LONDON, UK, 19th October 2005 - Namco Ltd. today confirms the PAL version of Pac-Man WorldTM 3. Electronic Arts, the world's leading interactive entertainment software company, will co-publish the game in PAL territories. The latest iteration of the classic series will be available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Microsoft Xbox®, Nintendo GameCubeTM, PSPTM handheld entertainment system, and PC in early 2006.
The world was first introduced to Toru Iwatani's yellow dot muncher in 1980. Shaped like a pizza missing a slice and making a wocka-wocka-wocka sound, Pac-Man exploded onto the video game scene and never looked back. 25 years later, Pac-Man has starred in dozens of games and been associated with over 400 products, from instant noodles to air fresheners. He has even inspired well known musicians to compose Pac-Man themed songs.
"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, cute, and most important, FUN."
Celebrate Pac-Man's 25th anniversary with the latest in the popular series, Pac-Man World 3. After mysteriously having been transported out of Pac-Village and into the Spectral Realm, it is up to Pac-Man to uncover the evil genius Erwin's plot and save the world. Along the way, Pac-Man will meet a host of unexpected "old friends" and, in order to defeat the ultimate enemy, he might just have to turn his old foes into allies!
Combining contemporary platform game mechanics with traditional Pac-Man play principles, Pac-Man World 3 features staples such as Power Pellets, Pac-Dots, Pac-Chains and fruit while adding new elements including the Pactrometer and power-up smoothies. And to help him on his way Pac-Man has been learning some new special moves and can now punch enemies, swing around poles and jump up walls. Players will even get to play as Pinky and Clyde, who each have distinctive special abilities.
About Namco Limited
Namco, with headquarters in Japan was established in 1955 and has consistently provided a high level of expertise in the entertainment industry. With games such as TekkenTM, Ridge RacerTM, Time CrisisTM and SoulcaliburTM, Namco has become a successful developer and publisher, esteemed throughout the world for the games of excellent quality it has produced.
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTSTM, EATM, EA SPORTS BIGTM and POGOTM. In fiscal 2005, EA posted revenues of $3.1 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.electronicarts.co.uk. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at www.electronicarts.co.uk/press
Xbox (http://www.xbox.com) is the video game system from Microsoft that brings people together for the most exhilarating game and entertainment experiences. Xbox delivers an expansive collection of breakthrough games, powerful hardware and the unified Xbox Live online service. The new tagline, "it's good to play together," captures the spirit of Xbox as the social hub of the new digital entertainment lifestyle. Xbox is now available in North America, Asia, Europe and Australia.
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