Ndemic's Plague Inc. [$0.99] has seen an overwhelming amount of support since its release in May of 2012. Numerous updates have added new content to the game at a steady pace, and the enormous success of the game has even resulted in a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which saw the game's creator speak at the CDC as well as some actual CDC-related content for the game. Today Ndemic has announced another partnership, this time with 20th Century Fox that'll see the Simian Flu featured in the upcoming film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes added into Plague Inc.

As you probably know, Plague Inc. is all about setting a disease free somewhere on Earth and doing everything you can to make the disease spread and eventually wipe out all of humanity. It's not easy though, as humans are always trying to find a cure for your disease and even simple things like the weather can affect how prolific your disease is. With the Simian Flu, things work a bit differently. The disease causes apes to evolve into super-intelligent beings, and the crux behind Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the battle between humans and apes for dominance over the planet.

So with the Simian Flu in Plague Inc., you're not actually trying to infect and kill all of humanity per se, but you're trying to aid the ape species so they can all become intelligent and then take over humanity themselves. It's a super interesting wrinkle to the normal Plague Inc. formula, and it affords some new gameplay mechanics to the game. For example, you'll be able to control communities of intelligent apes. As Ndemic explains, "As well as infecting humans, evolve your disease in parallel to allow ape-to-ape transmission and improve their cognitive abilities. Ape colonies will generate DNA whilst helping apes avoid detection from humans."

Simian Flu Poster - High Res-1

Controlling the apes themselves is just as important–or even more so–than controlling the spread of the disease. Ndemic elaborates on this, "Decide when your apes should rampage against research labs, move apes to avoid detection from military drones and use ape migration to prevent scientists from conducting aggressive ape experiments." It sounds ridiculously cool.

An additional little factoid that Ndemic passed along to us is that the developer was inspired to create Plague Inc. after watching the credits portion of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which is the first film in the rebooted Planet of the Apes film series. The credits scene shows a disease slowly infecting the world, just like it does in Plague Inc. It's crazy that just three years later and Plague Inc. is now officially involved with that movie's sequel.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set to open in theaters July 11th, and you can check out the official trailer on YouTube which features a quick Plague Inc. shoutout at the end. As for the Simian Flu update, Ndemic says it's coming "very soon" and we'll of course give you a heads up when it goes live.

  • NoonLock81

    You're doing a nice job. Keep it up!

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    • Ndemic Creations

      Thanks :) Working hard!

  • echo_pdx

    STILL my favorite iOS game. Still!

    Keep the updates coming, there's nothing I look forward to more from that app update screen! :)

  • HelperMonkey

    To clarify the film's implications regarding the "simian flu," the virus not only made apes very intelligent, but it was also massively lethal to humans. Otherwise, regardless of the benefit to the apes, the population discrepancy between apes and humans on Earth - being perhaps a few hundred thousand versus nearly seven billion - would have been insurmountable. It wasn't the apes that nearly wiped out humanity, it was the virus. The simian flu essentially leveled the playing field for any ape/human conflict. --And that's my geek rant for the day.

    • Ndemic Creations

      Don't worry - I'm fully aware! All about the realism

  • the_rebel14

    Wow! Congrats to them. That's a nice license deal!

  • Kane

    Perfect scenario this. All the apes have gone Bannanas!

    • Ndemic Creations

      heh, yep!

  • CamoulageBacca

    When is the new update going to be released?

  • Henry Marden

    Can't wait!

  • Jack Costello

    This game is by far my favorite game on the app store. Keep coming up with new ideas and diseases! Keep it up before it gets boring jk XD Simian flu sounds fun so yeah keep being cool

  • Romaan Naeem

    Will it be an IAP or something like the Necroa Virus/Neurax Worm (where you could unlock it through play) Thanks for such an awesome game! :D