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Pandemic: bare essentials

Pandemic: Hot Zone - North America is an upcoming version of the popular 2-4 player cooperative game that offers a smaller, quicker, more streamlined Pandemic experience. Release by Z-Man Games has been planned for this summer.

Image source: Z-Man Games website

This compact Pandemic has a small map that focuses on one region, with a limited number of cities. It has reduced the number of diseases to three, and features only four characters. Hand size is smaller, and fewer cards are now required to discover a cure. Available actions have also been cut down to just the most crucial ones ('build a research station' and 'shuttle flight' have been dropped).

Image source: Z-Man Games website

This will be the first in a series of mini-size Pandemics, with new Hot Zones to follow in the future.

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