KEY POINTS

  • Pandemic simulator "Plague Inc" will soon have a new game mode
  • The new mode allows users to fight against plagues and pandemics
  • Aside from working on the new game mode, the developers also donated in the fight against COVID-19

“Plague Inc.,” the popular pandemic simulator game that rose to the top of the list of the most downloaded mobile games due to the 2019 novel coronavirus, will soon have a new mode that will let players fight against diseases.

Popular pandemic simulator “Plague Inc.,” famous for being a realistic plague and disease outbreak simulation game, will soon allow players to play to win against plagues and diseases, Ars Technica reported. The developers behind the game are working on the new game mode, which will be a first for the more than eight-year-old mobile game title.

Ndemic Creations, the studio behind the game, announced that it is “accelerating” its work on the new game mode after being asked to “make a game which let (sic) the player work to stop an outbreak.” But instead of creating a totally new game, the developers said that it will be a new game mode instead.

The developers said that in the new game mode, players will have to balance “managing disease progression,” “boosting healthcare systems” and “controlling real-world actions such as triaging, quarantining, social distancing and closing of public services.” Sounds like it will give people an idea as to how healthcare systems could fight against plagues like COVID-19.

What's even more interesting here is that according to the developers, the new unnamed anti-plague game mode is being developed with help from “experts” from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, and more. The new game mode will be released for all “Plague Inc.” players for free once it is ready.

Not just a new game mode

Aside from creating a new game mode that will let people play on the offensive against pandemics and plagues, Ndemic Creations also announced that it has donated a quarter of a million dollars to fight against COVID-19. The $250,000 donation will be split between the WHO's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).

“Eight years ago, I never imagined the real world would come to resemble a game of Plague Inc. or that so many players would be using Plague Inc. to help them get through an actual pandemic,” said “Plague Inc.”creator James Vaughan said. “We are proud to be able to help support the vital work of the WHO and CEPI as they work towards finding a vaccine for COVID-19”.

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