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Plague Inc. flips the script, letting players save the world from a pandemic

The game's developer is also donating $250,000 to fight the coronavirus.

Plague Inc. is about to change.
Ndemic Creations

Plague Inc. is a strategy game where players try to infect the world with a new pathogen. It surged in popularity at the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Now developer Ndemic Creations has a new mode in the works for Plague Inc., where players will try to stop a deadly outbreak from taking over the world. 

Stopping the pathogen from global domination will take a strategic approach of managing the disease, improving health care systems and controlling real-world actions such as quarantining, social distancing and closing of public spaces, Ndemic Creations said in a post Monday.

Ndemic Creations didn't say when the new mode will be available, but the company did say the mode will be free for all players. 

The developer also said it donated $250,000 to the Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organization'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," games creator James Vaughan said in a release Tuesday. "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."

Plague Inc. is available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, iOS and Android.