Exa-Arcadia released a brand-new trailer for upcoming one-on-one fighter Axel City 2 on May 24, showing off more retro-inspired gameplay than ever before. Strangely enough, the trailer is currently unlisted on YouTube, meaning viewers can only access it via a direct link.
“Axel City 2 brings together over 40 playable characters in a post-apocalyptic world to determine who will survive,” the official game listing states. “Unlike other recent fighters, VS play is available with only 1 PCB and software kit.”
According to previous reporting by Arcade Heroes, we last heard about Axel City 2 during the Exa-Arcadia livestream at JAEPO 2019. The excitement for this ‘90s-themed fighter, the sequel to a 2007 PC outing, seems fairly palpable.
This isn’t the only Exa-Arcadia trailer that’s mysteriously vanished in recent months. The Nippon Marathon announcement trailer has since been made private, whereas the Kung Fu Vs. Karate Champ announcement trailer can only be found on the Arcade Belgium channel.
The only fully public videos on the Exa-Arcadia YouTube channel are direct captures of Shikondo Red Purgatory and The Kung Fu Vs. Karate Champ featuring Japanese voice over. (I haven’t learned Japanese in school yet to properly parse through these.)
I don’t know for certain why these trailers have been pulled, but my guess is they represent older builds that no longer accurately reflect the current products. Perhaps Exa-Arcadia doesn’t want to confuse interested buyers and/or players.
As for the Axel City 2 trailer, I can’t think of a single good reason why the company would want to limit exposure to a game they soon intend to release. I suppose they could thrust the trailer back into the light once Axel City 2 is available to purchase.