Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata and his studio JP Games will be creating the first ever official Paralympic video game, The Pegasus Dream Tour.
Announced by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), The Pegasus Dream Tour will be part of a bigger initiative to “increase the engagement of the youth market in the Paralympic Games, an event that is now widely regarded as the world’s third biggest sport event after the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup.”
The Pegasus Dream Tour will release worldwide in 2020 and will help celebrate the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which will take place from August 25 – September 6 of next year.
As for the game itself, it is set to be a sports-based RPG where players will compete in virtual Paralympic Games and awaken their “Xtra Power” abilities within a fantasy metropolis known as Pegasus City.
“Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, we are eager to explore innovative ways to engage with new and younger global audiences,” IPC president Andrew Parson said. “We believe this game will help boost interest in the Paralympic Games and make it easier for people all over the world to enjoy and experience the heated atmosphere, passion and excitement of the event. The sport at the Paralympics is outstanding and helps transform attitudes towards persons with disabilities like no other event. I am really excited to see and play this game and see how the outstanding abilities of Para athletes are represented.”
Tabata, who left Square Enix and Luminous Group last year following the announcement that most of the remaining Final Fantasy XV DLC were being canceled, really hopes to “represent fully the wonders that are unique to Paralympic sports.”
“This is not just an ordinary video game about sports,” Tabata said about his new project. “JP GAMES is going to represent fully the wonders that are unique to Paralympic sports in this brand-new role-playing game – a genre we excel in. With this video game, we want to contribute to the future growth of the Paralympic Games, not just as a sporting event, but as entertainment as well, with contents that we hope will have lasting value in the future.”
The Pegasus Dream Tour will be released worldwide in 2020 on “various platforms, including smartphones.”
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