Based on the real-life experiences of soldiers in the battle-torn town of Fallujah in Iraq, Konami's Six Days in Fallujah has already garnered plenty of controversy. And now, due to the potential promise of extensive brutality, Europe is waiting on an official launch announcement.
According to Joystiq, unnamed Konami representatives at Konami's Gamer's Day in Frankfurt said "they were waiting to see how Atomic Games plans to portray the brutal battle for Fallujah before deciding if the game would see a European release." They didn't let any details slip about the violence in what may be a "documentary-style" shooter, but evidently, they don't have much info right now. Ever since we got the announcement, both Atomic and Konami has come under fire by a variety of peace groups and war veterans. Obviously, the reason for their offense is obvious, although we should probably point out the inherent weaknesses of humanity: it seems time is the only requirement for addressing sensitive issues in history; for as time marches forth, the sensitivity lessens in an equally linear fashion. The problem is that Six Days in Fallujah 's premise still feels very fresh to those closely related to the war (which is still going on, in reality), and a fresh, exposed wound is – of course – more sensitive. It needs time to scab over; to get to the point where it's no longer exposed to the harsh, scathing air of controversy.
There's a reason why games based on World War II and Vietnam barely register in the eyes of any peace groups. But if something like World at War had released in 1946, one can imagine we'd see a similar fallout as we're seeing with Six Days in Fallujah . Stay tuned to see if Europe will indeed see the game on store shelves.
Related Game(s): Six Days in Fallujah