JP Games Makes First Paralympics Video Game

Despite the close of the 2020 Summer Paralympics, the event is far from over in the world of video games.Additionally, The Pegasus Dream Tour, an officially licensed Paralympics game, launched in June and featured its own in-game concert as the closing ceremony.The Summer Olympic Games and some Winter Olympic Games have been accompanied by video games since 1992, giving players the chance to achieve what most of us will never be able to achieve in real life.ecoming the norm in movies and television, diversity in games is also essential.”
The Pegasus Dream Tour is the first time fans of the Paralympics have had the same opportunity. Why?Taeko Yoshimoto, PR manager for the game’s developer JP Games, says that while the Paralympics has a high level of recognition, it doesn’t have as large a fan base as other gamified events such as the Olympics or football World Cups.Despite this being only a hypothesis, we believe many companies won’t be able to tackle it as easily or successfully, especially in terms of sales, but we felt we had a really unique offering to approach the game from.”Pegasus Dream Tour has been developed to be more accessible, both in terms of controls (more on that shortly) and audience. Consequently, it’s available both on Android and iOS, and it’s free to download and play.In Yoshimoto’s opinion, “mobile is by far the fastest-growing market in video games, and it’s the most accessible.” Since the game is designed to encourage people who’ve never played games before to get involved, the cell phone platform was chosen.”Many of our target players are not accustomed to using both hands to move their avatars freely, so we designed the game to be easy, automatic, and without the need for advanced techniques.”mobile is its portability. While console Olympics games — even Mario & Sonic games — often require dexterous handling of a traditional gamepad with quick reflexes and perhaps an unhealthy amount of mashing buttons as quickly as possible, The Pegasus Dream Tour aims to be accessible to all ages and abilities.
Players can improve their chances of winning by putting their character through training exercises and workouts or by eating a nutritional diet for more energy. They can also boost their avatar’s performance by tapping the screen at the right time when the bars appear on screen.”We wanted to capture the spirit of the Paralympic Games, but we didn’t want it to be just a collection of minigames”ine games community for people with disabilities, and various influencers with disabilities to get feedback and ensure the experience was authentic. To that end, the developer also frequently consulted with the International Paralympic Committee and even has avatars representing nine real-world athletes in the game.
Yoshimoto says that the Paralympic Committee and other athletic organizations and para-athletes are frequently shown the games we developed in order to gain an accurate understanding of them. “Orthopedic manufacturers also offered to cooperate on the development of the games and concepts.”As a result of the orthotics consultations, which include wheelchairs, prosthetic arms, and legs, the disabled player can create a much more individualized avatar. This is one of the few instances where even those without disabilities can create their own avatar.Players can explore Pegasus City in between events and interact with other players and NPCs via the touch screen. Again, accessibility-centric design means players can freely move around and tap options while conversing.The game is pitched as a sustainable metropolis, with a futuristic appearance. And, as with most live service games, Pegasus City will evolve over time, adding new facilities to help players level up their para-athlete.

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