Six Days In Fallujah Is Back In Development, Eyes 2021 PC And Console Launch
After being cancelled in 2009, tactical military shooter Six Days in Fallujah is now back in development with a new developer and a new publisher behind it. The game was cancelled in 2009 when Konami, the game’s original publisher, withdrew from the project following controversy over the game’s portrayal of real-world events.
Highwire Games, a Seattle-based studio made up of Halo and Destiny developers, will be taking over development from the now-defunct Atomic Games. Publishing responsibilities will be handled by Victura a publishing company founded by former Atomic Games CEO Peter Tamte.
According to VG24/7, Highwire and Victura have been working with marines and soldiers who fought in the infamous Second Battle of Fallujah for three years to develop game mechanics and unique technology that will allow players to experience the tactics and uncertainty of modern combat. The team will also be sharing first-hand accounts and recordings from combatants and civilians present during the battle through gameplay and documentary-style interview footage.
“Lead a fireteam through accurately recreated encounters from the real battle, built with technology that brings you closer to the uncertainty and tactics of real combat than any other game has explored until now. Each mission is narrated by a real person, while you experience these same moments as if you were them.”
“It’s hard to understand what combat is actually like through fake people doing fake things in fake places,” says Peter Tamte. “This generation showed sacrifice and courage in Iraq as remarkable as any in history. And now they’re offering the rest of us a new way to understand one of the most important events of our century. It’s time to challenge outdated stereotypes about what video games can be.”
Former Marine Sergeant Eddie Garcia, who was wounded in Fallujah, proposed the idea for the game in 2005. “Sometimes the only way to understand what’s true is to experience the reality for yourself,” he said. “War is filled with uncertainty and tough choices that can’t be understood by watching someone on a TV or movie screen make these choices for you. Video games can help all of us understand real-world events in ways other media can’t.”
Six Days in Fallujah is slated to launch on PC and consoles sometime this year. Stay tuned for more details coming in the next couple of weeks. Check out the official announcement trailer below. You can also add the game to your wishlist on Steam.