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Afro Samurai 2 Video Developer Deems Title A Failure, Issues Refunds


Afro Samurai 2 Revenge of Kuma Visual 001 - 20151121I have to admit: it takes guts to stand up and admit failure.

Earlier this week, Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of the Kuma was pulled from sale on all online stores, including Sony’s PlayStation Store, Microsoft’s XBox Marketplace, and Valve’s Steam platform.

Developer Versus Evil explained the title’s disappearance in an interview with CGMagazine. According to general manager Steve Escalante, the title was “a failure.” The studio ceased production on the planned second and third installments of the series, and is issuing refunds to customers who purchased the game.

Escalante elaborated on the decision, stating the following:

We could not do, in good conscience, volume 2 and volume 3. So we’ve begun the process, it’s been a long process to figure it out because Sony has never really had to do this in this way, but we’re returning all the money. So across the board we’re putting out an apology saying ‘sorry about this,’

Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma hit the PlayStation Store and Steam in September, and the XBox One Marketplace a month later. Two additional chapters were planned for release, which would include unique plots, combat systems, and lead characters. The game was universally panned on release, earning an aggregated 21/100 from review outlets.

Source: Gamespot

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