With just over 500 days to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, the IPC have announced their first ever video game, The Pegasus Dream Tour, created by brand new studio JP GAMES, set to be released in 2020 on a number of platforms.

The studio is headed by ex-Square Enix head of studio and director of the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy XV Hajime Tabata, who left the Tokyo-based studio in November 2018 to begin his own company.

Tabata’s experience at Square Enix will serve him well in the direction of The Pegasus Dream Tour, which is touted by the IPC as “a completely new sports role-playing game, where players participate in a virtual Paralympic Games that takes place inside a fantasy metropolis known as Pegasus City.”

Square Enix are best known for the publishing and development of some of the best role-playing franchises ever made, including Dragon Quest and Kingdom Hearts, and some of the most critically acclaimed games of all time, like Final Fantasy VII, Chrono Trigger, Vagrant Story and Super Mario RPG.

Tabata, for whom The Pegasus Dream Tour will be his studio’s first release, said: “This is not just an ordinary video game about sports. 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.”

Andrew Parsons, ICP president, said: “Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, we are eager to explore innovative ways to engage with new and younger global audiences. 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.”

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