Ndemic Creations have announced two huge bits of news today around their hit Plague Inc: Evolved, after recently having a massive surge in players due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
They've made a $250,000 donation to help fight it, which has been split between the CEPI (Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations) and the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
“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 James Vaughan, creator of Plague Inc. “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”.
Additionally, they said when they were sorting out these donations, they were asked repeatedly if they could make a game that let people actually stop an outbreak. So now, the team at Ndemic Creations are working on a new mode for Plague Inc. where you actually save the world. They said it will have you mix "managing disease progression and boosting healthcare systems as well as controlling real-world actions such as triaging, quarantining, social distancing and closing of public services" and this new game mode is being done with help from the World Health Organisation, the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network and more.
The really good news is that it will be a free update for all existing players, more info will come when they're ready to talk more on it.
Plague Inc: Evolved is a very fascinating game, and it has some great community content with tons of mods available to simulate all kinds of things. That's in addition to the various built-in modes it has, it can keep you busy for plenty of hours. You can buy Plague Inc: Evolved on Humble Store and Steam.