Victura‘s CEO said that the game, which is about the wars to liberate the Iraqi city, doesn’t have to get involved in politics. Now, the publisher has taken a 180-degree turn, claiming the opposite of it.
We previously discussed in detail that Peter Tamte, the CEO of Victura, said in an interview with Gamesindustry it doesn’t have to go into politics and that a US veteran who fought in the Fallujah wars, replied that it’s bulls__t. However, it seems Tamte’s company seems to be shifting away from what their CEO said, as they published a statement we’ll quote below:
„We understand the events recreated in Six Days in Fallujah are inseparable from politics. Here’s how the game gives voice to a variety of perspectives. The stories in Six Days in Fallujah are told through gameplay and documentary footage featuring service members and civilians with diverse experiences and opinions about the Iraq War. So far, 26 Iraqi civilians and dozens of service members have shared the most difficult moments of their lives with us, so we can share them with you, in their words.
The documentary segments discuss many tough topics, including the events and political decisions that led to the Fallujah battles as well as their aftermath. While we do not allow players to use white phosphorus as a weapon during gameplay, its use is described during the documentary segments. During gameplay, players will participate in stories that are given context through the documentary segments.
Each mission challenges players to solve real military and civilian scenarios from the battle interactively, offering a perspective into urban warfare not possible through any other media. We believe the stories of this generation’s sacrifices deserve to be told by the Marines, Soldiers and civilians who were there. We trust you will find the game—like the events it recreates—to be complex,” Victura wrote.
The problem here is that the company doesn’t want to take a stance… and the veteran previously pointed out that no matter how much it hurts, the game has to paint the American soldiers as the bad guys, as some of them have done a few questionable things during the war. Not everyone was innocent. The return trailer for the game also seemed to only focus on the US soldiers and their heroics. So the publisher might continue to get flak.
Six Days in Fallujah is supposedly launching this year on PC (Steam) and unannounced consoles.