Six Days in Fallujah – a military tactical shooter dedicated to the bloodiest battle of the War in Iraq (2003-2011), coming to Steam Early Access on June 22, 2023.
The game, which is being developed by the studio Highwire Games, is supposed to show the events of the Second Battle of Fallujah, which took place from November 7 to December 23, 2004, through the eyes of Marines of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment of the US Marine Corps.
The developers wanted to show what real marines had to go through during the battle (the game is being developed with the help of real participants of the events), but almost immediately after the announcement, the game came under severe criticism from society and the Iraq War veterans themselves. The game has been criticized for whitewashing bad political decisions, for turning real-life horrific events into a game, and for ignoring the high number of civilian casualties.
The Second Battle of Fallujah has been called the “Mogadishu” of the Iraq War, comparing the event to the Battle of Mogadishu (October 3-4, 1993), which was featured in the film Black Hawk Down. 10,500 US Marines, 2,000 Iraqi coalition forces, and 850 British soldiers participated in the conflict. Their opponents were 4,000 fighters from al-Qaeda and other Islamic militant groups. As a result of the confrontation, the US lost 95 soldiers killed and 560 wounded, in addition, 8 Iraqis and 4 British were killed. Losses of al-Qaeda and their allies are estimated at 1,200 to 2,000 killed, 1,500 captured. In addition, between 350 and 800 civilians were killed during the battle.
Despite public opposition, the development of Six Days in Fallujah continued and the game is now available in Steam Early Access. But judging by the trailer, during this time the game has managed to become quite old and does not look realistic, especially in terms of graphics and animation.