Six Days in Fallujah has been in development for over a decade now. The game is finally launching later this month as an early access title on Valve’s storefront.
The upcoming tactical shooter is based on the Second Battle of Fallujah in 2004 during the Iraq War. The inspiration for the game came from returning soldiers who wanted their experience on the battlefield turned into a video game. The story of Six Days in Fallujah is told through the perspective of American troops and the city’s civilian population.
The tactical shooter will be priced at $39.99 during the early access period. It will feature four-player co-operative missions in procedurally generated urban maps. The mission area will be procedurally generated each time the player starts a mission meaning no two games will be alike. The missions are based on the experiences of US Marine fire teams during the first days of the battle.
Six Days in Fallujah is being developed by Highwire Games and will be published by Victura. According to the publisher, players will be able to play co-operatively as special operations or Iraqi soldiers fighting alongside coalition forces later on in early access.
The studio plans to release campaign missions that will recreate real stories from the Battle of Fallujah. The finished game is expected to release on both consoles and PC in 2024.
Konami was supposed to publish Six Days in Fallujah a decade ago. In 2009, the publisher backed out of the agreement due to the controversial nature of the title. The tactical shooter received backlash from military veterans and anti-war groups.
The game was shelved for a number of years before development was restarted in 2017 when Victura announced that Highwire Games was taking over the project. The studio was co-founded by Bungie veterans Jaimie Griesemer and Marty O’Donnell while Victura was founded by the CEO of Atomic Games, who was the original developer of Six Days in Fallujah.
The publisher again drew flak in 2021 when CEO Peter Tamte said that the game was "not trying to make a political commentary about whether or not the war itself was a good or a bad idea." Tamte later backtracked on his statement and said that the real-world events on which the game is based on are "inseparable from politics." He went on to explain that the game will be told through multiple perspectives.
Six Days in Fallujah will be available as an early access title on Steam on June 22, 2023. The final version of the game will be coming to the PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.