In conjunction with celebrating Pac-Man’s 25th birthday, Namco has revealed Pac-Man World 3, which is set for release this fall. The latest iteration of the classic series will be available for the PS2, PSP, Xbox, GCN, and PC.
“Pac-Man helped launch video games into the mainstream, and as he turns 25 this year, we are happy to see that he continues to have an enduring appeal,” said Garry Cole, Executive Vice President of Namco Hometek Inc. “We’re delighted that today’s generation is still able to experience the magic of Pac-Man with 'Pac-Man World 3.'”
“Like all of us, Pac-Man has evolved over the years, changing with the times,” said Toru Iwatani, creator of Pac-Man. “People love Pac-Man because he’s simple and cute and most important FUN.”
In Pac-Man World 3, evil genius Erwin creates a machine that can penetrate into the world of the Ghosts. But now the Spectral Realm is collapsing into the real world, and this will bring about a massive catastrophe that will plunge the world into a state of devistation for years to come. After mysteriously having been transported out of Pac-Village and into this strange and different land, it is up to Pac-Man to uncover Erwin’s plot and save the world.
While combining platform game mechanics with traditional Pac-Man play principles, "Pac-Man World 3" features Pac-Man staples including Power Pellets, Pac-Dots, Pac-Chains and fruit while adding new elements such as a Pactrometer, power-up smoothies and several new special moves. Players will even get to play as Pinky and Clyde, who each have distinctive special abilities.