Plague Inc: Evolved is a unique mix of high strategy and terrifyingly realistic simulation. Your pathogen has just infected 'Patient Zero' - now you must bring about the end of human history by evolving a deadly, global Plague whilst adapting against everything humanity can do to defend itself.
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Release Date: Feb 20, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Plague Inc: Evolved is in Early Access because it is currently in active development and features dangerous pathogens – so please wash your hands after playing to avoid infection!

On a serious note, it is in Early Access because the game is stable and polished but not currently feature-complete. Early Access is a great way to get player feedback on features as they are added in - helping to make Plague Inc. perfect!

Over 35 million people have played Plague Inc. to date and their input has been invaluable. Please get in touch and let me know how you want the game to evolve!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We are working very hard to add in new content and cool features and hope to be out of Early Access in a few months.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version is stable and polished with the core game complete. The Full Version will have additional features added.

So far - we have added:
  • The mind controlling Neurax Worm special disease type
  • The zombie-making Necroa Virus special disease type
  • The Simian Flu from the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes movie!
  • 18 Official Scenarios
  • Custom Scenario Creator
  • Speed run gameplay mode
  • 3 new cheats and greatly enhanced cheat functionality
  • Mac support
  • Linux support

We are still working on:
  • Competitive Multiplayer mode
  • Co-operative Multiplayer mode

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“At the moment, the game is stable and polished with the core game complete and we are working on additional features. Please only buy the game now if you are OK with this and understand that you may also encounter bugs (not the good, world-killing kind...).”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We may increase the price when the game comes out of early access but this has not been decided yet”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Player feedback and comments are incredibly important for the development process of Plague Inc: Evolved. We are extremely grateful for having such a passionate group of players and we make sure not to take it for granted.

Players will be able to send us feedback and ideas via the steam forums, the in-game contact form, twitter, Facebook etc. We will also use polls and specific forum threads to gather targeted feedback as required.

Developer commitments:
  • Be open and honest with players
  • Clearly communicate our development plans
  • Always post a change log when an update is released (I hate it when this doesn't get done :P)
  • Read every single comment on the forums and be an active presence
  • Respond to every support email
Note - due to Steam Friends limit - I can't accept every friend request - sorry! I will refresh my friend list every month or so in order to talk to new people.”
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May 1

Early Access Evolution 14 - Now on Linux and City Cam Update



April has been another extremely busy month for us. Although our main focus is still Multiplayer, some of the team had some spare capacity so we have been able to work on Evolution 14 at the same time, which includes a major city-cam update along with full Linux support.

It's really cool to finally be able to release the game for Linux - it's been on our development roadmap for ages and was a key thing we promised to do in Early Access. Huge thanks to our Linux beta testers - it has been extremely helpful getting all your feedback as we worked on making it run perfectly!



Evolution 14 also adds a major graphical update for everyone on all platforms as we have significantly expanded the city-cams which show humanity's struggle at street level. We've pushed out over 30 new country city cams with 132 new images to the game so now you get to see your disease infect a whole host of different cities and environments. What makes this feature especially cool is the support our community has given us in helping us find / provide the base images for us to 'plague-ify'. We will be adding more countries in the future! ( Full change log can be found on our forum.)

New Featured Scenarios

We've also updated our Featured Scenarios in-game, featuring the most inventive and polished scenarios we've played this month. Congrats to the authors!

The Great Purge by Lord Malthus
Bourbon Virus by Not Charles
M.A.t.H. by Mega Munchy
Rise of the Fridges byRoller Mobster
After The Plague by brothercake

You can check out these and thousands of other scenarios in game now!



Multiplayer Development Update

We're still deep in Multiplayer development and making some really good progress. One challenge we recently solved was how to decide who 'wins' the game. (If you just said person who killed the most - then the game would end at 50% dead)
The solution was to come up with a brand new, multiplayer-exclusive concept called Genetic Dominance - which sees both players trying to become stronger and absorb the other person's plague. It is essentially, a tug-of-war between players based on how many people they have infected and killed. Can you wipe out your opponent before they wipe out you? I can't wait to start beta testing - hopefully in the next month or so.

Check back soon for more news!

James

p.s. We had a fantastic response to the Insect themed Scenario Creator competition - watch out for announcements about the winners soon!

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March 27

Custom Scenario competition - First prize $100!



We are launching a community competition to see who can make the best custom scenario for Plague Inc: Evolved, using the theme "Bugs and Insects". Here are the prizes for the best 3:

  • 1ST PRIZE - $100 Amazon/Steam voucher, an extra copy of Plague Inc: Evolved for a friend, and the Plague Inc: Evolved soundtrack DLC
  • 2ND PRIZE - An extra copy of Plague Inc: Evolved for a friend, and the Plague Inc: Evolved soundtrack DLC
  • 3RD PRIZE - The Plague Inc: Evolved soundtrack DLC
Anyone with Plague Inc: Evolved on Steam can enter - just open the Scenario Creator from in-game and get started. When you have finished your creation, publish your scenario on the Steam Workshop (visible to all) and then submit it to the competition using the link below. All submissions must be made by the 30th April.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER YOUR SCENARIO

The theme of the competition is "BUGS AND INSECTS". You can use this theme as creatively as you want. It is open to interpretation, so let your imagination run wild, just make sure that you can explain how your final scenario is linked to the theme.

Good luck!


JUDGING CRITERIA
We are looking for scenarios that are original, creative, and most importantly fun to play! Here are some of the criteria we will use when judging
  • Did we enjoy playing it?
  • Does it relate to the theme?
  • Is it memorable? Does it stand out from other scenarios?
  • Does it have well-balanced gameplay?
  • Is the narrative/structure engaging?
  • Is it polished? (no typos, errors in gameplay or inconsistent graphics etc)

RULES
Your scenario must comply with these rules, otherwise it will not be considered
  • All submissions must be received by the 30th April. We will aim to announce the winners in May
  • Original content only - you may not use IP owned by others (e.g. you can't create a scenario about the film "A bug's life")
  • Submissions will only be accepted using the dedicated form
  • We will exclude any scenarios that we deem overly offensive or explicit
  • Submissions must be available in English
  • An entrant can submit a maximum of 3 scenarios but they can only win one prize
  • Scenario must comply with the Scenario Creator Terms and Conditions

T&Cs
Some boring but annoyingly important stuff
  • Ndemic reserves the right to use shortlisted scenarios in promotional images/campaigns
  • In some regions it may not be easy to gift the winner $100. In which case Ndemic will work with the winner to gift them Steam games of their choice
  • The winner is solely responsible for any taxes applicable to the prizes.
  • Ndemic reserves the right to amend these contest rules or to terminate the competition.
  • Any prizes will be awarded to the submitter of the scenario only. If there were multiple contributors, then it is the submitter's responsibility to share the prize.
  • In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, conduct, results and all other matters relating to the competition, Ndemic's decision shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.
  • Ndemic is not responsible for misdirected, incomplete, lost, late, illegible, undelivered, inaccurate or delayed entries, or for technical, hardware, or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions or other errors or problems that may limit or affect a person's ability to participate in the competition
  • By entering into the competition, each entrant agrees to release, discharge, and hold harmless Ndemic from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses, taxes, expenses or damages of any kind, either at law or in equity, whether known or unknown, arising out of or in connection with this competition, including the possession, use or inability to use any prize

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About This Game



Plague Inc: Evolved is a unique mix of high strategy and terrifyingly realistic simulation. Your pathogen has just infected 'Patient Zero' - now you must bring about the end of human history by evolving a deadly, global Plague whilst adapting against everything humanity can do to defend itself.

Plague Inc. is so realistic that the CDC even asked the developer to come and speak about the infection models in the game! http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2013/04/plague-inc/.

Over 35 million players have been infected by Plague Inc., and Plague Inc: Evolved combines the original critically acclaimed gameplay with significant, all-new features for PC:

  • Infectious Multiplayer - cooperative and competitive gameplay modes let you team up to fight the cure with friends, or compete in a race to kill the world.
  • Contagious Content Creator - hit the lab and develop your own custom scenarios, creating new plague types and worlds. Bring your deadliest ideas to life and share them with Steam Workshop.
  • Blinding Graphics - including full 3D disease models taking you closer to your plague than ever before, city-cams showing humanity's struggle at street level, and the body scanner highlighting the full effect of your mutations, organ by organ.
  • Deadly Data - predict government responses with priority indicators, geek out with loads of new stats and graphs, and analyse your best strategies with end-of-game replays.

Please note that Plague Inc: Evolved is currently in Early Access (see above for more details). We are currently hard at work and will be adding / polishing features over the coming weeks. More information: http://www.ndemiccreations.com/en/31-plague-inc-evolved-early-access.



  • 10 Different Disease Types – Master every pathogen; from bacteria to bio-weapons and mind control to zombies, end humanity by any means possible – different diseases will need radically different approaches.
  • Infectious Multiplayer – Cooperative and Competitive gameplay; team up to fight the cure with friends, or compete in a race to kill the world.
  • Contagious Content Creator – Hit the lab; develop your own custom scenarios - creating new plague types and worlds. Bring your deadliest ideas to life and share them with Steam Workshop.
  • 18 Unique Scenarios – Adapt your strategy; scenarios create further challenges for your pandemic – how will you handle a new strain of Swine Flu, or infect a world in Ice Age?
  • Stunning Graphical Features – Watch your disease take hold; witness your pathogen mutate in real-time disease models, see humanity's struggle at street-level on city-cams, and watch the full effect of your mutations organ-by-organ on the body scanner.
  • Hyper-Realistic World – Strategize in the real world; advanced AI and use of real-world data and events make Plague Inc: Evolved a highly authentic simulation of a world-ending pathogen. Even the CDC likes it!
  • Deadly Data - Geek out with stats and graphs; monitor infection and death levels, track government reactions and cure efforts, then review your plague's success (or failure!) with full game replays.
  • And much more... - Including speed runs, Mega-Brutal difficulty and genetic modification... Plus loads of new disease types and scenarios in future (free!) updates.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics (512MB)
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Unsupported video chipsets: Intel HD Graphics 3000, Intel GMA X3100, Intel GMA 950
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: 3.0GHz i5 Dual Core or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Radeon HD 3600 (1GB)
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Unsupported video chipsets: Intel HD Graphics 3000, Intel GMA X3100, Intel GMA 950
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.x (Snow Leopard)
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or greater
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Unsupported video chipsets: Intel HD Graphics 3000, Intel GMA X3100, Intel GMA 950. This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended Journaled (Case Sensitive)
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9.x (Mavericks)
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M (1GB GDDR5) / Intel Iris graphics or greater
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Unsupported video chipsets: Intel HD Graphics 3000, Intel GMA X3100, Intel GMA 950. This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended Journaled (Case Sensitive)
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 / Linux Mint 17.1 / Steam OS 1.59
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or greater
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Unsupported video chipsets : Intel HD Graphics 3000, Intel GMA X3100, Intel GMA 950
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 / Linux Mint 17.1 / Steam OS 1.59
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce GT640 / AMD R7 Series or greater
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Unsupported video chipsets : Intel HD Graphics 3000, Intel GMA X3100, Intel GMA 950
Helpful customer reviews
53 of 54 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Early Access Review
Plague Inc.: Evolved; let me first start out by saying, this is exactly how the Early Access model should be done. This game is an absolute treat to play.

The main idea behind the game, if you don't already know (I’d be surprised if you didn't to be honest), is to develop, mutated and transmit your very own disease. You can choose which symptoms you would like your diseases to have, how you would like it to be transmitted around the world and many other different options. There are a number of different kinds of diseases you can choose, my favourite has to be the zombie plague; each of the different modes offers different symptoms, abilities and ways to transmit your creation as well.

The graphics are essentially a 2D world map; you don't need anything else for this game, the UI and HUD are very nicely put together and you can get all of the information you require within a key press.

Each of the different modes have been carefully crafted so that no game ever feels the same; this game really makes you think, would this symptom thrive in these conditions? How can I get my plague to travel to the other side of the world when all of the airports are closed? The possibilities are endless.

The game can also vary in difficulty; each different mode has 4 stages of difficulty; and boy oh boy does it get hard in the brutal stages. You are best of cracking out a guide if you want to tackle some of the harder stages.

I have played about ten hours so far; this has enabled me to complete all the different types of diseases and modes on offer, done a couple on Brutal difficulty and worked on a few achievements. There are still roughly 100 more achievements to collect along with the scenario modes to play; and given that they game is still in early access, I fully expect there to be more content added soon too.

I can 100% guarantee that anyone will enjoy this game; it’s a perfect pick up and play game but you can also get mind numbingly deep into the inner workings of diseases and plagues without having to do six years in medical school.

If you found this review helpful, please consider giving it a thumbs up. You can also find more reviews over at http://www.completingthebackloggroup.com/


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49 of 56 people (88%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Early Access Review
Note to self: Move to Greenland.
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40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Early Access Review
"Your ex wife has destroyed the world despite the worlds best efforts."

10/10
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37 of 45 people (82%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Early Access Review
GREENLAND BLOCKED THEIR BOAT DOCKS SO I LOST
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Early Access Review
I just released a deadly virus on the watched it kill everyone on the planet and I'm not even mad. It's a whole lot better then the mobile version. I enjoyed the mobile version, but I heard of an enhanced PC, I was so excited to play it.

Pros:

- Better Visuals.
- Custom Community Scenarios.
- Constantly Updated.
- Better UI.
- Assuming Sickness Combos.
- Funny New Reports.
- Much like the original, Great Gameplay.
- Educational Experience.

Cons:
- None really. :)

GET THIS GAME.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Early Access Review
I love having the ability to kill off the entire human race without being arrested. Yay for being a bug!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Early Access Review
Plague Inc. EVOLVED is a virus simulation where you name and create your virus, pick a host country, evolve, mutate and spread across the world until you've infected and killed every person on earth.

Choose from a variety of symptoms and abilities for your virus to strategically spread and infect new countries while the remaining healthy population closes borders and works towards a cure. Unlock new abilities and infections by wiping out the human race, and add a bunch of awesome, well-made scenarios via the workshop.

+ Simple interface and menus
+ Comical achievements, and lots of them
+ Variable gameplay speed makes for quick games
+ Different strategies required for spreading your virus from game to game
+ Symptom tree makes for some interesting, humorous, and sometimes dark combinations
+ Impressive workshop content adds a ton to the game

- Point and click point gathering system is meh

Oh, and if a viral apocalypse ever really goes down, your best bet is to head for Greenland before they close the ports.

7.5/10
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Early Access Review
Quite funny and fairly simple way to kill some time. Might get boring during longer sessions of playing.




10/10 would rage at Greenland again
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Early Access Review
This game made me realize I'm a sick twisted human being.



Not my fault Greenland refuses to get sick with my parasite codenamed "Norton Antivirus".
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Early Access Review
I really love this game! It is amazing. I recommend playing this game!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Early Access Review
Good Game, Can't wait for Multiplayer to be released
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Early Access Review
Not a single person likes Greenland 10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Early Access Review
A very nice and addictive game It might be a little bit overpriced but definetely worth it 9.5/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Early Access Review
My wife called me a sicko for playing this kind of game, i simply replied that everyone on the planet (ingame) is already sick and dying... :P

10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Early Access Review
super cool game.
It make me shout out REKT at the end
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Early Access Review
The only complaint i can find so far is when i buy all the resistances the cure bar moves faster. Even the training pop up states this is 1 of 2 ways to slow the cure and yet it cures faster? I do recommend this game but hope they fix whatever this issue is.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Early Access Review
Killed 99% of the world, 1% of the world survived due to closing the border.

9/10 Addictive
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Early Access Review
Plague Inc. Evolved - Whether it is the Simian Flu or your own custom disease, Plague Inc. Evolved definitely provides a wide spectrum of upgrades which can enhance your disease when you collect DNA Points by doing horrible things that you wouldn't usually do in real life like:
Infecting millions/billions with a zombie like plague
Killing the millions/billions of people I infected for a laugh.
Release your true Hannibal Lector in Plague Inc. Evolved today :D
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Early Access Review
In the next few years I will be studying microbiology and immunology, not that that really matters, but I really enjoy this game. It not only sparks my interests but it is also very entertaining. I enjoy developing a pathogen and MWUHAHAAH... Destroying all of humanity in the most efficient way possible. The game is exciting and it is not easy. The game presents a challenge that is really worth while.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Early Access Review
So um, Multiplayer? What do we do there? Stab eachother with syringes and hope that one of us dies first because of the plague? Yeah, thought so.
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