Celebrate Pac-Man’s 40th by making your own levels on Twitch

Bandai Namco have announced a Twitch-exclusive Pac-Man game that lets you make your own mazes and play co-op.

Pac-Man, easily one of the most iconic video game characters of all time, is now 40 years old, with a long legacy of games stretching back to the 1980s.

Naturally, you’d expect Bandai Namco to have some new game planned to tie-in with the celebrations. But what new ideas could it possibly come up with that will make the yellow, ghost-munching hero appealing to a new, modern audience while still retaining the classic formula?

Surprisingly, the answer is to let everyone else try and make one. In a similar vein to Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker, Bandai Namco, in collaboration with Amazon Games, is working on Pac-Man Live Studio, which will come with a custom tool that lets players create their own Pac-Man mazes.

Pac-Man Live Studio will include the original arcade game too, but rather than release on consoles or mobile devices, it will instead be available on a new Pac-Man Twitch channel that anyone can access for free.

Not only that, but up to four players can team up and work together to achieve a cumulative high score, while also competing for individual scores.

Users will be able to share their custom-made mazes with other players and can vote on the best ones to further promote them and get even more people playing.

More specific details can be found on the website.

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