Victura and Highwire Games today announce Six Days in Fallujah, a military tactical first-person shooter based on true stories from the Second Battle of Fallujah in 2004, which hits the PC and consoles in 2021. Originally announced by Atomic Games in 2009, Six Days in Fallujah returns with a new publisher, new developer, and a brand new game from many of the top leadership teams that created the original Halo and Destiny games.
“Sometimes the only way to understand what’s true is to experience a reality for yourself,” says former Navy sergeant Eddie Garcia, who was wounded during the Battle of Fallujah and proposed the original idea for Six Days in Fallujah, in 2005. “The war is full of uncertainty and difficult choices that cannot be understood when watching someone on TV or in the cinema make those choices for you. Video games can help all of us to understand real-world events in a way that other media cannot. ”
The Second Battle of Fallujah began in 2004 after Al Qaeda took control of one of Iraq’s main cities. The battle proved to be the most difficult military conflict for Western forces since 1968.
Atomic Games announced Six Days in Fallujah in 2009 but saw the title abandoned by its original publisher after the controversy over video games’ ability to cover challenging real-world events. Victura is a publisher and producer founded in 2016 by former Atomic Games CEO Peter Tamte, to bring a new Six Days in Fallujah to players, along with other games based on true stories.
Working in partnership with marines and frontline soldiers who fought in the Battle of Fallujah, Victura and Highwire spent more than three years building unique game technologies and mechanics that bring players closer to uncertainty and modern combat tactics than other video games have already explored.
More than 100 Iraqi marines, soldiers, and civilians who were present during the Second Battle of Fallujah shared their personal stories, photographs, and video recordings with the development team. The game gives voice to these stories through gameplay and first-person accounts captured in images from original documentary interviews. Six Days in Fallujah aims to be the most authentic military shooting game ever released and to tell these military and civilian stories with the integrity they deserve.
“It is difficult to understand what combat is really like through fake people doing fake things in fake places,” said Peter Tamte, CEO of Victura. “This generation has shown sacrifice and courage in Iraq as remarkable as any in history. And now they are 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 be released for PC and consoles in 2021. Victura will announce more details about the game in the coming weeks.