After releasing Pac-Man World 3 in 2005, between 2008 / 2010 Namco America (Namco Hometek) were working on a “Next Gen” Pac-Man 3D platformer for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. While this “Pac-Man World 4” was never officially announced, fans of the series found a concept trailer created for the project by a former Namco animator. Gameplay looked similar to previous Pac-Man World chapters: Pac-Man would have been able to roll and run around the levels, transforming itself into different forms such as a propeller and some kind of spiky drill.
We don’t know why this project was never completed and fans had to wait till 2013 for another Pac-Man platformer, when Namco released Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. Concept art created for this lost game are preserved below, to remember its existence.
Thanks to Paruko for the contribution!
Man, this looks phenomenal! What a cool find! Even though Pac Man’s design is SUPER similar to the Ghostly Adventures iteration (I wouldn’t be surprised if it influenced it, in retrospect), the overall animation quality here is way, way exaggerated. He’s super energetic, really squash & stretchy… it’s crazy to see Pac this, well, animated. It’s almost like, “Tone it down, Pac-Man. Put less sugar in your coffee, bro” lol.
Pac Man World 4 may not have gone far enough to see any prototypes or anything, but still, this is a really neat video. While it does show off the quality of the world assets and looks of the levels they wanted to achieve, and various mechanics like bouncing, wall jumping, power-ups, slides, etc. it totally works as just a fun short. Because of the weird energy, it almost looks like something made for a motion simulator ride, y’know? Like if Universal Studios Japan was doing a Pac Man attraction, the video they’d cook up would probably look a lot like this…
Seriously, this is really neat :D