It’s been quite some time since Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn dropped its official reveal trailer during The Game Awards 2015, with many wondering if the forthcoming dynamic beat-’em-up would actually ever see the light of day. Now, it looks as if a launch is on the horizon, as the publisher Wired Productions, the developer Saber Interactive, and the team at Big Deez Productions have officially announced a spring release window for the title.

As seen below in the latest trailer for Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn, the retired basketball icon Shaquille O’Neal has been recreated in video game form yet again to pummel foes with his seven-foot-plus frame as he “fights his way through the hordes of hell and Hollywood.” According to the game’s description, players will be able to “Master devastating combos, battle outlandish celebrity bosses, and take on all comers with an array of weapons, including katanas, shuriken and baseball bats.”

For those unaware, the original Shaq Fu is a 2D fighting game that was initially released for the Sega Genesis and Super NES on October 28, 1994, and was met with general aversion from fans and critics alike due to its unimaginative graphics and tediously repetitive gameplay. With this being the case, it’s sequel in A Legend Reborn looks to be a tip of the hat to the first title that pokes fun at its ridiculous premise while also delivering colorfully enjoyable beat-’em-up action.

Taking all of this into consideration, while Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn probably won’t break new ground when it comes to video games, the forthcoming title has plenty of promise to be heralded as a solid and enjoyable release, especially when one considers the low benchmark set by its predecessor. Thankfully, the team behind the title wants to have as many platforms in the mix as possible, with Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn having recently been confirmed for Switch. What’s more is that anyone who bought NBA Playgrounds for the Nintendo console prior to June 10, 2017 will receive a free digital copy of the game at launch.

Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is set for availability in spring 2018 for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: WiredProductionsLtd – YouTube