Asmodee and Z-Man Games Reveal Pandemic: Hot Zone – Europe Now Available as a Free PDF Download and Arriving in Stores on July 9

The second title in the Pandemic: Hot Zone series, introduces “Hemisphere” rules for combined play with Pandemic: Hot Zone – North America

ROSEVILLE, MN — May 13, 2021 — Asmodee and Z-Man Games today officially announced Pandemic: Hot Zone – Europe, the next installment of the Pandemic: Hot Zone series, will hit store shelves on July 9 for a suggested retail price of $19.99 USD. Z-Man also revealed Pandemic: Hot Zone – Europe is now available on Z-Man’s website as a free PDF download, available to anyone who wants to play.

Pandemic: Hot Zone is a spinoff series designed to be a shorter, more portable, version of the best-selling Pandemic board game. In Pandemic: Hot Zone – Europe, players team-up against diseases threatening the continent, traveling from city-to-city treating local populations, preventing outbreaks, and sharing research across their team. Each character possesses a unique ability that must be strategically deployed to save the world. For an extra challenge, players can add Mutation cards, or mix and match components with other Pandemic: Hot Zone games to create a fresh experience each time they play.

Pandemic: Hot Zone – Europe also introduces “Hemisphere” rules that combine Hot Zone – Europe and Pandemic: Hot Zone – North America for a more challenging experience. Those who are up for the challenge can download the Hemisphere rules, along with instructions on how to combine their physical board games, for free on Z-Man’s website here

Pandemic: Hot Zone – Europe Key Features:

  • Shorter, more portable version of the best-selling cooperative game Pandemic.
  • Second title in the Pandemic: Hot Zone series with unique Europe board.
  • Players work together to discover cures to 3 diseases, winning or losing as a team.
  • Mutation cards can be added to increase difficulty.
  • Components can be mixed and matched with other Pandemic: Hot Zone games.
  • Supports 2-4 players with games lasting approximately 30 minutes.

With everything going on in the world, and an eye towards understanding the sensitivities of launching a Pandemic board game in 2021, Matt Leacock and Steve Kimball, series creator and Z-Man’s Head of Studio respectively, share their thoughts on developing and releasing Pandemic: Hot Zone – Europe in a blog here: 

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About Z-Man Games 

Z-Man Games creates innovative board and card games that become modern essentials. Since 1999, the studio has published over 100 critically acclaimed titles from casual to complex, cooperative to competitive, small bag to big box—and everything in between. With an eclectic catalog featuring bestsellers like Pandemic, Love Letter, Citadels, and Carcassonne, Z-Man offers the best of both classic and cutting-edge games to suit any gamer’s play style.

Z-Man Games is a part of the Asmodee Group. For more information, visit or find the studio on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@ZManGames_).

About Asmodee USA

Asmodee USA Distribution is a sales, marketing, and distribution arm of the global Asmodee Group, a leading international company dedicated to bringing great games and amazing stories to all corners of the world. Asmodee USA Distribution represents the strongest portfolio of board games in the industry, including such favorite titles as Catan, Ticket to Ride, Spot It!, Pandemic, Just One, Dixit, X-Wing™, Dead of Winter, and many more.

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