Konami pulls Fallujah game

Publisher reacts to public backlash over controversial Iraq War title

Konami has decided to pull out of publishing Atomic Games' controversial Six Days in Fallujah game, which had originally been slated for release next year.

The decision comes following a significant public backlash, specifically in the US, led by the families of soldiers who died in the conflict.

"After seeing the reaction to the videogame in the United States and hearing opinions sent through phone calls and email, we decided several days ago not to sell it," a PR representative from Konami told Asahi. "We had intended to convey the reality of the battles to players so that they could feel what it was like to be there."

The game tracked events in November 2004, a month that saw heavy resistance from insurgency fighters against the US occupying force, with over 2000 people killed.

It's not known at this point whether or not Atomic Games will seek an alternative publisher for the title, or whether Konami owns the IP.

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Latest comments (3)

Tameem Antoniades Creative Director & Co-founder, Ninja Theory Ltd10 years ago
The sanitised and censored news media should not hold a monopoly presenting the realities of war. The ability of games to educate through simulation is a worthy goal worth pursuing.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Tameem Antoniades on 27th April 2009 11:41am

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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D10 years ago
What Tameem said.

This could have been an awesome title, if a publisher had the balls to make sure it was done right.

They'll look to make a movie about it eventually - will they try to stop that, too?

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Fran Mulhern on 27th April 2009 12:47pm

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Alex Wright-Manning Senior Recruitment Manager, Splash Damage Ltd10 years ago
How very unfortunate that once again a knee jerk media reaction forces a large publisher to drop what may well have been (if handled sensitively) a very worthy title. Lets hope that Atomic own the IP and can find themselves a new publisher.
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