’s review—less-than-impressive game launches.