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"Created with the help of world health experts from all over the world including the WHO, CEPI and GOARN, Plague Inc: The Cure is an engaging and timely simulation of a global disease response," said the studio in its announcement. You might have connected the dots already, but The Cure inverses the regular Plague Inc experience, and puts players in the role of leading health organisations in order to contain a deadly outbreak of a novel disease. Players must "balance social, economic and global health factors in order to keep the disease under control whilst also maintaining public trust."
No small task, to be sure. Research teams will act as scouts, able to discover who was patient zero, how the disease has spread since, and collaborate with individual countries to support local initiatives. Hospital capacities must be managed carefully, and measures like contact tracing, lockdowns, border closures, distancing and maintaining high levels of hygiene will curtail transmission. On the other hand (no pun intended), the player will be required to bolster the economy and be clear with their messaging, as peoples' complacency and desperation will lead to bad decisions due to poor governance.
Crucially, a vaccine will also be produced and manufactured while the disease ravages the world in waves. Global cooperation is key to speeding up the development of the cure, and to effective distribution to prevent the outbreak from flaring up when the population is most vulnerable. And, the best bit is that the DLC is totally free to download, until "COVID-19 is under control." It's sort of a peculiar offer, because I'd like to think that The Cure DLC will only be free for a limited time. By definition, it is, but usually games or add-ons are only free for a week and we could still be in lockdown in Easter.
Anyway, on a lighter note, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (or CEPI) has praised the studio for realistically representing the "challenges that must be overcome to rapidly and effectively respond to outbreaks of emerging pathogens." So, if you feel like saving the world this afternoon, then have at it.
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