Plague Inc. Contagion Cancelled Achievement Guide & Walkthrough

The "Contagion Cancelled" achievement can only be unlocked while playing in the Nipah Virus scenario. The achievement's name, and probably the Nipah Virus itself, was maybe inspired by 2011 movie, "Contagion". In order to unlock this achievement, you'll need to trigger a certain pop-up event that notifies you of a movie being made about your plague. Upon seeing that (funny) pop-up, you'll then evolve a symptom to make the actors forget their lines, thus cancelling the production of the movie.

Credits to ErmacAuditore for helping me experiment on ways to unlock this achievement.

IMPORTANT: The first pop-up, that triggers this achievement, appears randomly. I wasn't able to force it to appear even after several games. Updates on strategy will be made once we find a way to force it to appear.

I chose to post this guide to provide people an idea of how to unlock this achievement(pop-up event pictures, etc.). The strategy does not work all the time.

There are two pop-ups you'll need to watch out for in order to unlock "Contagion Cancelled". The first one signifies that you've triggered the event and the second one marks that successful unlocking of the event. You don't need to finish the game in order to get the achievement.

There are few things I think you should know about before continuing on with the guide:

  1. You'll have to devolve mutated symptoms right away. It might be a good idea to save some DNA before evolving something just so you have enough to devolve a mutated symptom as well.
  2. The pop-ups could either appear immediately or after a long period of time. There are times when your cure progression would reach 95% while waiting. This could even happen twice while waiting for the 2 pop-ups to appear.
  3. Use all three Genetic Re-Shuffles if the cure progression reaches 95%
  4. Attempt to unlock this achievement in Normal difficulty. Brutal and Mega-Brutal would just make it so much harder to get this achievement. Casual is also an option but I haven't tried that yet
  5. If at first you don't succeed, try again.
And now, the guide. First off, the gene setup:
  • ATP Boost
  • Aquacyte
  • Trans-Stasis
  • Creationist
  • Extremophile

1.) Immediately after beginning, evolve the following:
  • Bat 2
  • Swine 1 and 2

2.) At this point, mutations will start to appear. Devolve any symptoms that appear except the ones listed here(You are not to evolve these symptoms right now):
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Photophobia
  • Drowsiness
  • Dysphagia

3.) Continue by evolving the following abilities in this order:
  • Drug Resistance 1 and 2
  • Cold Resistance 1
  • Heat Resistance 1

4.) Evolve the symptoms in step 2 now if they are yet to mutate.

5.) Keep devolving any unwanted symptom mutations and wait until there are approximately 6.1 billion people infected, then evolve the following:
  • Headache
  • Nuchal Rigidity
  • Fever
TIP: From this point on, if the cure progression reaches 95%, immediately evolve all three Genetic Re-Shuffles. 


6.) Wait until a pop-up appears:
[plague name] film announced
What an amazing lineup of stars! After seeing this pop-up, evolve the following Memory Loss symptom right away. The closest(and cheapest) path to this symptom is Drowsiness - Confusion - Memory Loss

7.) Relax and wait for the final pop-up to appear:
[plague name] film fails!
Tsk tsk tsk. Bad actors. This pop-up marks the end of this guide and the unlocking of the Contagion Cancelled achievement. I hope this guide has helped you in some way.

There are times in certain games that waiting for the pop-ups to appear would take so long that the cure progression reaches 95% twice. On the second time, there's nothing left to slow down the cure, so you're best bet would be to hope that the final pop-up appears. I had one game where the final pop-up appeared exactly at 99% cure completion.

Strategy 2:
Follow the strategy for Who needs Science.

If the film pop-up appears, evolve Drowsiness, Confusion, and Memory Loss. The final pop-up that signifies the unlocking of the achievement should appear after some time.


  1. Oooh, you updated this guide. Looks good and structured.

  2. When do you stop devolving symptoms? Eventually memory loss would evolve even if the pop up hadn't happened yet?

    1. And could you use the stasis where the cost to devolve doesn't increase

    2. Got it but did it differently I evolved all swine and all but last bat all drug resist and all cold/hot then top 3 symptoms and let it go movie pop up then mem loss

    3. I haven't been able to find a working strategy for this achievement yet. The pop-up seems to appear at very random times. In what seems like a thousand games of Nipah Virus ,using different strategies, this pop-up appeared like 40~50% of the time.

    4. Is there a guide yet to get 3 bio hazards I keep coming in at just over a year and only 2 bios

  3. Work the strategy?

  4. A this shit dosn't work -.-

  5. I think I got the clue for this Achievement. I tried this 4 times on normal and I became each time the pop up about the film! Two times I didnt manage to be quick enough, so that the cure was faster than the second pop up, but I got the second pop up twice.

    Metabolic Jump
    Base Oxidisation

    Evolve bat and swine, than as soon as posible (I reed about the Film Contagion, so this are the Syptomps you need:):


    Blurred Vision

    Nuchal Rigidity


    You can evolve Drugs 1+2, Cold 1+2 and Heat 1 between or after the Symptoms. I recieved the pop up both way. You need basicly coughing, blurred vision and hallucination to get the pop up. First I tried without hallicination and I get nothing, than with hallucination it worked.


    I took this about the pop up that all humans are infected. Both, bevore and after this, it was equal. After you get the pop up quickly evolve Memory Loss. Than you can evole all lethal Symptoms and wait. Take care of the Cure and evolve all 3 re-shuffles if the cure get to high. If the cure is faster than the second pop up you will faill. Than try again. I got each time the first pop up, but for the second I wasnt quick enough. I think it works also on easy. It was the harder achievement for me. Hope it works for other too and good luck.

  6. Tested this out and instead of the Film pop-up, I got Lude Jaw. If this works for anyone else, please up vote the comment to be included as a strategy.

  7. Jude Law comes to me every time. Dont worry about this. After Jude Law I got the film pop up 4 times, after I evolve Hallucination. I tested on iphone in normal 4x and it worked for me every time. Its also logical, because the first Symptoms in Contagion are Coughing and Blurred Vison. Than I think its about be crazy to film something like this ;) No Vomit or Nausea, just the Symptoms I listed.

  8. Test it again now. First I failed, because I forgot to look at the transmission and genetic hardening, so I was slower than the Cure. Than I succed again. It depends on the evolution of the Transmission and the Cure. You have to evolve transmission if doesnt mutate. I also evolve genetic hardening, because the Cure was over 54% and not all the People was infected. I become the pop up each time the same, when there are about 6,2 billion infected People and the Cure about 95% with genetical hardening. Than I got enough time and DNS for 3 re-shuffles. And I got each time at the beginning, after I was detected, the pop up that the Olimpic was cancelled. The second pop up didnt come yet, because the cure was faster than me. And I didnt got Jude Law this time. But The Film pop up comes.

  9. Any confirmation that this guide works on casual? Also I would like to note that I got the pop-up rumours of mysterious illness in india with this guide.

  10. I think the key to this one is recreating the 1999 Nipah outbreak in Malaysia, which inspired the film. I'm playing around with it on casual right now.

  11. Ariel Iván AguayoJuly 17, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    I also didn't get the film being made with only the bat, swine and coughing. After the genetic shuffles, I did also get Lude Jaw, so I commented on that achievement since it proves we need drug 2 for her and not much else!

  12. Not working. I tried so many tamies with no luck. On IOS.

  13. Worked on IOS, but I evolved all bat and all swine, and also coughing and sneezing. The first pop up appeared at about 50-60% cure. I used Gen.Re-Shuffles to get the second at about 80-85% cure. Was a pain in the ass to get this achievement.

  14. I also got it with this strategy! Thank you sir.

  15. Just tried this guide... I finally got the first pop up.... but memory loss kept evolving... so I devolved it 3 times.... I killed everyone before the second pop up!

  16. While attempting to get "ho Needs Science?" on Easy, the pop-ups for this one occurred. Although the other achievement did not happen, I can at least confirm it's possible to get this and quite likely the other one on Easy.