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IPC targets youth engagement with first-ever video game

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced today (Friday) that it will launch its first official video game in a move designed to raise the profile of Paralympic sports.

The IPC hopes the game will further engage the youth market in the Paralympic Games, which will take place in the Japanese capital of Tokyo from August 25 to September 6.

JP Games, a brand-new game developing studio, has been tasked with creating the video game, which will be titled ‘The Pegasus Dream Tour’. The role-playing game will mark the first title to be released by JP Games and will allow players to participate in a virtual Paralympic Games that takes place in a fantasy metropolis known as Pegasus City.

Players will be able to awaken their special abilities in an alternate Paralympics world that has been dynamically rendered. JB Games has plans for the game to be playable on various platforms, including smartphones.

IPC president Andrew Parsons said: “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 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.”

JP Games founder Hajime Tabata added: “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.”