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Shaquille O’Neal turns to Indiegogo to crowdfund Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn

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Posted on March 6, 2014 AT 11:56am

Shaquille O’Neal and new studio Big Deez Productions have turned to Indiegogo to help fund their attempt at righting the wrongs of 1994’s Shaq Fu with Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn.

According to the game’s Indiegogo page, Big Deez is comprised of industry veterans who’ve had a hand in Halo, Street Fighter, Final Fantasy, Alan Wake, Spec Ops: The Line, Battlefield, Killzone, Max Payne, Duke Nukem, among other “huge franchises.”

“I’ll admit it, Shaq Fu was a horrible game,” the basketball legend said in a press release. “I’m a huge fan of videogames and want to have my name associated with a Shaq Fu game that I’m proud of and would like to play. this is my second chance and it’s even better this time since I’m able to partner with the fans to make this happen.”

Like the original, A Legend Reborn will be a brawler, and by the looks of the two screenshots on the Indiegogo page, a 2.5D one (no mention of this or side-scrolling in any of the game’s descriptions). Players will be able to battle as Shaq, of course, but also the boss characters, who unlock upon their defeat. The new Shaq Fu will also feature co-op, “a wide variety” of melee and projectile weapons, and levels that span slums in Asian cities, skyscraper rooftops, dingy night clubs, and markets.

Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is being developed for PC, though mobile and console versions could come if the crowdfunding campaign reaches its $650,000 to $1,620,000 stretch goals. For more details, including the various contribution tiers and their respective awards, check out the game’s Indiegogo project page.

Source: Indiegogo

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