Pac-Man 99’s servers will be switched off in October, Bandai Namco has confirmed. The game was originally released as a Nintendo Switch Online exclusive in 2021. There will be a staggered removal of service starting in August, before Bandai Namco switch off the Pac-Man 99 servers for good.
The timeline of the discontinuation of service is as follows:
- August 8, 2023 (Tue) 8:00 AM PDT
Discontinued content: Paid custom themes
- September 8, 2023 (Fri) 8:00 AM PDT
Discontinued content: PAC-MAN 99 Deluxe Pack / PAC-MAN 99 Mode Unlock
- October 8, 2023 (Sun) 9:00 PM PDT
Discontinuation of online services for the main game / distribution of the main game and free custom themes
Bandai Namco has confirmed that own either of the DLCs, which are Pac-Man 99 Deluxe Pack and Pac-Man 99 Mode Unlock, will still be able to play Score Attack mode, Blind Time Attack mode, and CPU Battle in offline mode. All themes that have been purchased can also be used in offline mode, content that has been paid for will be re-downloadable. If you want all the content then the Deluxe Pack will be the best option as it contains all of the downloadable content.
Pac-Man 99 followed in the footsteps of Tetris 99 and the time-limited Super Mario Bros. 35, in pitting you against a multitude of other players, adapting a traditionally single-player or more limited multiplayer game. The twist was that your actions can affect other players. Eating Power Pellets makes the ghosts turn blue and vulnerable to you chomping on them, with each ghost that you eat being sent to another player in the form of Jammer Pac-Man, which can slow down a player it comes into contact with. You can target other players in a number of ways, either letting the game do it automatically, or target those that are attacking you, those that are the most successful out there, or pick someone manually.
Source: Bandai Namco