Afro Samurai 2; Revenge of Kuma Volume 1 will be launching on Xbox One on October 9th.
It will be the first of three volumes that will be released, each volume with its own distinct story arc, characters and combat styles for you to master. Each Volume will also contain a soundtrack created by up and coming hip hop artists who have been produced and mentored by RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan.
“Having worked on the original Afro Samurai video game, I am thrilled that we were able to collaborate with the same creative team once again to bring this vision to life. Having original creator Takashi Okasaki, music director RZA as well as some of the original acting talent, like Phil Lamar involved has been a blessing and we’ve been humbled by their commitment to this franchise,” commented Dave Robinson, President and Lead Producer on the game. “It’s been a labour of love for all involved and we really think that fans world-wide will truly appreciate and love where we have taken this story.”
Each Volume will be available to purchase separately or there will be an option to purchase a bundle of all three, similar to what Telltale have done with The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.
“As an indie publisher, it’s not every day that you get to launch a game with an indie studio that folds in a manga license with a cult following, supported by a music icon RZA and a 15 time NY Times bestselling author Jim DeFelice” said Steve Escalante, General Manager at Versus Evil. “However, the indie team at Redacted Studios proved they had the passion and determination to do it justice and we are incredibly proud to be able to launch this game with them. Afro Samurai will be our first multi-platform launch and we are excited to get this onto the big screens at home.”
Versus Evil is also soliciting submissions for the Submit Your Track contest, where up and coming hip hop artists can create their own original Afro Samurai inspired music track for use in a future game soundtrack. The deadline for all submissions is October 7th, 2015. Full details of the contest and submission instructions can be found here.