Dead Island Riptide Collector’s Edition Has Semi-Nude Female Torso [Apology Update]
The sequel Dead Island Riptide will receive an exclusive Xbox 360 Collector’s Edition in Europe that is quite the eye catcher. The limited offer dubbed the Zombie Bait Edition is available for preorder now and prominently features a dismembered female torso. It will be available along with the game’s release on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC on April 26, 2013.
This prime bust display will be hand painted with dimensions of 31cm height and 18.5cm width. The bust has minimal cover in form of a Union Jack bikini. Additionally, the limited edition comes with exclusive weapon pack downloads, a steelbook and exclusive artwork. Despite being up for preorder, according to Deep Silver owner Koch Media, there is no price given in the press release, though some quick searching reveals an article on CollectorsEdition.org that mentions a €120 price. Also, the site there points towards this model being available for all platforms, not just Xbox 360. More so, the pictures in that article show that the flag bikini was originally a Stars and Stripes model. We can only speculate whether this was altered due to being too spicy for American audiences or because of a resemblance towards Dead or Alive’s star Tina, which has a similar iconic getup.
However, what is certain is that publications are pissed. Articles such as on RockPaperShotgun have denounced the “really disgusting” edition. Words like “inexcusable” and “outrageously stupid” are posted further on in that item as well, which stands as an example for several other articles online.
How do you feel about this limited edition? Is it pure and sickening objectification or is it no different than other busts that represent the human form in a similar way? Let us know in the comments below.
Update: Publisher Deep Silver has already come out with an apology on Twitter. The message states that they are “committed to making sure this will never happen again.” It however does not state whether or not these items will still be made available for fans that would want a collector’s item.