Afro Samurai 2: The Revenge of Kuma, the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC game based on the Samuel L. Jackson-starring anime, has been removed from Steam and the PlayStation Store. The reason for the pull? Because, according to developer Versus Evil's general manager Steve Escalante, the game is "a failure."
This is because Afro Samurai 2 received middling reviews, which Escalante named as the primary reason to refund dissatisfied customers. He told Comics Gaming Magazine that "if you look at the reviews, it wasn't that the game was broken or buggy, people just didn't like it," he said.
Originally planned as the first volume of a series of games, Escalante explained that the studio "could not do, in good conscience, volume 2 and volume 3," based on the game's reception.
Anyone who bought the game off the PlayStation Store or Steam will receive a refund for their purchase. The refunding program has "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."
It's a move Escalante thinks is necessary, in the interest of serving the consumer a superior product. "So across the board we're putting out an apology saying ‘sorry about this.'"