Plague Inc. has recently gone offline, new and old players are pushing the servers to the maximum capacity. This is resurgence in the player count is due the outbreak of the coronavirus in China.
Plague Inc. does work as a pandemic simulator, players must evolve a disease in order to infect and kill every human being. To avoid people taking the game and its information too seriously, developer Ndemic Creations issued a statement recently:
“The Coronavirus outbreak in China is deeply concerning and we’ve received a lot of questions from players and the media.
Plague Inc. has been out for eight years now and whenever there is an outbreak of disease we see an increase in players, as people seek to find out more about how diseases spread and to understand the complexities of viral outbreaks.
We specifically designed the game to be realistic and informative, while not sensationalizing serious real-world issues. This has been recognized by the CDC and other leading medical organizations around the world.
However, please remember that Plague Inc. is a game, not a scientific model and that the current coronavirus outbreak is a very real situation that is impacting a huge number of people. We would always recommend that players get their information directly from local and global health authorities.”
According to the BBC, the game ironically became the top-selling app in China, which suggested that people were downloading the game due to the rise of Coronavirus, on Friday. Ndemic Creations said its website and Plague Inc. servers were struggling to keep with the demand of the newer players.
Plague Inc. is actually a game that has done well since its release, the game has a simple interface, and a nice strategic gameplay.