Indiegogo Helps Shaquille O’Neal Seek Videogame Redemption with Launch of Crowdfunding Campaign for Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn
Game Soundtrack to Feature Remixed Classics from Shaq’s Music Career
SAN FRANCISCO, March 6, 2014 – Indiegogo, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, today announces that basketball legend and notable Renaissance man Shaquille O’Neal has launched his campaign for Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn on Indiegogo. Often labeled as one of the worst games of all time, with websites dedicated to destroying it, Shaq Fu has reached a cult status in the game industry. Considered a blight on Shaq’s career, he is setting out to right the wrongs of Shaq Fu and is reaching out directly to fans through Indiegogo to get their support.
“I’ll admit it, Shaq Fu was a horrible game. I’m a huge fan of videogames and want to have my name associated with a Shaq Fu game that I’m proud of and would like to play,” said Shaquille O’Neal. “This is my second chance and it’s even better this time since I’m able to partner with the fans to make this happen.”
In order to make the fighting game that fans deserve, Shaq has partnered with Big Deez Productions, a team of video game industry veterans that have deep experience making quality games with titles such as the Halo series, Street Fighter, Max Payne, Duke Nukem, Madden Football and dozens of others under their belt. The game’s soundtrack will be created by Steve Molitz, a world-renowned musician and composer. He will be creating a soundtrack that remixes and modernizes classic Shaq songs from his collection of Platinum and Gold albums including the remake of “Don’t Stop the Reign”.
The game is a modern day twist on the classic beat ‘em up. Play as Shaquille O’Neal as he kicks butt and take names on his quest to defeat the mysterious and deadly Black Star Ninja and his immeasurable horde of deadly ninja assassins. Players will be able to learn and unlock hundreds of classic and unique moves, strategic battle techniques and brutal finishing moves to keep the game rooted in traditional brawlers while also providing an over the top, in-your-face, slam dunk experience fans have come to know and love with Shaq.
The game will feature combo and character skill progression systems that allow players to hone a variety of fighting styles and tactics to create the ultimate bad ass warrior. Players can pimp out their character with modifiers that will allow players to change their appearance as well as enhance their skills. Power-ups littered throughout the levels will feature every nickname Shaq has ever had with a few new ones added for good measure.
Players will battle it out in detailed, deadly and destructible locations such as the slums of Asian cities, rooftops of skyscrapers, seedy nightclubs and in crowded markets. Gamers will be able to use the environment to their advantage as they pick up the nearest manhole cover or car door to throw, smash an enemy through the floor to leap down to lower levels, or collapse structures with earthquakes of unprecedented power to silence the enemy.
“Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is a great example of how developers and celebrities can directly reach and partner with the fans to create something that otherwise wouldn’t get made,” said John Vaskis, Gaming Lead, Indiegogo. “We are thrilled to be able to be part of Shaq’s videogame redemption story.”
Through the Indiegogo rewards, as a thank you for supporting him in his quest, Shaq is providing unprecedented access to him and his life with several unique rewards based on the amount of money that funders contribute. A few of these rewards include: playing basketball with Shaq on his own court at this house, signed original size 22 Shaq Attack sneakers, a personalized voicemail recorded by Shaq, lunch or dinner with Shaq, the ability to participate in the taping of a TNT NBA show and much more.
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