COVID: The Outbreak Is A Game That’s Real (Real Tasteless)

A Polish developer is really about to release a video game about the current coronavirus pandemic called COVID: The Outbreak.

Jujubee S.A. has announced the title will bring educational gameplay to users worldwide, while the crisis is still going on. COVID: The Outbreak, available from Steam as of May 29, is a real-time strategy game in which players will be thrust into the role of a global organization tasked with tending to said pandemic and developing a vaccine.

Players will “Issue decrees, manage resources, develop projects, and construct buildings,” the game’s description on Steam reads. “A race for the vaccine begins!”

Jujubee says 20 percent of all net Steam sales through May and June will be donated to the Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, as well as other charitable foundations engaged in fighting the deadly respiratory disease.

“Here at Jujubee we are passionate about educating our audience while they are having a good time playing our games,” Pawel Nitta, Head of Marketing & PR for the company, says. “Currently, there is a plethora of misinformation circulating the topic of the coronavirus, so we hope our strategy game will serve as a source of entertainment and education for our players.”

Well-intentioned or not, it’s really hard to understand how any developer could create a video game about the most deadly pandemic in recent memory WHILE IT’S STILL GOING ON. We still have no idea when or if we will even be free from the stranglehold placed on the planet by COVID-19 – no one thought it was too soon? Such poor taste.

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