Ever the sign of the times, millions of players have now been going back to play Plague Inc. after the recent Coronavirus outbreak news. But the flood of players caused a bit of a backlash as the game has crashed due to the number of players. Developer Ndemic Creations released a statement about it as they work to get the game back up and running.
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 sensationalising serious real-world issues. This has been recognised by the CDC and other leading medical organisations 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 which is impacting a huge number of people. We would always recommend that players get their information directly from local and global health authorities.