Eagle-eyed users at NeoGAF noticed that publisher Bandai Namco has filed a trademark for “Pac-Man Maker” in Europe. Destructoid has also confirmed the listing via their own search of the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
The last game to carry the “Maker” moniker was Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker, which let players construct their own levels using the rules and logic from the classic platformer series. There have been multiple different types of Pac-Man games since its arcade inception in 1980, from adventure games to an endless runner.
Trademark listings aren’t a confirmation of anything however. Some companies acquire them on the off-chance that they’ll ever do something with it in the future. They also do it to cover themselves legally, in the event that another group tries to make a product with a similar name.
If there is something to this listing, we’ll likely hear more about it at E3 in June. We’ll keep you updated if we learn more.