And no, that’s not some underhanded punting for Namco Bandai’s ridiculously unforgiving Dark Souls – people who are buying Dead Island: Riptide are finding themselves with copies of Dark Souls instead.
The issue appears to be isolated to UK and Nordic territory retail copies of Riptide, which ship with a Steam activation code. Upon entering the code, Steam unlocks a copy of Dark Souls instead of Deep Silver’s latest zombie splatathon. Reports of this issue first cropped up on the Steam forums; Riptide’s publisher, Deep Silver, is aware of the problem.
“We are aware of this mix up by whoever printed these codes for a completely different game from a different publisher,” a Deep Silver rep said in a statement. “[We] are working on a best possible solution to help affected players and retailers.” For now, those affected need to contact Steam Support to get the problem rectified. That or they could just keep the arguably better title… if they’re into that whole self-punishment thing when it comes to gaming.