Retired NBA player Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal has promised everyone a “surprised” at Thursday’s Game Awards night.
This has shortly followed a massively successful crowdfunded reboot for infamous fighting game, Shaq Fu. The campaign raised the princely sum of $460,000 for the eponymous fighting title.
Shaq wrote via his Twitter : “I’m heading to The Game Awards on Thursday in Los Angeles; have a little Shaq Fu surprise for you videogame fans.” No word on what O’Neal has planned then, but the media personality clearly has something up his sleeve.
I'm heading to @thegameawards on Thursday in LA, have a little Shaq Fu surprise for you videogame fan.
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) December 2, 2015
Despite the origingal 16-Bit Shaq Fu game being completely panned, Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn was successfully funded by O’Neal’s own IndieGoGo campaign last May which raised the majority of the game’s budget, a cool $458,000 in total funding.
Big Deez Productions realised a small statement as a realisation of how badly received the 1994 title was. They simply asserted that “this time we won’t f**k it up.”
The Game Awards present awards to developers behind the most acclaimed titles every year, whilst splicing in some new projects and trailers throughout the show. Host Geoff Keighley has claimed that there will be ten “world premieres” airing throughout the night. Given this statement, it’s probably likely we’ll see something from Shaq-Fu.
Bottom line, the Shaq-Fu reboot is happening, and it’s scheduled for release on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, WiiU and PC, according to the game’s IndieGoGo campaign terms.