Six Days in Fallujah has been debated for so long, I remember reading opinion pieces on it in actual print gaming magazines. Now, thanks to Victura and Highwire Games, one of the most controversial games of the 2000s is right around the corner.
Set during the Second Battle of Fallujah in 2004, this first-person shooter is fueled by real stories from soldiers and civilians who lived through the conflict. Originally announced by Atomic Games and Konami way back in 2009, Six Days was abandoned by Konami in light of the ongoing debate as to whether or not a game that hit so close to real-world, ongoing events had a place in the world. Here’s the trailer:
Six Days in Fallujah is a first-person tactical military shooter that recreates true stories of Marines, Soldiers, and Iraqi civilians who fought Al Qaeda during the toughest urban battle since 1968.
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.Official Six Days in Fallujah Announcement Trailer, YouTube
Victura, the publishing and production company behind Six Days in Fallujah’s revival, was founded in 2016 by the former CEO of Atomic Games – Peter Tamte. Per their press release, Victura was founded specifically to bring Six Days back to life, as well as other games powered by real-world stories.
Victura says that “over 100 Marines, Soldiers, and Iraqi civilians who were present during the Second Battle for Fallujah have shared their personal stories, photographs, and video recordings with the development team”, which sounds like an unprecedented level of authenticity is going into this game.
This isn’t some exploitative, over-the-top shooter, however – as Victura has also said that “Six Days in Fallujah aims to be the most authentic military shooter to date and to tell these military and civilian stories with the integrity they deserve”. We will certainly see if these statements ring true when the game arrives later this year.
Six Days in Fallujah will launch for PC and consoles in 2021.