The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced the creation of the first official Paralympic video game, in a move that it says is designed to “boost the popularity of Paralympic sports.”
The title will be created by Japanese studio JP GAMES, whose founder Hajime Tabata is renowned as the director of Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV.
The IPC-licensed “The Pegasus Dream Tour” will be the first title released by JP GAMES.
It is described as a “completely new sports role-playing game”, in which players participate in a virtual Paralympic Games taking place inside a fantasy metropolis known as Pegasus City.
Here, players awaken their special abilities or “Xtra Power” in an alternate Paralympic reality.
Hajime Tabata of JP GAMES explained: “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.”
IPC President Andrew Parsons added: “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 Parlympic 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.”
The makers are planning for the “Pegasus Dream Tour” to be accessible on various platforms, including smartphones.
The game’s release was announced as the IPC and Tokyo 2020 prepare to mark 500 days to the next Paralympic Games.