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Shaq-Fu sequel confirmed after reaching crowdfunding target
NBA legend Shaquille ‘Shaq’ O’Neil has secured funding for a sequel to the infamously terrible Sega Mega Drive and SNES game Shaq-Fu.
The follow-up, titled Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn, scraped past it’s crowdfunding target this week, raising $473,884 from more than 1,300 backers. That includes the one donor who paid $35,000 to have Shaq DJ at their house party.
How has he done this?
As well as being a very sizeable man whom it’s difficult to say no to, Shaq teamed up with Big Deez Productions – a new development studio whose members have been involved in such games as Halo, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. Shaq could of course fund the game himself – and he is investing large amounts of his own money – but the team says its goal is to make the games that fans want to see made, using crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo to serve as a ‘green light’.
Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn promises to be the game that the original should have been, with state of the art graphics and gameplay described as ‘Streets of Rage meets Devil May Cry’. You can see some of that gameplay below;
Just how bad was the original Shaq-Fu?
Really, really bad. In fact, Shaq-Fu was considered such an abomination by gamers that an entire website was dedicated to the destruction of all copies of the game. The Shaq Liberation Front take its mission quite seriously, buying up the remaining cartridges to ‘remove the burden and embarrassment’ others may feel should they buy it.
As you may expect, the SLF are outraged at news of the Shaq-Fu sequel. An official statement reads: “The development of a sequel to Shaq Fu is an affront to human dignity and represents a threat to peace and stability all over the world.” Harsh.