The tactical shooter 6 Days in Fallujah, usually a lightning arrester of controversy, is entering Early Access. The developer, Highwire Games, announced the release date of June 22 on Steam for their biographical video game, which will be released in full for PC and consoles in the year 2024.
Highwire’s most recent blog post describes the 2004 Second Battle of Fallujah that the upcoming shooter is based on as “among the world’s bloodiest fights in half a century.” Highwire remembers that development on the video game began well after the end of the Second Battle.
Developed by Atomic Games, 6 Days was first shown off to the public in 2009. After Atomic’s bankruptcy in 2011, Konami pulled out of publishing that same year, and the job was put on hold. Highwire was brought on to continue development of the game once publisher Victura (led by ex-Atomic president Peter Tamte) picked it up some time later.
Since it was initially revealed, the video game has been the target of widespread condemnation for its perceived indecency. Anti-war activists and Fox News were outraged by the first version. The rebirth has been criticised by both Arab and Iraqi game developers and military veterans for glamorising the conflict and ignoring its long-term effects on civilian populations.
In a similar vein as Atomic, Highwire has expressed concern that 6 Days would be “more practical” than previous military shooters like Battlefield and Call of Duty. This terminology and a set of “extremely reasonable” gameplay features designed to simulate actual combat are both posted on Highwire’s blog.
Highwire writes on its company blog that it consulted “more than 100 Marines and Soldiers, together with more than 2 lots Iraqi civilians and soldiers.” This disparity in perspective stands out, especially in light of the studio’s declaration that Marines will serve as the first emphasis of the Early Access demo.
The goals of the Iraqi people and the other Union forces are being saved for a “later date.”Add to favorites