Despite apologizing about the controversial decision to include a severed torso statue as part of the special edition for Dead Island: Riptide, publisher Deep Silver appears to have gone ahead and shipped it with UK and Australian versions of the game, as reported by Kotaku.
The bust was first revealed this past January, where it drew massive criticisms for being sexist and generally distasteful. Deep Silver issued the following apology:
A statement on the Zombie Bait Edition:
We deeply apologize for any offense caused by the Dead Island Riptide “Zombie Bait Edition”, the collector’s edition announced for Europe and Australia. 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.
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.
Sincere, yes, but if you look closely, Deep Silver never stated that they wouldn’t be including the torso, just that they were very, very sorry about it. It’s implied by being apologetic about it, but never proclaimed outright. I went to communications school for four years to learn how to avoid writing somewhat deceptive copy like this, so I’m a little miffed at myself for not picking up on it sooner. It’s a clever little writing trick, drawing attention away from whether or not you’ll follow through with something by apologizing about it, even if you plan on doing it anyway.
It’s a bad move for a game that’s already getting poor reviews, especially since Deep Silver is working on the highly-anticipated Saint’s Row IV. I know my confidence in the publisher is a little shaken at this point, and I would imagine other gamers who are sensitive to sexism may feel the same way.