The creator of one of the world's most addictive, and missed, mobile games says he will bring the app back to the iTunes App Store.
The developer, Dong Nguyen, originally celebrated the huge and sudden success of the game earlier this year, which peaked at generating $50,000 per day in advertising revenue.
But after complaints from some users that the game was too addictive, and sustained harassment from fans and journalists, he decided to pull the app from the Apple and Google app stores.
Since then dozens of clones have popped up trying to capture the same magic, though none have quite pulled it off.
And now Dong said the game is to return - he's just not sure when.
@painfullpacman Yes. But not soon.— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) March 19, 2014
It is thought the new version of the game will include built-in warnings to stop playing for extended periods, so as to avoid the more severe cases of addiction that caused its removal in the first place.