In the preview for Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures I mentioned that Namco-Bandai would be releasing two more Pac-Man games. Well, I wasn’t lying.
The first title is Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+, an expansion to Championship Edition DX that will add several new features to an already fantastic game. Among these are personal progress charts that track how you perform on each playthrough, an upgraded leaderboard system, friend competitions and all sorts of different types of achievements. Best of all, the expansion is free to players who already own the original DX version, though you can purchase additional maps based on other Namco-Bandai properties like Dig-Dug for a small price. Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+ will be releasing later this summer for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows 8 and Steam.
The next title, and one that I am personally very excited for is Pac-Man Museum, a collection of several Pac-Man games from the 1980’s through to the 2000’s. So far only three titles have been confirmed: the original arcade Pac-Man, Pac-Man Championship Edition and Pac-Man: Battle Royal. I got a chance to try out Battle Royal against one of the game’s developers and can safely say that not only am I amazing at Pac-Man but that the game is extremely fun to play and looks great running in high definition. Pac-Man Museum will be releasing this winter for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Steam and Nintendo 3DS.
I think that ,with all the love that Namco-Bandai is showing Pac-Man in 2013, Pac-Man fever may truly make a comeback. Each of the series' three new titles - Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+ and Pac-Man Museum - offer up something for all the different types of Pac-Man fan. And while this may sound like a shameless plug for Namco-Bandai’s new slogan for Pac-Man, I think it’s safe to say that Pac is Back.