Plague Inc. to contract Planet of the Apes-inspired Simian Flu

Plague Inc.'s concerningly-enthusiastic virus makers have smothered humanity in quite a few viruses, but they've yet to spread an epidemic that threatens to reassign apes as the world's dominant species. That's about to change, thanks to an update themed after the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which should be available "very soon" for the mobile Plague Inc. and its PC and Mac counterpart, Plague Inc.: Evolved. It will also be a threat in the to-be-released Xbox One version of Evolved.

Once the update adds the Simian Flu to a player's arsenal, it can be used against humanity as a lethal virus and as a supplementary aide to the spread of ape colonies. The press release notes tactical options like sending apes to attack research labs, hiding colonies from military drones and migrating to spare groups from experiment-happy scientists.

We're wondering if an update to an update is out of the question – specifically, if we could get an additional movie tie-in with The Wizard of Oz, so that our ape colonies could sprout wings and don silly little vests. Maybe airborne origins would help us finally bring the impenetrable fortress known as Greenland to its knees ...
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Ndemic Creations are excited to announce a major new update for Plague Inc. in partnership with 20th Century Fox. Get ready to infect the world with the Simian Flu from upcoming summer blockbuster movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes! The narratives of Plague Inc. and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes fit together perfectly and results in an incredibly powerful new plague type for new and existing Plague Inc. players to enjoy.

This is a major expansion pack update for Plague Inc. – one of the most popular mobile games ever.

The Simian Flu is a genetically modified virus created in a Gen-Sys lab. It has been found to increase intelligence in apes, but mutates rapidly and is untested on humans...

Experience Planet of the Apes on a global scale - See how humanity responds as you infect the world with a lethal, artificial virus. Can they handle a global pandemic while dealing with a growing nation of genetically evolved, intelligent apes?
Control communities of intelligent apes – 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.
For one species to rise, another must fall? – Master new gameplay mechanics and strategies to help apes become the dominant species on the planet. 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.

The update is coming to Plague Inc. on iOS and Android and Plague Inc: Evolved on PC & Mac. It will also be included in the future Xbox One edition of Plague Inc: Evolved.
It will be initially be available in English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (simplified/traditional), German, French, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

It will be available very soon :)

P.S: A fun fact – when I was making Plague Inc. (as a hobby) 3 years ago – I was watching the previous film Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the end credits scene gave me inspiration for Plague Inc. (it features a disease slowly infecting the world) Crazy to think that Plague Inc. is now big enough to work directly with the film's sequel!

This article was originally published on Joystiq.