Shaq Fu aims to reboot the franchise

Developer Saber Interactive wants to take the game in a new direction away from the 90’s cult-classic. 

We caught up with Al Hibbard, Product Manager at Wired Productions during EGX Rezzed last weekend to talk about Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn. After raising a ton of money on Indiegogo back in 2014, Saber Interactive’s basketball brawler finally has a release date.

“The originl game is not known for being the best game ever” said Hibbard “What the developer wanted to do here was reboot the franchise and create a game that was really worthy of Shaq and somethig that incorprated his personality.”


Many of you may remember the original Shaq Fu that launched on the Mega Drive and Super Nintendo for all the wrong reasons. It went down in history as one of the worse games ever made, but there’s still a chance of redemption for Shaq Fu with A Legend Reborn, which aims to reinvent the series as a side-scrolling beat-em-up reminiscent of Streets of Rage.

Legendary basketball player, Shaquille O’Neal returns to the reboot with a number of his voice lines appearing in the game, as well as his input in terms of direction. Shaq even recorded a new single especially for the new title which you can hear on the main menu screen.

“Anybody that’s soaked up Shaq’s personality will know that he’s game, he’s a good sport and jumped at the chance to do another Shaq Fu” Hibbard told TIGW.

It’s not all ass-kicking as well,  Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn will feature a very tongue-in-cheek narrative that revolves around Chinese orphan, Shaq as he battles to save the world from the brink of disaster. It’s a story that’s deep-rooted in comedy that’ll see you face off against outlandish celebrity bosses using power-ups named after the legend himself, such as Big Daddy O and Big Diesel.

“The game has a cult following, partly because of its reputation,” Said Hibbard. “But also because a lot of people did go out and buy Shaq Fu and back then if you bought a game you loved a game”

Shaq Fu will be dunking its way onto PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC on June 5th.