Earlier this year, players were able to don their afros and their katanas once more in the episodic-based Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma, though unfortunately for Afro Samurai fans it appears its legacy has been cut short with the cancellation of future installments of the series.
Speaking in an interview with CGMagazine, publisher Versus Evil’s general manager Steve Escalante confirmed that Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma has been cancelled, with the future installments of the series no longer in development and the game being removed from sale on Steam, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live.
Escalante detailed openly on Afro Samurai 2 that “The game was a failure. We could not do, in good conscience, volume 2 and volume 3,” with Escalante continuing further into the interview that refunds for the title will be distributed as the game is being removed from sale:
“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 – Volume 1 was originally released in September for PS4 and PC, with the Xbox One version of the first episode having released in October. However, since then the second and third volumes of the game have since been cancelled, with Escalante citing the title’s poor reviews and audience reception as the factors in discontinuing the series.