Back in 2009, a game from Konami called Six Days in Fallujah was canceled after it received criticism about its depictions of the Iraq War. Now, the title is being revived and is due to release this year.
Highwire Games is developing the game, a studio led by several former Bungie developers. Publisher Victura, founded by the CEO of the game’s original developer, Atomic Games, will be handling its release.
Six Days in Fallujah‘s campaign tells the story about the Second Battle for Fallujah in Iraq back in 2004. The game’s name is derived from the U.S. Marines’ attempt to recapture Fallujah from Al Qaeda across six days of conflict.
According to Victura, over 100 Marines, soldiers, and Iraqi civilians have been interviewed for this game to make sure the game portrays the events of the war as accurately as possible. The announcement trailer has personal anecdotes from those who experienced the events in real life.
In a press statement, Victura CEO Peter Tamte said, “It’s hard to understand what combat is actually like through fake people doing fake things in fake places. 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 It’s time to challenge outdated stereotypes about what video games can be.”
Six Days in Fallujah will launch on PC and consoles this year, with more details to come soon.