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Controversial shooter Six Days in Fallujah gets a surprise 2021 revival

Six Days in Fallujah, a controversial military shooter that was canceled in 2009, is getting a surprise revival.  The game is set to launch on consoles and PC sometime this year.

The original Six Days in Fallujah game was a third-person shooter set during the Iraq War. The game specifically followed a group of U.S. Marines during the Second Battle of Fallujah in 2004. Publisher Konami eventually canceled the game after many found its subject matter distasteful so close to the actual historical event.

Official Six Days in Fallujah Announcement Trailer

The revival will follow the same premise, aiming to depict a more realistic military experience.  The new version ditches the original’s third-person perspective for a first-person one. The game has a 2021 release window on PC and consoles, but exact details and platforms have yet to be revealed.

The game is being published by Victura, a company founded by Atomic Games CEO Peter Tamte. Development is being handled by Highwire Games, a studio described as a “small team of veteran game developers.” The team includes ex-Halo and Destiny developers serving in leadership roles. The list of names involved includes Jaime Griesemer, lead designer on the original Halo and Destiny games.

The project has been in the works for three years now. Victura and Highwire Games worked in partnership with Marines and soldiers who were part of the Second Battle of Fallujah to try to create an authentic experience.

The controversy surrounding the game is already picking up right where the original version left off. Some believe the war game is still in poor taste, while others posit that the project will be used as a military recruitment tool.

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