Former Final Fantasy director Hajime Tabata developing videogame for 2020 Paralympics

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  • Friday, 12 Apr 2019

The Pegasus Dream Tour is the first game ever about Paralympic sports and is being developed by Hajime Tabata and his studio JP Games. — International Paralympic Committee (IPC)

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has partnered with ex-Final Fantasy director Hajime Tabata and his studio JP Games to develop The Pegasus Dream Tour, a Paralympics-themed RPG (role playing game) set in a fantasy metropolis called Pegasus City.

The president of the IPC, Andrew Parsons, said the aim of the The Pegasus Dream Tour is to get the youth interested in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

“Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, we are eager to explore innovative ways to engage with new and younger global audiences,” he posted on the IPC website.

“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 Pegasus Dream Tour is the first game that Tabata has worked on since he left Square Enix last year to start his own studio, JP Games.

“This is not just an ordinary videogame 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,” wrote Tabata.

The Final Fantasy director had previously worked on a number of games while at Square Enix, including Final Fantasy XV, The 3rd Birthday and Kingdom Hearts Coded.

The Pegasus Dream Tour will be available on multiple devices, including smartphones sometime next year and prior to the 2020 Paralympics. For future updates on the game’s development, check out the official Pegasus Dream Tour website.

The 2020 Paralympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan, from Aug 25 to Sept 6 next year.

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