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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