Afro Samurai Game Gets Release Date

We’ve been informed that the video game based on the popular Spike TV animated series Afro Samurai will be available for Xbox360 and PlayStation 3 on Jan. 27, 2009. The title aims to deliver a stylized, hip-hop-infused interactive episode that allows players to join Afro in his epic hunt to avenge the murder of his father. Series stars Samuel L. Jackson, Ron Pearlman and Kelly Hu reprise their voice roles for the game from NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

Created by manga artist Takashi Okazaki, the Afro Samurai series is produced by Japanese studio GONZO in association with GDH K.K, and features original music by RZA from Wu-Tang Clan. The property will return to Spike TV in January with Afro Samurai: Resurrection, an original movie featuring the voice of Emmy-nominated actress Lucy Liu (Kung Fu Panda, Kill Bill). In Resurrection, the antihero is forced to pick up his sword again to take on an army of deadly foes when his father’s body is stolen from the grave. Liu voices the role of Sio, a beautiful, seductive and sadistic mastermind plotting to destroy Afro Samurai. Other cast members include Mark Hamill (Star Wars) as Bin, Sio’s manservant and protector, and Yuri Lowenthal as Kuma, the teddy bear-headed warrior from the original Afro Samurai series.

The video game promises to deliver a striking art style and an innovative gameplay system where RZA’s music affects the enemy AI and the tone of the gameplay. Gamers can also look forward to stylistic, acrobatic combat as Afro dynamically slices and dismembers enemies with ease.