Post by Dan @ 12:12pm 07/03/14 | 7 Comments
Basketball personality Shaquille O'Neal has teamed up with indie studio Big Deez Productions with the hops of resurrecting Shaq-Fu, the eccentric basketball-themed beat 'em up game from the 90s that starred the seven foot Center as an over the top vigilante action hero.
The partnership has taken to crowdfunding platform Indiegogo with a view to raising US$450,000 to seed development. Pre-empting criticism, the project outline explains that asking players for funding rather than multi-millionaire O'Neal funding it himself is more about assessing interest. The introduction also acknowledges how bad the original game was, and expresses a desire to make a genuinely "slick, fun, rock-solid game" out of the same concept.
Most celebrity games take a well known face and build a crappy game around it, knowing it will sell. We want to build a game that would kick ass even without Shaq. As the main character, however, Shaq, really wants to be a part of this and we love that he’s onboard. He's going to have a huge involvement in this and he is not about to let the same mistake happen twice, and neither are we.Backer rewards for contributing to the project's funding include a variety of meet and greet opportunities with Shaq. Have him record a voicemail message or friend you on Instagram is that's your thing.
The base project is planned as a digital download PC game, with stretch goals right up to US$1.62 million promising an assortment of additional platforms from iOS and Android, though to Xbox One and PS4.
Watch the pitch video and concept trailer below, and head over to Indiegogo for the full sell.