It seems that a conflict on the rights of Ms. Pac-Man may have resulted in the creation of a new replacement character. A few days ago, pac-land was launched as part of the Arcade Archives series. The User of Twitter @Nickisonline noticed that the models of characters of Ms. Pac-Man and Baby Pac have been modified in the game. In particular, the red loop and the characteristic boots of Mrs. Pac-Man have been replaced by a pink hat and heels. It seems that this did Bandai Namco in an attempt to avoid paying the rights to use these characters.
The @NickiSonlinet tweet showing the differences can be found below.
In the thread, Nick points out a Tweet of a developer of the Arcade Archives series, which calls himself @ez_takayoshi on Twitter. In that Tittakayoshi reveals that changes would have been made in the game by Bandai Namco. In a discussion with pac-man: the birth of an icon! _ Creator Ryan Silberman, Silberman points out that Pac-Mom is also in the next _museo Pac-Man + _ compilation. He _sra. PAC-Man The arcade game shines for its absence in the collection, so it seems that Bandai Namco is actively working to avoid using that character in any capacity.
It seems that the problem arises from a conflict between Bandai Namco and Aptames. The Mrs. Pac-Man The arcade game was not developed by Namco, but was created by General Computer Corporation in 1982 and published by Midway. In 2019, Aptames acquired royalty rights to sra. Pac-Man of GCC, and Bandai Namco was not happy with how things were developed. As a result, Bandai Namco would have to pay royalties to use the character, even though Pac-Man is owned by the old company.
Until Bandai Namco and Aptames arrange things, it seems that the character will stop appearing at the Games of Bandai Namco, to avoid the payment of royalties. For now, it seems that Pac-Mom arrived to stay.
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