Pac-Man World Re-Pac, the newly-announced remake of Pac-Man World, will function Bandai Namco’s Pac-Mother character as a substitute of the unique Ms Pac-Man.
That is the second time the change has now occured, after Pac-Mother beforehand took Ms Pac-Man’s place in Bandai Namco’s Arcade Archives: Pac-Land earlier this 12 months.
Once more, the rationale for the swap appears to be the messy authorized points surrounding possession of Ms Pac-Man, that are the topic of a 2019 lawsuit.
It’s believed the rights to the character now lie with AtGames, an organization which produces retro mini-consoles and arcade cupboards.
Avoiding the character’s use – even in remakes of video games the place she was initially current – seems to be Bandai Namco’s method of getting round additional issues.
And in case you’re struggling to inform the distinction, effectively, Pac-Mother wears a pink hat. Ms Pac-Man wore a crimson hair bow.
Pac-Man World Re-Pac was introduced yesterday as a part of Nintendo’s most up-to-date Direct broadcast. Pac-Mother is clearly seen within the recreation’s trailer.
Will Ms Pac-Man ever be glimpsed once more? Is Pac-Mother the identical character, albeit now with kids? Bandai Namco is but to remark.