The first instalment of Afro Samurai 2's trilogy was atrocious beyond belief, so much so that it might actually be the worst game released this year. But like Ashes Cricket 2013, you might never be able to play it again — because it's being pulled from sale and the rest of the planned episodes have been summarily executed.
Rock Paper Shotgun has picked up that the general manager of Versus Evil, Steve Escalante, has declared that Afro Samurai 2 was such a spectacular failure that the publisher is actually going through the motions to return all the money they'd received from Sony.
It's from an interview with CG Mag Online, who got Escalante to open up about the game's disappearance from Steam as well. "The game was a failure. We could not do, in good conscience, volume 2 and volume 3," Escalante said. "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."
"We’re Versus Evil; a company perspective, from a partnership perspective and now we have to do it from a consumer perspective. So we pulled it down, because we didn’t want to exacerbate it any more and then we’re refunding the money."
RPS noted that this news wasn't carried on the Afro Samurai 2 website, the official Twitter, or its Steam page, which is probably a good indication of the game as a whole anyway. If you're unfortunate enough to have picked up the first episode, you can probably request a refund as well through Steam Support (even if you've played for more than two hours, although if that's the case you deserve a medal).