It’s taken a while to arrive but Plague Inc’s free DLC has finally landed, having been announced in March last year. The DLC turns the game on it’s head and tasks you to try and stop and mutating virus from spreading across the globe rather than encouraging the plague to infect every corner of the world.
The DLC is “free for all Plague Inc. players until COVID-19 is under control” and is said to be the biggest expansion to the game ever. It has been created with the help of world health experts from all over the planet including WHO, CEPI and GOARN.
Here are those ever so important features:
- Hunt the Disease: Dispatch research teams around the world to find patient zero, track the spread of the outbreak and support local responses.
- Control the Outbreak: Implement measures such as contact tracing, lockdowns and border closures to limit the spread of the outbreak, whilst getting people to wash their hands and preparing hospitals to prevent them getting overwhelmed.
- Support the Economy: People won’t comply with poorly designed quarantine measures; use furlough schemes and other policies to drive community support and consensus.
- Develop a Vaccine: Research, manufacture and distribute a vaccine to stop the disease. Work carefully and promote global cooperation to accelerate development.
Back in the before times the Ndemic Creations virus simulation game jumped to the top of the charts in China, Russia, the UK, and pretty much every other country in the world as we all enjoyed playing and finding out just how fast a virus can spread. A year on and I doubt there is anyone enjoying the current pandemic, so the new DLC offers a much needed alternative perspective.
The nine year old game became so popular that Ndemic Creation’s website was crashing and they have had to release a statement warning people not to use the game as a tool to simulate the Coronavirus.
The Coronavirus outbreak in China is deeply concerning and we’ve received a lot of questions from players and the media.
Plague Inc. has been out for eight years now and whenever there is an outbreak of disease we see an increase in players, as people seek to find out more about how diseases spread and to understand the complexities of viral outbreaks.
We specifically designed the game to be realistic and informative, while not sensationalising serious real-world issues. This has been recognised by the CDC and other leading medical organisations around the world.
However, please remember that Plague Inc. is a game, not a scientific model and that the current coronavirus outbreak is a very real situation which is impacting a huge number of people. We would always recommend that players get their information directly from local and global health authorities.