Its a sad day if you're an Afro Samurai fan as the game's second installment has fallen on its sword before the fight even began.

Despite only just being released, and with two more episodes planned for later, Afro Samura: The Revenge of Kuma has been pulled from Steam.

The most likely reason? It turned out to be a failure.

Every single critic or user review I could find on the game has been overwhelmingly negative, citing audio issues, terrible camera, overuse of cutscenes, short length and boring combat... yikes.

Versus Evil, the developers, were clearly aware of this because the game was pulled from steam with great haste but I was interested in what their response to the whole thing was so I took a look.

Nothing, that's what I found, absolutely nothing.

I poured over their website, their steam page, their twitter and facebook but there was simply nothing new. It wasn't until I started looking through older news that I found an interview one of the Versus Evil guys did with GC Magazine.

It would appear the game isn't just being pulled from Steam, its being recalled completely. Here's what the General Manager Steve Escalante had to say:

"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'.

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 anymore and then we’re refunding the money.”

As a programmer myself I really feel for Versus Evil right now, to pour your heart and soul in to something only to have it end up so badly is devastating, both financially and emotionally.

And given the interview quote above I doubt the Steam release was even supposed to happen but maybe they were contractually obligated to launch the game or maybe they just forgot to take it down.

Either way Steam refunds should still be in effect for people that bought it so unless you want to have the "prestige" of owning a bad game I'd suggest you take Steam up on the offer and get your money back.