Plague Inc. gets a new "save the world" mode, devs donate to the fight against COVID-19

By Heidi Nicholas,
Ndemic Creations, developers of Plague Inc. and Plague Inc: Evolved, recently donated to the fight against COVID-19. In doing so, they entered into discussions about a possible new mode which would allow players to save the world from a disease outbreak — they're now working on this, and it will be a free update to all players. Although the devs don't specify whether "all players" means console, mobile, and PC; most previous updates for the game have been available across all platforms.

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In a news post, Ndemic says that they've split a $250,000 donation between the Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organisation's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Their news post includes a statement from the game's creator, James Vaughan: “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,” he 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”. Their post also includes messages of gratitude from the CEO of CEPI and the President and CEO of the UN Foundation. The devs will be further promoting the WHO's Response Fund in the game so that players can donate there too.

Ndemic says that while in discussions about the donation, they were asked about making a game where players could stop an outbreak. This has led to work on a new free game mode which will let players "save the world from a deadly disease outbreak". The devs are working on this mode in collaboration with experts from the WHO and the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, among others. The new mode will ask players to "balance 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."

Ndemic says they'll have more info soon, and we'll update you here when they do.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!