Apart from handing out the award for “Best eSports Team”, Shaq himself presented fans with new gameplay footage for the crowdfunded Shaq-Fu sequel.
Believe it or not, the triumphant return of Shaq-Fu is on the horizon thanks to the support of dedicated fans. Partnered with Big Deez Productions, Shaquille O’Neal took to IndieGoGo with a campaign for a potential sequel to Shaq-Fu. A forbidden cult-classic of sorts, Shaq-Fu is often considered to be one of the worst fighting games ever publicly released. The potential sequel- A Legend Reborn– would deviate from its Fighter roots as a side-scrolling beat-em-up with a combo system and plethora of special moves. Fans took the campaign slogan of “Don’t FU it up!” to heart, contributing $458,884 of the proposed $450,000 funding goal.
Earlier this week, Shaq teased a new announcement to be revealed at The Game Awards. Held just hours ago this evening, Shaq presented the fan-voted award for “Best eSports Team” to professional gamers Optic Gaming. Just prior to the actual award presentation, Shaq revealed a new gameplay trailer for Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn. The trailer features some of the title’s self-aware humor by joking at the idea of Shaq becoming the quintessential “chosen one”, and a brief look at the side-scrolling gameplay that players can expect next year:
Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn will release for 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U and PC; a release date has not been announced.