First it was a game, then it was a cartoon, then it was a game, and now it's a game ... again! Don't worry about following that baffling pedigree, all you need to know is that Bandai Namco has announced Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and 3DS handheld.

Like its predecessor, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 is based not on the arcade classic that everyone reading this site should be familiar with, but is instead based on the ongoing Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures animated series. As a result, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 is not focused on maneuvering a ravenous yellow pie chart through a neon maze, chomping pellets, but is instead a platformer where Pac-Man devours Power Berries which allow him to change into special, super-powered forms. Proving how far Pac-Man has come from his origins as an armless, blind eating machine, the iconic character will also be able to pilot a number of vehicles seen in the animated series.

Though Bandai Namco has yet to attach a specific release date to the game, the publisher hopes to debut Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 at some point during 2014, presumably alongside the first episode of the second season of the animated series.
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BANDAI NAMCO GAMES AMERICA INC. ANNOUNCES PAC-MAN™

AND THE GHOSTLY ADVENTURES 2

PAC and His Friends Return to Defend Pacopolis with New Worlds, New Characters and New

Power-Ups

SAN JOSE, Calif., (April 22, 2014) – Leading video game publisher and developer BANDAI

NAMCO Games America Inc. today announced PAC-MAN™ and the Ghostly Adventures

2 for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer

entertainment system, Wii U™ system and Nintendo 3DS™ system for release in 2014 for the

Americas.

Following the colorful characters and world of the PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures

animated series, PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 will feature Pac, Spiral and

Cylindria in an all-new storyline as they defend PacWorld from the ghoulish army of Lord

Betrayus. Players will be able to explore the lands of PacWorld far beyond the bustling streets

of Pacopolis and the Netherworld through the depths of the ocean floor and into space.

In order to defeat the havoc-causing ghosts, Pac will need to do what he does best... EAT!

Chomping down on the various Power Berries will give Pac a much needed boost to fight back

against his enemies. Utilizing the many types of Power Berries from the Tree of Life, Pac will

be able to transform into many different and exciting versions of himself, including enhanced

versions of returning powers such as Fire Pac and Ice Pac and epic new transformations

including the gigantic PacZilla. Pac will also be able to pilot one of many vehicles seen in the

show including the Lemon Rocket and Pacerchini, to help his cause to save the world.

Cylindria and Spiral also join in for the action, allowing players to take control of the Pac's

friends in special fast-paced on-rails levels. The two best friends will also be able to assist Pac

with a helping hand when players find themselves in tough situations.

"Pac-Man continues to be one of gaming's most iconic and positive characters for more than 30

years," said Chris Gilbert, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for BANDAI NAMCO

Games America Inc. "We are excited to continue that tradition with PAC-MAN and the Ghostly

Adventures 2 by giving Pac-Man a bright and colorful new world to explore and presenting

what made Pac-Man so popular to a new generation of gamers."

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 will be available across the Americas in 2014.

The second season of PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures will begin airing this year and

into 2015 across the Americas. For more information about PAC-MAN and the Ghostly

Adventures 2, please visit http://www.bandainamcogames.com, http://www.pacisback.com,

and http://www.facebook.com/pacisback.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.