Final Fantasy director’s Paralympics RPG launches next month

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The first project of Final Fantasy XV Director Hajime Tabata’s new studio, JP Games, will finally be released next month, the company announced. The Pegasus Dream Tour is a mobile RPG themed around the Paralympic Games, the first game ever to be officially licensed by Paralympics. It was initially announced more than two years ago, but the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo were postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and there has been radio silence on the project ever since.

JP Games describes The Pegasus Dream Tour as an “avatar RPG” set in Pegasus City. You can create a character from a selfie from your phone and train them in different para sports. The game features illustrated versions of nine real-life para-athletes competing in sports such as javelin, track and field and wheelchair basketball. The popular Japanese robot cat mascot Doraemon has also been included as a guide to Pegasus City.

Badminton player Rie Ogura, who can be seen in The Pegasus Dream Tour. The athletes are illustrated by the Japanese artist Godtail.

The teaser trailer doesn’t give away too much information on how The Pegasus Dream Tour will actually play, with a very brief glimpse of the in-game action. The game’s style and scope seem to have changed quite a bit since the initial announcement, and Tabata suggests that the Games delay has changed the focus of the project.

“The format of The Pegasus Dream Touroriginally planned as a “Para-Sports RPG,” was switched to that of an “Avatar RPG” in the wake of the global pandemic and the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games, “Tabata said in a statement. because I felt that the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, to be held after the postponement, would allow humanity to overcome their divisions and bring our minds together. Whatever the outcome of the Tokyo 2020 Games, it is my wish for people to come everywhere and receive the positive energy that abounds in Pegasus City. “

The Pegasus Dream Tour will be available for iOS and Android from June 24. It’s a free download with in-app purchases; JP Games says a portion of the profits will go to the Agitos Foundation, an organization that helps people with disabilities play sports. Pre-launch registration for the game opens today.