In a somewhat unusual move for a top-tier video game publisher, Konami has announced a game based on the war in Iraq – while U.S. troops are still deployed there.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Six Days in Fallujah will be published in 2010. North Carolina-based Atomic Games is handling the development chores. The company is experienced with military game designs.
Of Six Days in Fallujah, Atomic Games President Peter Tamte told the L.A. Times:
For us, the challenge was how do you present the horrors of war in a game that is also entertaining, but also gives people insight into a historical situation in a way that only a video game can provide? Our goal is to give people that insight, of what it’s like to be a Marine during that event, what it’s like to be a civilian in the city and what it’s like to be an insurgent…
GP: Not many details seem to be available at this point. A Wikipedia entry which relies heavily on the May issue of GamePro indicates that the game will be available for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. A multiplayer component appears to be included. It’s unclear at this time whether online games will require players to fight as insurgents against U.S. forces.