It's been awhile since we've heard any news but Six Days in Fallujah, the controversial shooter based on the 2004 battle in the Iraq War, is reportedly finished and ready for release.
Konami had originally signed up to publish Six Days but bailed out quickly when the controversy surrounding the game got too hot. Despite the fact that developer Atomic Games promised the game wouldn't glorify the war or denigrate the soldiers who fought it - some of whom actually took part in the development process - the reaction against it was swift and strongly negative. Atomic continued to work on the game after Konami's departure but ran into more trouble in August of last year when most of its employees were laid off and closure seemed imminent.
Atomic remained defiant, however, saying that the stories of the "courage and sacrifice" of those who fought in Fallujah "must be shared with the world," and now it appears that there may have been more to that statement than sheer bravado. According to IGN, Six Days in Fallujah is actually finished and just needs a publishing deal to get it out the door.
"I can promise you that game is still coming out and it is finished," a close source said.
There's no indication that Atomic has any specific prospects for a publishing deal but, if the report is accurate, it does offer proof that Atomic and Six Days are still alive and kicking. I feel a bit of trepidation about the possible condition of the final release, given the rough ride the studio has had over the past half-year, but if this turns out to be true then I'll also be very happy to hear that the game still has a fighting chance.
Six Days in Fallujah is expected to be released for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.