Bandai Namco revealed PAC-MAN WORLD Re-PAC yesterday, and it’s the latest example of Ms. Pac-Man being scrubbed from Pac-Man lore.
For those who don’t know, the original Ms Pac-Man arcade release was a modded version of a game called Crazy Otto, which was created by General Computer Corporation (GCC) in the US. Through a deal with Midway and GCC, Ms. Pac-Man was birthed. The thing is, GCC still retains some rights to Ms. Pac-Man, whereas Bandai Namco holds all the other Pac-Man rights.
If Bandai Namco wants to use Ms. Pac-Man in their games, they have to strike a deal with GCC. This has been a point of dispute for quite some time, which is forcing Bandai Namco to tweak any Pac-Man re-releases that feature Ms. Pac-Man.
This is why we keep seeing Ms. Pac-Man ditched for Pac-Mom, and that’s exactly what’s happened with PAC-MAN WORLD Re-PAC. As you might guess, fans aren’t very happy about this situation, but it certainly seems like Bandai Namco is going to continue with this rebranding going forward.
As a tiny bit of solace, the Ms. Pac-Man theme song doesn’t seem to be a part of this dispute. In the debut trailer for PAC-MAN WORLD Re-PAC, you could still hear the Ms. Pac-Man theme being played in one portion. At least we’ll have something to remember the classic character by!