Viral disease simulator Plague Inc: Evolved has an Xbox One release date. Already available for PC and itself a remake of popular mobile game Plague Inc, the Xbox One version of Plague Inc: Evolved will be available digitally on the Xbox Store this Friday, September 18.
In the game players control a disease that has infected a single person and from there must branch out into the population at large before authorities can find a cure. Players choose a disease to control and attempt to evolve it’s properties to stay ahead of medical professionals. The Xbox One version will feature nine different diseases over 20 different scenarios. Sounds like fun for the whole family doesn’t it?
The game has actually drawn the attention of the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who became interested in the game’s potential to teach the public about infectious disease outbreaks and how such maladies move within the population. Rear Admiral Ali S. Khan, the former Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) at the CDC conducted an interview with the game’s creator James Vaughan in early 2013 following the game’s initial release on mobile platforms.
In a blog post published on the CDC website that contained the interview, Khan gave his opinion of the game, writing “I became interested in Vaughan’s game as a tool to teach the public about outbreaks and disease transmission because of how it uses a non-traditional route to raise public awareness on epidemiology, disease transmission, and diseases/pandemic information. The game creates a compelling world that engages the public on serious public health topics.”
“For PHPR, using non-conventional methods to communicate with the public has worked really well in the past through social media and blogs posts. We were very excited to welcome James to CDC and learn more about using other digital platforms to reach a general audience.”
“‘CDC uses digital media to raise awareness on health issues that the nation faces today,’ says Katherine Lyon-Daniel, PhD, Associate Director of Communication at CDC. ‘Meeting with industry leaders is a great way to learn more about reaching new audiences through mobile apps.'”