Hajime Tabata’s company, JP Games, is teaming up with All Nippon Airways (ANA) for something different. The Final Fantasy XV director will put his years of RPG development experience to use as the general producer for the project, which will reportedly send users traveling virtually on their smartphones. [Thanks, Yomiuri and Famitsu via GamesTalk.]
ANA Holdings began preparations for its new project in August 2020. The Japanese airline company aims to launch it sometime within the next two to three years. Details are light for now, but according to reports, users will get to travel in virtual spaces on their smartphones to visit actual cities that were recreated using CG.
JP Games founder and CEO Tabata provided a comment about his upcoming work with ANA:
“I want to make the best use of my knowledge and skills fostered from RPG development to evolve travel into something beyond reality. I’ll give it my best to be helpful to ANA.”
The last time we heard from JP Games, the developer was working on the Paralympic Games’ first official video game, titled The Pegasus Dream Tour. However, after the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games were delayed due to COVID-19, so was the mobile game. JP Games clarified that development would continue as a separate project.
ANA and JP Games will share more details at a later date.