Plague Inc.'s new 'The Cure' mode is free until the pandemic ends

Plague Inc: The Cure
Plague Inc: The Cure (Image credit: Ndemic Creations)

What you need to know

  • Ndemic Creations announced a new expansion for its popular Plague Inc. strategy game.
  • The update switches points of view, tasking the player with stopping a deadly plague.
  • Players will be able to experience the update free for the time being.

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Plague Inc., the fun yet macabre mobile strategy game, has seen a somewhat ironic surge in popularity. The game simulates the spread of a plague created by the player, who utilizes different methods to evolve and adapt the pathogen quick enough to wipe out every last person on the globe. While it was released back in 2012, the game has seen recent resurgences with the Ebola outbreak several years ago, and again with the current global pandemic. And now the company has released a new update that changes the game. Literally.

Ndemic Creations announced an expansion to the game called Plague Inc: The Cure. This version of the app flips the script by putting users on the other side of a deadly plague, doing what they can to get ahead of it before it wipes out the population.

Plague Inc The Cure Gameplay

Source: Ndemic Creations (Image credit: Source: Ndemic Creations)

In the new expansion, players will send out research teams tasked with finding Patient Zero, implement measures to slow the spread such as border closures and contact tracing, and figure out ways to support global economies while populations deal with the effects of the pathogen. Eventually players must research and develop a vaccine to stop the pathogen, working with global health agencies to administer it. Any of this sound familiar?

The expansion was developed with the help of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI), World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN). Ndemic Creations also announced that until our real-life pandemic is under control, the expansion is being made available for free, so get it while it lasts! And be sure to check out some of these other awesome strategy games for Android!

Derrek Lee
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