In a surprising move Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of the Kuma, which sneaked its way to sale with minimal fanfare in September, has been pulled from sale on all digital platforms.
CGMagOnline managed to speak to General Manager of Versus Evil, Steve Escalante, during the Montreal International Gaming Summit. He had this to say about the situation; “The game was a failure. 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.’”
Escalante also stated that, “if you look at the reviews, it wasn’t that the game was broken or buggy, people just didn’t like it,”.
The small amount of Steam reviews available list poor combat, bad optimisation, a lack of graphical options, shortness, unresponsive controls, random audio spikes and dips, unkillable enemies and much more.
Currently no details have been revealed about how the refunds will work.
It’s a surprising move to see a company willingly taking a game down from sale due to quality issues. Batman: Arkham Knight did something to this effect earlier this year, but it was re-released after Warner Bros. decided it had been fixed, although it’s far from it. Usually you’d expect to see a company keep a game on sale, regardless of quality, merely to try and recoup some of the development costs, but with Steam now offering its improved refund system it seems companies have to finally admit defeat when they publish sub-part titles.