A newly uncovered trademark filing may indicate Bandai Namco is working on a Pac-Man game in the vein of Super Mario Maker.
The publisher filed a trademark application with the European Union Intellectual Property Office for something called “Pac-Man Maker” on April 18th, as quickly spotted by NeoGAF user FelipeMGM (via Destructoid). The categories on the application are in line with a downloadable or disc-based game.
Of course, even if Pac-Man Maker is a real game that’s actually on the way, there’s no clear evidence of what that might entail. Most discussion so far has noted the similarity of the title to Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker, pointing to the possibility that the title will center on letting players build their own Pac-Man mazes.
That’s a definitely possibility, but it’s also hard to imagine Super Mario Maker‘s formula translating all that well to the very different, much simpler arcade gameplay of classic Pac-Man. To an admitted non-expert like me, the level design in Pac-Man games just doesn’t seem to have as big of a impact as it does in platformers. I mean, I can play the game on a random section of Google Maps and it feels basically the same.
Then again, maybe Bandai Namco has something a bit juicier in store than I’m imagining. Only time will tell.