Following a slew of complaint pages on its forums, Dead Island's publisher Deep Silver has admitted publishing an "incorrect version" of the game on Steam. The 14-page-strong list of complaints posted on Steam's forums included reports of broken controls and numerous incidents of freezing and crashing.
The poor quality of Dead Island's initial release led to widespread speculation that the company had accidentally released a development build, rather than the finished game.
The statement subsequently posted on Deep Silver's Facebook page lent credence to this theory: "We deeply regret that an incorrect version of Dead Island was inadvertently made available to players on Steam launch in North America.
"We are very sorry for any issues you may have experienced while playing the game. The correct, patched version will be made available to North American players ASAP. Other territories are not affected by this situation, the fully patched game will be available on Friday as announced," read Deep Silver's official statement.
The company later confirmed that it had released the correct version for download writing: "North American PC users: The correct version of Dead Island is now live. Please check our news update at the link for further info. Thank you very very much for your patience and understanding!"