Plague Inc., the strategy game where the player evolves and spreads their own deadly plague, is adding a new scenario. The game was released initially released in 2012, and has since been released on multiple platforms. Recently, the global anti-vaxxer movement has been gaining more and more traction. After a petition to add anti-vaxxers as a buff in Plague Inc. went viral on Change.org, developer Ndemic Creations caved into players’ demands and agreed to add a very unique scenario.
It didn’t take long for the petition to soar past 10,000 signatures. Finally, the developer agreed to bring anti-vaxxers to the game. While we don’t have a release date, Ndemic confirmed that an anti-vaxxer scenario is coming to Plague Inc. “soon”.
ICYMI: Alright, alright! You spoke, we listened. Neurie's very happy to hear that we're going to start figuring out anti-vaxxers soon. He's dying to try and get inside their heads. https://t.co/fYq09awgJc pic.twitter.com/qxnNQGIV1b
— Plague Inc. / Rebel Inc. (@NdemicCreations) February 26, 2019
All these scenarios, including the upcoming anti-vaxxer event, influence the spread of the player’s disease. Speaking with EuroGamer, Plague Inc. creator said, “We’re currently working out how Anti-Vaxxers will work in the game – we have a few ideas that we’re trying out and running them through our algorithms.”
Although anti-vaxxers have been around for a long time, the whole movement caught a lot of attention after the recent measles outbreak. Refusing vaccinations is not only a threat yourself, but also to others around you. In fact, anti-vaxxers are so dangerous that the World Health Organization has declared them as one of the gravest threats to global health.
Fortunately, the gaming community is doing its part to tackle the issue. While adding an anti-vax scenario to Plague Inc. probably won’t change people’s minds, it’s great to see game developers acquire some good out of an otherwise depressing situation.
This isn’t the first time Plague Inc. has added scenarios like this. In November 2016, the Shadow Plague update brought vampire scenario. In the same update, BREXIT events which allowed players to decide the political outcome of Brexit were added.