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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Toyko Out of Emergency. Implications? Where's PEGASUS DREAM TOUR?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - KoopaTV has an exclusive scoop.

My apologies for not initially bringing this up (mostly because how little media coverage it was getting so I didn't know about it): At the same time the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo were announced to be delayed, the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo were also delayed.

The reason why the Paralympic Games are of interest is that last year, we brought up a game called The Pegasus Dream Tour. It's a very stylised sports role-playing game around the Paralympics, brought to you by a former director of Square Enix, Hajime Tobata, at his new company JP GAMES. Seems very interesting. But we've heard no news on it since it was announced. Well, until now.

...But, first, let's briefly talk about the state of affairs on Japan in general. Japan has ended their nationwide state of emergency. This has some profound implications, including that Japanese companies like Nintendo can fully go back to work on things like fixing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's metagame. And, uh, making new games. Like a new Ace Attorney.

OR, like The Pegasus Dream Tour. I actually reached out to JP GAMES, the developer:

“Hello,

Are you still working on The Pegasus Dream Tour? We haven't heard anything about it since 2019, and I hope it has not been cancelled or anything.

Thank you,”

Here is the reply:
“Dear Ludwig Von Koopa

Hello, this is JP GAMES PR Team.

Thank you for contacting us.

Of course, we've been working on The Pegasus Dream Tour.
Although the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021, we are doing our best to push past our initial goal.

Please look forward to it.

Sincerely,

JP GAMES PR Team”

Now, at first glance, that is a non-informative, generic answer.

But here at KoopaTV, we can find insights that go beyond the first glance.

The fact that there even is a public relations team to begin with (even if it's one guy pretending they are multiple people forming a team) that checks and answers emails suggests that the company is at least still in operation, which suggests they probably are working on the game.

This is news because their websites (for both the company and the game) haven't been updated since the initial April 2019 announcement. They could easily have dropped off the face of Earth and no one would know about it.

But now you know better, so, as the PR guy said, we'll look forward to it.

Besides, I also gotta look forward to my own, real-life, non-Paralympic appearance in non-state of emergency Tokyo. I wonder what'll happen first. Depends on whatever “push past our initial goal” even means.


What do you think that means? Do you think Tokyo will re-enter a state of emergency? Will the United States leave its own virus-driven shutdowns given the fact that social distancing is no longer even a concern for the population? Are you even looking forward to The Pegasus Dream Tour?

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