This ain’t your average sports game.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced Friday that the international tournament for people with disabilities would be getting its first video game, The Pegasus Dream Tour. The new game has some serious weight behind it; it’s being created by JP Games, the new independent studio founded by Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata. The Paralympics game will be his new team’s first since Tabata went indie.
“This is not just an ordinary video game about sports,” Tabata said. “JP Games is going to represent fully the wonders that are unique to Paralympic sports in this brand-new role-playing game.”
According to a statement from the IPC, The Pegasus Dream Tour is a “sports role-playing game, where players participate in a virtual Paralympic Games that takes place inside a fantasy metropolis known as Pegasus City.” It’s not yet clear how the game will work — there’s some reference to letting player “awaken their special abilities or ‘Xtra Power'” — but it’s going to be available for a range of devices, including smartphones.
The IPC hopes that the game will help a new generation of fans connect with the Paralympics. The next Paralympics will be held in Tokyo in 2020. And while the IPC did not specify a release date for the game, it will ostensibly come out before the 2020 games.
“The sport at the Paralympics is outstanding and helps transform attitudes towards persons with disabilities like no other event,” IPC President Andrew Parsons said in the statement. “I am really excited to see and play this game and see how the outstanding abilities of Para athletes are represented.”
The fact that Tabata is lending his talents to a Paralympics-themed game make us hopeful about the future of the now independent game maker — making games, and doing good.