Get ready for an imminent Shaq attack, folks: Publisher Wired Productions and developers Saber Interactive and Big Deez Productions have announced that Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn will launch both physically and digitally worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC this spring.
Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is a sequel to 1994’s Shaq Fu which had basketball star Shaquille O’Neal fight demons and mummies in an alternate version of Japan.
The game wasn’t a particularly good one, but any game with such an outlandish premise was sure to find a following. And this following was so loyal that it raised $450,000 in 2014 in order to see the original Shaq Fu get a sequel. In fact, some people were so dedicated to the cause that they contributed in excess of $20,000 in order to meet Shaquille O’Neal in person.
As for the game itself, here is a description via Wired Productions:
“Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is an intense, action-packed beat ‘em up which sees players take on the role of the unstoppable Shaquille O’Neal as he fights his way through the hordes of hell and Hollywood. Master devastating combos, battle outlandish celebrity bosses and take on all comers with an array of weapons, including katanas, shuriken and baseball bats. Channel Shaq’s alter egos, Big Daddy O and Big Diesel, in epic battles in the successor to the worst game ever on a mission to restore Shaq’s legacy.”
Anyone who purchased NBA Playgrounds for the Nintendo Switch prior to June 10, 2017 will receive a free digital copy of Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn upon release.
It will be interesting to see how this game turns out considering how admittedly bad the original game was. At the very least, it looks like this game will serve as a decent 2D beat-em-up in a 3D engine which the team says will be “better than the old one.”
Let’s hope they’re right.
Watch the Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn trailer below: