Ndemic Creations' Plague Inc. [$0.99] is one of those games I never imagined would hook me like it has. It's a strategy title that sees you unleashing a plague on the world and then managing how best to make it spread and annihilate the human population before scientists are able to wise up and find a cure for it.

With a ton of different plague types, each with their own modification trees to explore and strategies to utilize, Plague Inc. is a highly satisfying and cerebral affair. Since its original release and our review from mid-2012, the game has been updated extensively adding even more content and strategies to the mix. We even talked with the developer who revealed a ton of interesting facts behind Plague Inc. which turned out to be one of our most popular stories of the year.

Today, Ndemic has sent over the details of the new upcoming update for Plague Inc. which adds a new virus to the game. It's called the Necroa Virus and at first blush seems pretty similar to the other plagues you can unleash in the game in the way it behaves. However, there is one branch of mutation that will enable it to reanimate the humans that it's killed, thus turning them into zombies. From here a whole bunch of cool stuff happens.

A new population category appears, so you're now keeping your eye on who is healthy, infected, dead and who is a zombie. Once zombies are unleashed on the world they'll begin attacking and infecting the healthy humans, and at this point a "cure" doesn't do a whole lot of good. So humanity fights back. A new organization of zombie hunters called Z Com will popup around the world and need to be dealt with if you hope to wipe out humanity. There's also a new mechanic called Active Abilities which will allow you to directly control specific regions of zombies to attack the living population, and even reanimate fallen zombies. The Necroa Virus comes with 5 new genes for additional customization options, as well as new algorithms, evolution options, government responses, events and more that make it feel unlike any other plague before it.

Like the previous Neurax Worm expansion, the Necroa Virus will be available as a $1.99 IAP or unlocked for free if you're able to complete the game on the brutal difficulty. If you can do that, you are good, my friend. The upcoming update will also feature some new things that apply to everyone even if they choose not to get the Necroa Virus. These include new events and achievements, some UI fixes to make the game easier to play, and general tweaks and fixes.

Oh, and since people seem to love hearing about cool Plague Inc. factoids, here's a few on how well the game did in 2012. It was the 15th most popular paid iPhone game and 18th most popular paid iPad game overall for the year, and 76th top grossing game during that same time. And the Neurax Worm expansion pack? That thing was pretty popular too, and has been played over 5 million times since its release last September.

The Necroa Virus update is set to launch sometime next month, so check out the Plague Inc. discussion in our forums and we'll be sure to let you know when it hits.

  • mguniverse

    Still waiting for retina iPad support...

    • BrushMyNoseOff

      Looks pretty damn good to me as is. I'll take content updates over facelifts in such type of game any given day. But hey, we are all different.

  • the fish

    So looking forward to this! Yesterday I finished the last of the normal plagues on brutal. Today I did the neurax worm and now I don't have anything to do :(

    • HelperMonkey

      It IS flu season in the real world... You could always get that and start spreading it around.

  • nijikai

    I love love LOVE their system for IAP. You wanna play the new virus, but don't wanna buy it? Better start honing your strategy for brutal mode challenges. You wanna play it, but don't want to muck around with brutal? Buy it. Everyone wins, and gets to play how they want to play. So good.

    I beat the whole game on brutal twice, so I unlocked all the content without needing to purchase anything, but sometimes I wish I could buy the game all over again to voice my opinion with a dollar or three. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Drexiel Drexiel Tempest

    =O awesome! And i just checked the android store, i haven't updated my version So i still haven't played the Neurax Worm update... more for me to do :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/eleventy4 James Copp

    Freaking. Sick. Literally.

  • Tera

    I wish there was a pc mood for this game.

  • HelperMonkey

    Maybe for a sequel (or spin-off):
    Biological warfare mode. Attempt to devastate an enemy nation while avoiding dangerous ramifications from the disease spreading to neutral countries, all while trying to control and contain the enemy's biological attack on your own country.
    Yeah?

    • Zeldaniac

      Yes. Just yes. I shall repost (and give you credit) on a lot of places. Genius.

    • http://www.facebook.com/marvin.hubregtse Marvin Hubregtse

      i really dont wanna pop your buble buuut there already is a biowarfare mode

      • Derek Parker

        You're an idiot. Did you even read his suggestion? Clearly you're incapable of unlocking the current bio weapon mode.

  • borb86

    Really glad this is coming. Insta-buy for me because I'm not nearly good enough to beat them all on brutal.

  • EpicGamerDude

    Yes yes yes
    Best game evr! Didnt have skills or money to unlock neurax worm tho... :(

    • Miësto

      There's an easy strategy for brutal game modes, just don't upgrade many transmissions to avoid having too remove systems. Just stay covert till the whole world is infected, then with stockpiled points, upgrade lethal symptoms(Total organ failure).This strategy doesn't work for NanoVirus however.

  • laursifer

    I had never played this game before. My productivity level for the day is experiencing a rapid decline.

  • Jimmy Nias

    Here's a tip, if you want it. Purchase ONLY the transmissions air and water borne tier 2, sell all mutations as soon as they pop up. I ended up with 100% of the population infected before anyone noticed, and had 100+ evolution points. Paranoia, insomnia, insanity, anemia and organ failure. The entire world dissolved into anarchy before the cure was 10% complete. Everyone was dead within five months of the mutation (Though it took around 4 years to infect everyone :/)

  • Jimmy Nias

    Here's a tip, if you want it. Purchase ONLY the transmissions air and water borne tier 2, sell all mutations as soon as they pop up. I ended up with 100% of the population infected before anyone noticed, and had 100+ evolution points. Paranoia, insomnia, insanity, anemia and organ failure. The entire world dissolved into anarchy before the cure was 10% complete. Everyone was dead within five months of the mutation (Though it took around 4 years to infect everyone :/)

  • http://www.facebook.com/simon.zoltan.98 Simon Zoltán

    Can't Wait!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/maryannhobbs73 Mary Ann Hobbs

    I want it on my pc. My boyfriend tried to find it but we didn't see anything. Is there anyway to play it on the pc?

  • Miësto

    Perhaps add an online mode where you vs. an opponent to see who successfully can mastermind the more successful sickness.(By kills, infectivity and collateral damage/severeness)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.sail Aaron Cottam

    Another idea: a local and online multiplayer mode where one of you controls the pathogen, and the other is responsible for developing a cure. The gameplay for the pathogen controller would be the same, and the one responsible for the cure would choose where to use their resources and what to spend their money on? If anyone would like to build on this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.hansen.102 Evan Hansen

    ncom? Thats such a xcom ripoff

  • Starlight Okamii

    Wow, amazing, just plain AMAZING!!!