Shaq is back: New Shaq Fu fighting game reaches funding goal

Crowdfunding campaign ends with $473,884; game coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and PC.

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Shaq is back. The Indiegogo campaign for Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn ended last night at midnight, closing above its original $450,000 goal with $473,884 from 1,340 total backers.

The game is in development at Big Deez Productions in association with Shaquille O'Neal himself. "We're so excited to be working with you all. You've made this experience a real joy," the studio said in an update to its Indiegogo page. "A sincere and heartfelt thank you to all of you."

Now that Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is fully funded, Big Deez is gearing up to enter full production, the developer said. The studio will also launch a platform where backers can contribute ideas and suggestions for the game. Big Deez also plans to release "developer diary" videos to keep backers up to date with how development is progressing.

"Our success is on your shoulders. You have made this happen for all of us and we're thrilled to have had your passion and support from start to finish," the studio said. "Our promise still stands: This time we won't Fu it up!"

Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is in development for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and PC. Stretch goals for iOS/Android ($650,000) and 3DS/PlayStation Vita ($960,000) were not met. It is a sequel to the 1994 2D fighting game, and while there's no release date yet, you can read more about it on the Indiegogo page.

Someone even claimed the ridiculously expensive $35,000 backer perk, meaning Shaq himself will DJ a party at this lucky person's house.

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Discussion

73 comments
codac
codac

Yessssssss! I applaud the internet, nay, the world for this bountiful catch

meatz666
meatz666

just lol...

And of course it was Shaq himself who backed with 35k.

Archangel2222
Archangel2222

This is soooooooo stupid its not even funny. Why on earth would people fund nearly half a mill on a dumb game like this? its not even fun. If you are going to kickstart a game and spend that much Id rather they spent it properly on making a classic snes game like megaman x, a ninja turtles game, some other fighting game, a SF3 HD remix even I dont care something that is money well spent really why waste it on junk like this

rasterror
rasterror

Forget that game and bring back Michael Jordan Chaos in Windy City or Bill Laimbeer Combat Basketball. In fact bring back Jordan vs Bird. I lived that game.

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

With all of the anger, hatred, and bile I'm seeing in the comments below you'd think they just successfully crowd funded a sequel to Kazaam or something.

DrKill09
DrKill09

(Shakes head)  I just don't get it.


I've seen promising looking projects fail, but a remake of this shitty, shitty game passes?!

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

So.....there are 1.340 morons with too much money on their hands.


Pathetic little fucks, funding a game for a guy that has more money than all of them combined.....un-freaking-believable

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

This game needs Titans, where are all the Titans!!??

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

I thought they were way behind on funding even a month ago, where did that money come from so fast?  I bet it was that disgraced Clippers owner.  He probably put up most of the funding in another attempt to prove that he actually does like minorities.  "See, I funded a game with a black man in it!  Let me have my team back!"

ginobili1
ginobili1

From the trailer it doesn't look like a $500k game, it looks much more than that. I'd say that Shaq is funding it, probably more than the crowd funding campaign. The campaign is to get media's attention and what not. Plus all the tweets and retweets on why didn't Shaq fund it himself will keep this in the news for a long time.


This is basically a way to market the game before it makes it to the shelves. Looks like a mediocre game at best, but then again what do you expect from a game called Shaq-Fu?

wookiegr
wookiegr

The backers were promised a sip of champagne from Shaq's shoe at the launch party. He's got some fans.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

If Barkley shows up as a boss, I will buy the game.  If he doesn't, I will not.

NiteX
NiteX

There is no god!!!1

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

i don't like the SF theme of this reboot 


the classic shaq fu was the best, i bet they will ruin it. 

Sevenstorms
Sevenstorms

Why the hell didn't Shaq fund the whole game !!!! He has millions !!!! Cheap bastard !

Chronologo
Chronologo

Can we just wait till the game is out?? Maybe they don't FU it up this time and we get a nice brawler.

Fursnake
Fursnake

I don't know whether to laugh or cry...or maybe both at the same time.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

It will be purchased by Facebook and become a facebook exclusive. :)

robEZ8
robEZ8

I'm pleased to see Shaq Fu making a return.  I've been a Shaq fan since he started in Orlando.  I had Shaq Fu for sega genesis and I loved it even though it was awful.  Now it looks like it will be revitalized by a group who seem passionate about making a good game.  I/m not expecting a top-notch fighting game, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is a pretty good game

SuplexKirby
SuplexKirby

As long it has good gameplay. I hope there's a demo.

suprsolider
suprsolider

I demand names of everyone who supported this game. I want their names NOW so I can find each and everyone of them then get them all locked away for life.

Bbailey81
Bbailey81

I'm buying just for nostalgia. While it wasn't a classic, the original did have it's nuances. A cheap Christmas gift made for some mindless fun as a youth. 

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

Tomorrow's headline: Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook purchase of new Shaq Fu game, which will now be socially focused.  Charles Barkley has already called the news "turrible".

got_reek
got_reek

Lol who the hell funded this game? Shaq himself wouldn't even put money in this crap. Leave it to a company named "big deez" to want to make a shaq fu game.

AluminumAndroid
AluminumAndroid

Crowdfunding a game where the protagonist's networth is over $100 million is stupid.

Chatch09
Chatch09

Because the first one was SOOO successful.....

xantufrog
xantufrog

See, the Wii U get's 3rd party software...

Hurvl
Hurvl

Could be some stupid fun, but I'm not expecting anything like Street Fighter 4 here, even though people say it stole the art direction from that game.

Simulator_Shock
Simulator_Shock

The fact that this game actually got funded is both admirable and pathetic at the same time...

jacquelineferre
jacquelineferre

I loved how they copied the Street Fighter 4 style, for a a moment I fought it was Sagat in that screenshot.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@jerusaelem  You have no idea how bad Shaq Fu was.


I bought it for my friend a few years back as a joke gift.  He wouldn't accept it, so I made a YouTube video of me smashing it and setting it on fire!  Good times...

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@wookiegr Shaq was supposed to come to a party of yours if you put up like $35k in funding.  What went on at these parties, how low would Shaq go to give people their $35k worth, I don't think I even want to know.

Actually I do want to know, I want to know everything.

179107199999
179107199999

@Sevenstorms  Answer: A bunch of dumb dummies...I...I mean a bunch of sheep were swayed by the words of the developers. And He knew people would support him.Its sad though. This is the kind of person those idiots support


http://www.classicalite.com/articles/7982/20140505/shaq-handicapped-apology-instagram-bullying-disabled-fans-selfie-enough-update.htm   


his apology was BS. He already knew what he was doing when he did it. I hope the game is S****y and doesn't break even. He and his foot worshippers deserve as much.The person he mocked had better sense and didn't even insult the oaf. 

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Thanatos2k @Sevenstorms  Not quite, that's true if you simply can't comfortably invest all the money needed, or if you're running a scheme.  If you are buying equity in something that will be fantastically successful, and the investment won't take up too much of your fortune, then invest, invest, invest.  If the game is wildly successful then the more he spends the more he'll make off it.  

Seems like he'll make money even if it flops, I bet they have to pay him a royalty for his likeness, so on his part investing some money so it simply exists makes sense.