Plague Inc. introduces fake news scenario, so you can wipe out the planet with a stupid political conspiracy like a real US president

Just in time for the 2020 election campaign, Ndemic Creations has launched a post-facts update to the game’s list of extinction simulations, including innovative new opportunities to exploit and manipulate virtual Karens with otherwise easily debunked misinformation. Because if measles doesn’t work, maybe it’s time to talk about the emails.

Designed in collaboration with info orgs including Full Fact and Politifact, Plague Inc’s fake news scenario swaps diseases with social media.

“Just like a deadly pandemic, the spread of misinformation is a huge threat to our society,” explains game designer James Vaughn on the studio’s blog. “When designing this new update for Plague Inc., it was scary how many of our infection algorithms translated perfectly to the world of false facts, fake news and bad information.”

The update is available now on iOS, with a launch on PC, Android, and consoles expected “soon”.

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