Pac-Man World is Back – Xbox Wire

Earlier this yr, players acquired a style of a number of Pac classics with Pac-Man Museum+. With that, followers made it clear that there was one explicit Pac-Man basic they wished to see subsequent – Pac-Man World Re-Pac. Well, we’ve delivered and it’s out there now!

Originally launched in 1999, Pac-Man World: 20th Anniversary was Pac-Man’s first 3D platforming journey, utilizing a wide range of distinctive skills on a quest to rescue his kidnapped household from the dastardly Pac-imposter, Toc-Man, and the Ghosts! Pac-Man World Re-Pac brings a contemporary coat of current-gen paint to Pac-Man’s athletic quest that we predict current and new followers alike will take pleasure in!

I spoke with the sport’s producer to know a bit extra about what it took to carry Pac-Man World Re-Pac to Xbox.

Please introduce your self and tell us a bit bit about your position on the sport staff.

My title is Yuji Yoshii from Bandai Namco Entertainment. I’m the producer of Pac-Man World Re-Pac and I’m in control of your entire manufacturing course of, from planning to completion. I’ve been concerned within the manufacturing of the Pac-Man sequence since Pac-Man Museum+.

Pac-Man followers have been requesting the return of Pac-Man World for fairly a while, so congratulations on bringing again such a beloved recreation!

We are honored to have so many followers rejoice the return of Pac-Man World.

Pac-Man World Re-Pac celebrates Pac-Man’s legacy by remaking a long-requested fan favourite recreation. What components from the unique Pac-Man World impressed the sport staff when first approaching their work on the Re-Pac?

Pac-Man World was launched to rejoice the twentieth anniversary of Pac-Man and is the primary 3D motion platformer within the sequence. In the unique (2D maze)  Pac-Man, his objective was to run away from ghosts and eat dots, however within the 3D setting of Pac-Man World,  Pac-Man is free to run round in 3D house, with methods at his disposal like Jumping, the Butt Bounce, and the Rev Roll. We got down to revive this  Pac-Man motion with fashionable graphics and expertise.

Production began a while earlier than the sport was introduced; how lengthy was the general manufacturing timeline and the way did it really feel when the title was lastly revealed to the world?

We began improvement of this title in 2020 and the sport has been in manufacturing for about two years. Our staff repeatedly mentioned the completed picture of the remake in the course of the starting stage, so improvement proceeded comparatively easily. It has been 23 years because the launch of the unique model, however we’ve been very conscious of the requests from followers for the return of Pac-Man World for therefore a few years, so we’re extremely happy that we’re lastly in a position to reply them.

For many followers who will not be accustomed to the sport improvement course of, what are the primary steps in terms of remastering a fan-favorite and what have been you most excited to work on?

We consider that remakes and remasters are made potential by the passionate requests from the followers, so we rigorously contemplate whether or not we are able to present an authentic recreation expertise that won’t betray their expectations. We rigorously contemplate this query in the beginning of the method. On the opposite hand, the gameplay that gamers demand is altering with the occasions. We want to contemplate not solely whether or not we are able to recreate the unique, but in addition whether or not we are able to replace the sport in a approach that’s consistent with the occasions.

In Re-Pac, Pac-Man and the Ghosts are extra vibrant than ever. What impressed their present look and the general graphical model of the sport as you introduced it to present era {hardware}?

Graphical updates have been one of many main themes of Re-Pac. We made changes to create a extra fashionable Pac-Man design whereas sustaining the comedian ebook model that the Pac-Man universe has. Also, by rigorously depicting the pure objects and buildings in every stage with the brand new look, we have been additionally in a position to carry Ghost Island vividly again to life.

The “loop” of the unique Pac-Man World that includes action-platforming mechanics with a mixture of puzzle fixing to succeed in the objective of every stage continues to be enjoyable right now. What makes this model of gameplay intriguing in terms of Pac-Man?

I feel the “loop” in Pac-Man World works very effectively with Pac-Man. It is nice enjoyable to see Pac-Man, together with his spherical yellow physique, utilizing very enjoyable, Pac-Man-like actions akin to Butt Bounce, Rev Roll, Pac-Dot Attack, and so on., and fixing puzzles.

In Pac-Man World Re-Pac, when in comparison with the unique, the enemies transfer a bit bit otherwise, there are enhancements to the UI, and the degrees could be approached by the participant in a brand new approach as a result of widened subject of view. How did you method making these and different enhancements for Pac-Man World Re-Pac whereas ensuring you stayed true to the texture of the unique?

In addition to the improved graphics, many enhancements have been made to the gameplay of Re-Pac. We have made detailed changes to levels the place gamers within the authentic would get misplaced, to actions that have been troublesome to manage, and to enemies and gimmicks that have been obscure.

The authentic Pac-Man World gave us the butt-bounce, rev-roll, and Pac-Dot Attack skills. Re-Pac consists of these skills and provides a brand new hover-jump to Pac-Man’s transfer set in addition to the power to turn into Mega Pac-Man. Can you inform us a bit bit about what impressed this and your expertise giving Pac-Man these new skills?

In Re-Pac, we’ve added these two new components to evolve the sport right into a extra playable and entertaining fashionable motion recreation. Hover Jump is helpful for lengthy distance jumps and adjusting your fall; consuming Power Pellets will flip you right into a Mega Pac-Man to assault the ghosts.

Are there any particular graphical updates that you just’d prefer to level out?

In the manufacturing unit space, burning pipes that glow pink block Pac-Man’s path. We would love so that you can take a look at how we present steam blowing out of those pipes and see the distinction from the unique model within the comparability trailer.

The authentic Pac-Man World sequence is thought for its catchy soundtrack. Can you inform us in regards to the means of remaking the sport’s iconic musical themes? And are there any particular songs that the sport staff is especially keen on?

We knew that many followers even have sturdy emotions in regards to the soundtrack of Pac-Man World, so we used the unique music for a lot of the levels and title screens. We hope that folks will really feel the nostalgia from each the music and the visuals. We all just like the title display screen music. It is a superb jazz-style music that’s excellent for the beginning of the journey that’s about to start.

Are there any enjoyable, hidden “easter eggs” or different easy-to-miss issues within the recreation that players ought to be careful for as they play by means of Ghost Island?

All levels (besides “Buccaneer Beach” and every space’s boss battle stage) have the six letters “P,” “A,” “C,” “M”, “A”, and “N” which might be hidden all through them. If you acquire all of them, you may problem a particular bonus stage, so please attempt to discover them!

Pac-Man has been a world icon for over 40 years. Why do you suppose Pac-Man resonates with so many individuals?

Pac-Man debuted as an arcade recreation in 1980 and has been loved around the globe for greater than 40 years. I feel it is because Pac-Man is a straightforward recreation that anybody can play, and the lovable form and actions of the yellow, round-bodied Pac-Man eagerly gobbling every little thing up have gained the hearts of many individuals. I feel this “Pac-Man-ness” is essential for the franchise.

Pac-Man’s historic affect and continued endurance on this planet of video video games is plain. It’s nice so as to add such a enjoyable crammed recreation to the pantheon of Pac-Man. Thank you for taking the time to reply our questions right now!

Thank you very a lot!

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