The first-ever Paralympic video game, Pegasus Dream Tour, has been launched on the App Store and Play Store today in advance of the Tokyo Games in late August.

Pegasus Dream Tour was developed by JP Games, the studio founded by Hajime Tabata, who previously worked on smash-hit titles from Square Enix, including the acclaimed Final Fantasy XV. In the game, players will create their own avatar and pursue their dream of becoming a Para-athlete, making friends with other players while they roam the city and take part in competitions.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said in a press release that they hope the game will bring Para sports to a new audience, while also encouraging positive change and raising the profile of the Games and the associated sports.

As well as featuring Para athletes from around the world, including Canadian wheelchair basketball player Patrick Anderson and Argentinian 5-a-side football legend Silvio Velo, the game is supported by Paralympic partners Bridgestone and Ottobock.

IPC chief brand and communications officer Craig Spence said: “The launch of Pegasus Dream Tour is a wonderful opportunity to connect with and further promote Para sports across new and younger audiences in an innovative and fun way.

“Pegasus Dream Tour will bring together gaming and sport enthusiasts from all around the globe, who will have the opportunity to enjoy a Paralympic experience from the comfort of their homes not as mere spectators but as participants as well.”

Japanese Olympian and figure skating legend Yuzuru Hanyu, one of the game’s ambassadors, said: “I am honoured to have been appointed as the ambassador for The Pegasus Dream Tour. As someone who enjoys games and an athlete as well, I look forward to this wonderful opportunity to experience the excitement of the Paralympics through gaming. I will also be appearing as a character in the game, and I hope to meet you in Pegasus City!”

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