Announced a few weeks ago, Tokyo 2020 Olympics: The Official Video Game now has a release date… in Japan at least. It will be released on July 24th in that region, where it will cost 4 990 Yen + taxes, which is quite cheap for a third-party game (especially a licenced one).
Here’s a trailer:
The official website was also launched, sharing a fair bit of details about the game. It turns out Tokyo 2020 Olympics: The Official Video Game will include at least 15 sports, which will all feature simple controls (with advanced options for more experienced players).
Here’s some of them:
- 100m: as straightforward as you would expect. You mash the buttons in order to make your character run faster and faster;
- 100m freestyle: you swim by alternating between the left and right sticks. If your timing is spot on, then your character speeds up. During the turn, if you press the button with the right timing as your character kicks the wall, then you get a speed boost that you can keep going by repeatedly pressing the same button. You then have to determine when to end the boost and resume swimming;
- 110 hurdles;
- Beach volleyball;
- Long jump;
- Hammer throw;
- 200m individual medley;
- Tennis (singles);
- Tennis (doubles);
- Table tennis (singles);
- Table tennis (doubles);
As expected with this kind of licenced games, the actual venues (stadiums, swimming pools, etc.) were all recreated with great fidelity.
As mentioned previously, you can create your very own avatar, and have it compete in the various sports. You can choose its appearance and physique, with various parts to choose from (hairdo, eyes, nose, etc.). There’s also accessories to choose from, such as glasses, face paints, and even beards (not really an accessory!).
But that’s not all: you can also have your character wear various clothes (both sportswear and everyday clothes). The more you play with your avatar, the more clothes will become available.
Finally, SEGA reveals that Tokyo 2020 Olympics: The Official Video Game will feature several game modes, such as:
- Olympic Games: 1 to 2 players (local multiplayer) / up to 4 players (online) can compete in order to try and win medals;
- Rank Games: compete against other players in order to get the highest rank possible. The more wins you get, the better the rank;
- Training: single player-only. Allows you to train in each of the sports featured in the game, so that you can shine during the real thing;
- My Data: allows you to check various bits of data, including a Medals Ranking (listing the number of medals won by each country, like at the actual Olympic Games), but also personal stats for each sport / mode.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics: The Official Video Game (Switch) comes out on July 24th in Japan, and next year in Europe and North America. The Upcoming Games page has been updated!