Designer Matt Leacock and Z-Man Games team up for another disease-fighting cooperative game with Pandemic: The Cure.  The new dice game is expected to release in late 2014.

Like the original Pandemic, the players in Pandemic: The Cure must work together in a race against time to save the world from four diseases.  In this version, players use dice to determine which actions are available to them each turn: travel to a disease "hotspot," treat the disease in a region, collect samples for later study, or share knowledge with the other players in the hope of finding a cure.

Each player has a different "role," represented by a unique set of dice.  The game features a "push your luck" element as well: on your turn you can roll the dice as often as you wish, but the more rolls you make the more likely a new outbreak will occur.

Pandemic: The Cure is designed for two to five players, and plays in about half an hour.  Leacock is scheduled to run a tournament using the prototype version (in the picture above) at the up-coming BGG.CON 2013, held in Dallas, Texas later this month.  No MSRP has been announced.