If you remember, in 2009, an FPS based on true stories from 2004 was in the works dubbed Six Days in Fallujah but, unfortunately, the original publisher cancelled the project. 12 years later and it is back in the works from former Halo and Destiny lead designer, releasing later this year.
The project is not only based on real events, that of the Battle for Fallujah where Al Qaeda took over a major city in Iraq, but the developers have worked alongside actual marines and soldiers who themselves fought in this battle. In fact, over 100 marines, soldiers, and even citizens told their stories, shared photos, and talked to the development team so that it could be as accurate and respectful as possible.
Victura and Highwire games are aiming to make an incredibly accurate depiction of war and to keep the story in-tact as it was. As for how it plays, it’s a tactical FPS. Highwire was created by Jaime Griesemer, the lead designer of Halo and Destiny, along with a former design director from Bungie, so that should give an indication of how the direction of the game will flow.
Sergeant Eddie Garcia, who fought and was wounded in the Battle for Fallujah, is the one who pitched the idea for the game back in 2005, and he stated, “Sometimes the only way to understand what’s true is to experience reality for yourself. 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.”
Peter Tamte, Victura’s CEO, added, “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 It’s time to challenge outdated stereotypes about what video games can be.”
This rings similar to the older war-based FPS’ which sought to show the true horrors of wars such as the Second World War and the Vietnam War, only with a modern coat of paint and an emphasis on historical accuracy. Hopefully, Six Days in Fallujah keeps to its promises.
Six Days in Fallujah is set to launch on both PC and consoles at some point in 2021.
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