Slated for release on Sept. 22, the next installment of the cult favorite Afro Samurai will be hacking its way onto the Playstation 4 according to a blog on the Playstation site. Titled Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of the Kuma, the September 22 release will be “volume 1,” the first part of a three-volume episodic series.
According to the blog, Playstation gamers (“and only Playstation gamers”) will even get access to a special discount on the three-game series for a 20% (30% for Playstation Plus members) discount.
No release date was announced for Volumes 2 and 3 in the series.
Afro Samurai started out back in 1999 as a self-funded manga created by Takashi Okazaki and serialized in the “avant-garde dojinshi manga magazine” Nou Nou Hau until May 2000. It has since become an animé series, a film (“Afro Samura: Resurrection,” produced by Samuel L. Jackson, who also voices the main character in both the movie and the series) and a video game, which was released in 2009 for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
Okazaki said the series was inspired by his love of soul and hip hop music and American media. It follows the life of the titular main character (that’s right, he’s called Afro) who witnessed his father’s murder and seeks revenge. A pretty standard plot, but what set it apart from the crowd was its stylistic design, over the top violence and gore, and its appeal to the same culture that inspired its creation.
The first game of the Afro Samurai series was a 3D brawler/platformer and was released to mixed reviews, most on the right side of average (but a few falling into a negative light). It featured a cell-shaded art style and boasted the same acting cast as the television series and movie, including Samuel L. Jackson as Afro, Lucy Liu, and Mark Hamill.
Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma is also expected to be released on XBox One and PC after the PS4 exclusive launch on September 22. It is being developed by indie studio Redacted and follows up on the ending of the first game where it turns out that Kuma, a “cybernetically-enhanced killing machine with a bear’s head” may not be as dead as he seemed.
It’s a third-person combat game on steroids, with a bit of Tomb Raider-type exploration in it, and a whole lot of hack and slash fighting with visceral, bloody finishing moves. It’s not for the faint of heart.
Each of the game’s three volumes claims to have its own arch, characters and even combat styles and is set to feature a soundtrack with tracks by “up and coming indie hip hop artists,” overseen by RZA of the Wu-Yang Clan (who was instrumental in the music for the original series).
It was also announced that Okazaki is having a hand in this follow up to the series’ original plot.
The Redacted team is using manga drawn scenes to tell some amazing stories. These scenes add the drama, emotion, and violence in a way that fits right in with the Afro vibe. They come in as small cells, pop-ups, or full screen images as you progress through the game. It’s been many years since Okazaki-san has completed some new Afro images and the fans are going to love it!
Keep an eye open for Afro Samurai 2 on September 22 for Playstation 4…and Only Single Player for more great single player news and features. In the meantime, are you a fan of the series? Are you looking forward to seeing it continued? Or was enough enough when Afro slayed Kuma all those years ago? Sound off in the comments below.