It seems Bandai Namco are going to start making some steps to give players a whole new kind of Pac-Man. In a recently discovered filing in the European Union Intellectual Property Office, Bandai Namco has filed a trademark for “Pac-Man Maker”.
Despite some early concerns of the filing being a hoax, it can be found on the official database. There is no current filing in the United States. While it is easy to jump to conclusions as to what this game will be, everything being said is purely speculation. With “Maker” in the title, it is easy to assume this will be a Pac Man game where levels are created and shared. At this point, there is hardly any evidence of it being a real product.
Based on the very long history of Pac-Man, there are a lot of different styles that could be used. From original Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man, all the way to the amazing Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+. One cannot help but wonder in what weird ways Bandai Namco will allow players to warp old structures. Even if you are not a big Pac-Man fan, there is a lot to get excited about.
It was nearly two years ago that Super Mario Maker came and blew pretty much everyone away. A chance for players to play Nintendo Developers, making their own Mario levels as sadistic, charming or fun as they so desired. Before Mario took the spotlight however, Mega Man Universe was one of the first with the premise of user created levels that could be shared online, all the way back in 2011, well before Super Mario Maker. Unfortunately, Mega Man Universe got cancelled following Inafune’s departure from Capcom.
Hopefully “Pac-Man Maker” (or whatever it will be called), turns out to be something more than just a trademark. The new genre of user levels created through older and beloved game engines has shown its worth. Never underestimate the true brilliance that can come out of a player base. With E3 soon approaching, this may just be the first steps for a big announcement.