The developer of Highwire Games has announced its upcoming controversial game Six days in Fallujah has been delayed and will now be released in 2022.
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In a statement on the developer’s blog, Victura and Highwire Games said they plan to “nearly double” the size of the development team. With this in mind, the game will be moved to “Q4 2022”.
“It became clear that re-creating these true stories in high quality would require more people, capital and time than we had,” said Peter Tamte, CEO of Victura. “Doubling our team is just one of many things we do to make sure Six days in Fallujah brings a new kind of tactical and emotional depth to military shooters. “
Six days in Fallujah it was designed by the Marines, who were badly wounded during the Battle of Fallujah, and was developed in conjunction with “more than 100 Marines, soldiers, and Iraqi civilians.” The game was originally released as early as 2009, and was almost immediately surrounded by a controversy over the setting and appropriateness of the subject, which apparently led to the game’s halt. It was then rediscovered in February 2021. “
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Earlier this year, however, it was announced that Victura had entered into an agreement with Highwire to work on and finalize the game. This announcement further sparked controversy, and critics called the game “trivializing” the real victims of the struggle, with Iraq’s perspectives appearing blurred, conflict bleaching and propaganda at work.