[This fascinating web game lets you experience what it would be like to live through a deadly worldwide pandemic/The Collapse]
A new web-based simulator lets you recreate all the fun and excitement of causing an end of the world pandemic, without the hassle of all the actual dying and widespread panic that comes along with it.
Fittingly titled “The Collapse,” the game creatively puts the user in the shoes of “Patient Zero,” and immediately informs the player that you’ve been infected with a weaponized version of the smallpox virus.
To get started, the the player is invited to enter in their geographic location, and by doing so places them within a real life mapped out setting.
You are then invited to make a series of choices, each with its own specific consequence, that result in a different rate of infection amongst the population surrounding you.
The game not only reveals how quickly a virus can spread within an urban area, but also conveniently keeps a running total of both the rate of infected and the number of casualties caused by the virus as well.
To help heighten the realism of this simulated experience, the game makes uses of real life data sourced from World Health Organization, Nasa, Open Street Map and more, according to iflscience.com.
The morbid yet fascinating game was created to help promote Ubisoft’s upcoming March 8th release of “The Division.” The third-person shooting game take place in a re-imagined New York City that has been brought to the brink of collapse by the spread of a deadly virus.