Dead Island: Riptide announces limited edition bikini torso, immediately apologises for it

Dead Island: Boobtide

By on January 16, 2013 at 11:51 am

Overnight, Deep Silver announced a limited edition of Dead Island: Riptide and revealed that it would come with, among other things, a “grotesque take on an iconic Roman bust”. Or, in other words, a statue of… some boobs. In a bikini. With a bunch of skin flayed off.

This naturally drew the ire of basically everybody who saw it, and Deep Silver have now issued an apology for the statue, saying “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.”

Genuinely poor judgement, or calculated marketing stunt? We may never know.

38 comments (Leave your own)

looks cool to me


I’m not offended


God-dayum! Best limited edition accessory I’ve ever seen.


They should stand their ground and keep it.
People have the choice of not buying the limited edition after all. :P

It’s nice to see Techland/Deep Silver hitting it big with this franchise, I thought they might have gone bust after they released Chrome and then dropped into obscurity.
Thankfully Dead Island sold 5+ million copies, so they have no excuse for the excessive bugs this time around. :)


Who wants to bet the bulk of people whinging about it aren’t even people who would play the game.


Do want!

Though I prefer natural to silicon…


This is only cool if there is a male and female one available…


No different to the images depicted in the game…..

Obviously not suitable for youngin’s though.

James Pinnell

Seriously guys? This is not only creepy as hell (not in a scary, zombie way, but a sex/gore psychopath sort of way) but it’s also incredibly tacky. Who would want this in their house?


I don’t see this as creepy or tacky. And why the sex/gore psychopath relation? are you saying seeing this makes you want to have sex with a statue? Cause it aint doing that for me.


James Pinnell,

plus it looks like a sex toy.
@Kinky see above

James Pinnell

I don’t see this as creepy or tacky. And why the sex/gore psychopath relation? are you saying seeing this makes you want to have sex with a statue? Cause it aint doing that for me.

Yeah, you read into that statement in entirely the wrong way.

The sexualisation of violence is pretty much where I draw my personal line. But I’m sure this thing wouldn’t sell if it was was just a torn shirt.


Would keep it next to the front door for the annoying door knockers to see

James O'Connor

Arguing that the statue is fine because you don’t want to have sex with it, and trying to turn the argument around by suggesting that James does, is ridiculous. Saying ‘hey this is sexualised’ isn’t so much revealing one’s true colours as it is pointing out the bleeding obvious.


James Pinnell,

Completely agree, was about to say the same thing. It’s just simply fricken weird and disturbing. If common sense was more common this wouldn’t have even been a thing.


If they remove this there goes any chance of me buying it


James Pinnell,

Maybe I did read into your statement wrong. But I wasn’t the one who initially broached the subject.

This entire ‘thing’ as exe3 puts it, simply comes down to a subjective view of an object. Some people see it weird and disturbing, sex/gore related etc. some people don’t have a problem with it. Common sense would actually be knowing this from the get go.


Marketing genius at its best…



Come on, just hit Ye’old google up and find something that does not offend you… like cats… or trees…. damn xD

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