Deep Silver has apologised for any offence caused by the statue of a mutilated, bikini-clad torso, which is included in the Dead Island Riptide: Zombie Bait Edition package.
"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," read a statement from the publisher.
"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.”
After the collector’s edition was revealed, a number of games industry members expressed their disgust at the gory torso on Twitter, with one calling it ‘not even remotely defensible’
The statement continued: "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."
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