The Plague Inc. series of games is focused on destroying the world with a deadly pathogen. Now, in 2020 where that’s kind of happening in real life, the people behind the game are instead fighting against that.

Developer and publisher Ndemic Creations has announced two objectives it has undertaken in these trying times – one in the form of a monetary contribution to the coronavirus (COVID-19) fight, and another in a game mode where you aim to stop a pathogen instead of spreading it.

In a post on its website Ndemic Creations announced that it would be donating $250 000 (~R4.4 million) split between the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).

On top of their donation the team also suggests that anyone with the means to do so can donate to the Solidarity Response Fund on the WHO’s website. The money from this fund is used in multiple ways including tracking COVID-19, helping patients, bolstering medical workers and more.

Those who’d like to fight COVID-19 in a game instead will be happy to know that Ndemic Creations is working on a game mode in collaboration with the WHO, the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, and other similar organisations. 

“When arranging our donations with the WHO and CEPI, we were repeatedly asked if we could make a game which let the player work to stop an outbreak. Therefore, as well as providing financial support, we are accelerating work on a new Plague Inc. game mode which lets players save the world from a deadly disease outbreak. Players will have to balance managing disease progression and boosting healthcare systems as well as controlling real-world actions such as triaging, quarantining, social distancing and closing of public services,” the announcement reads.

When this new mode is completed it will be free during the pandemic.

Back in January Plague Inc: Evolved reached a record player count as players flocked to the game to try and understand how COVID-19 was spreading through the world.