Konami Drops Six Days In Fallujah
Sometimes, outside pressure is just too much, and a publisher opts to avoid the limelight tinged with red...
According to DarkZero, Konami has announced they're backing out of publishing Atomic Games' controversial shooter, Six Days in Fallujah. The game is the brainchild of several U.S. Marines who fought in that deadly battle overseas back in 2004. However, since the time it was unveiled (less than a month ago), there has been a very vocal opposition to the title's production; military families led the charge as they felt it would dishonor the real soldiers who lost their lives. The conflict is that real soldiers are the ones who devised this project in the first place, and let's remember that time heals all wounds...perhaps in ten years, nobody will have a problem with it, as nobody currently does with entertainment products based on World War II or Vietnam. But even so, the outcry hit Konami hard, and they've opted to pull out. Said a spokesperson for the publisher:
"After seeing the reaction to the videogame in the United States and hearing opinions sent through phone calls and e-mail, we decided several days ago not to sell it. We had intended to convey the reality of the battles to players so that they could feel what it was like to be there."
This doesn't mean the game won't ever see the light of day, but Atomic now needs to find another publisher. Six Days in Fallujah was scheduled to arrive some time next year, but now, the developer needs to find a publishing partner brave enough to withstand the criticism. For Konami, it wasn't worth the risk, but there are plenty of other publishers out there...
Related Game(s): Six Days in Fallujah
4/27/2009 Ben Dutka