Namco Bandai showed off a dozen titles at E3, many from their biggest franchises, and several of which are set to ship shortly. The full line-up features Armored Core: Verdict Day, Dark Souls II, One Piece Pirate Warriors 2, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, Pac-Man CE DX Plus, Pac-Man Museum, Power Rangers Megaforce, Project X Zone, Ridge Racer Driftopia, Tales of Xillia, and Tekken Revolution. Several of the highlights are detailed below.
Pac-Man Championship Edition, originally released on Live Arcade in 2007, is a devilishly addictive update of Pac-Man. It’s been ported to several platforms over the years, most recently in 2011 when it launched for 3DS. Later this summer, a new title update for the most recent version, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, will go live for 360, PC, and PS3. The free update will improve leaderboard functionality, in-game achievements and medals, and add support for future DLC. The packs referenced will include new mazes, music, and graphics that feature other Namco Bandai properties, such as Dig Dug and Rally-X sprites.
Pac-Man Museum is a new download-only compilation that is slated to launch this winter as a download for 360, 3DS, PC, PS3, and Wii U. The set will include an array of Pac-Man titles spanning the franchise’s long history, from the original 1980 release up through 2010’s Pac-Man Battle Royale, a one- to four-player competitive take on the series. It was noted, however, that the 360 and PS3 versions will not include Pac-Man Championship Edition.
Pac-Man CE DX+ will be a free download later this summer, while Pac-Man Museum will launch this winter for $19.95. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, based on the animated series of the same name, will be available this fall for 360, PC, PS3, and Wii U; it will also be available for 3DS, but as a side-scrolling platformer. All PC versions will be downloadable through Steam.
Tekken returns today in Tekken Revolution, a free-to-play title for PS3. Revolution features an initial roster of eight characters, who can fight against AI opponents in Arcade Mode and other players in Ranked and unranked Player matches. Characters level up through battle, with Endurance (health), Power (strength), and Vigor (accuracy) upgradable throughout play. Players will also be able to utilize characters’ four Critical Arts and single Special Arts moves, which will give increased damage on critical hits and bestows invincibility at the start of a move. Ridge Racer Driftopia is another free-to-play title, scheduled to launch this summer for both PC and PS3. As with Tekken Revolution, players will be able to customize their experience through upgrades.
For good measure, several new screens have been posted from many of the previously announced titles, such as Armored Core: Verdict Day, Dark Souls II, and Tales of Xillia.