The controversial military shooter Six Days in Fallujah releases on Steam Early Access on June 22nd.
The game, which had previously been delayed to 2021-2022, will now launch with four co-op four-player missions specifically focused on “the experience of the US Marine Corps Fire Brigade on the first day of combat.”
The game has been controversial since its initial announcement due to its focus on realistically portraying the Battle of Fallujah, one of the bloodiest battles of the US-led invasion of Iraq.
Below is a rather gory announcement trailer, watch at your own discretion.
Publisher Victura boss Peter Tamte said the game wasn’t about making a political statement, then turned to criticism, saying the game was “inseparable from politics.”
According to a press release, the game will require players to “overcome real-world scenarios.” The game is described as “a highly realistic first-person tactical shooter developed with the help of over 100 Marines and Soldiers who served in the Second Battle of Fallujah, as well as over 20 Iraqi civilians and Soldiers. It promises to be a “game”.
One such soldier even said, “The way we play video games now is not how people fight in the real world.” Marine Eddie Garcia wounded during the Second Battle of Fallujah. “Six Days in Fallujah requires the most authentic tactics and teamwork of any game I’ve ever played.”
After the initial release, players will be able to play cooperatively as Iraqi soldiers fighting in special operations or alongside coalition forces. Players will begin to encounter civilians during combat.
To ensure combat is realistic, Victura utilized procedural generation for its buildings, leaving players unsure of what to expect, and implemented AI that reflects rebel tactics. . Dynamic lighting simulates real-world weather and effects, and gameplay lets players tackle missions like a sandbox.
“Six Days of Fallujah” was conceived 18 years ago, just months after the battle itself. The game was canceled in 2009 by the original publisher, Konami. Victura is now at the reins of developer Highwire Games, founded by members of the original Halo and Destiny leadership.
The game will be fully released on PC and consoles in 2024.