Fallujah developer downsizes

Atomic Games confirms staff cuts, pledges to continue work on Iraq War shooter with smaller team, assistance from Destineer.

In early April, Konami announced that it would be publishing Atomic Games' Six Days in Fallujah, a shooter recounting the real-life events of the Battle of Fallujah. By month's end, the publisher had pulled out of the project, following outraged reactions from people who viewed the game as exploiting real-life strife and suffering for financial gain.

Six Days in Fallujah developer Atomic Games has not specified how many were laid off.

Atomic soldiered on with the project in search of a new publisher, but today the developer acknowledged a major setback for the game.

"Due to a mixture of fears about the edgy subject matter of Six Days in Fallujah, as well as low video game sales this summer, we have been unable to secure full-scale funding from a major publisher for Six Days in Fallujah," the studio said in a statement. "This has caused us to reduce the size of our studio today."

Development on the game will continue, albeit with a smaller team. Funding for the game will be provided by Atomic Games sister company Destineer.

"We wish to assure the dozens of Marine veterans who have collectively invested hundreds of hours in this project that, while we have been badly wounded, we will fight on," the studio's statement said. "The stories of your brothers' courage and sacrifice in Fallujah must be shared with the world."

Before the layoffs, Atomic had a team of 75 people working to complete the game. The developer gave no indication as to how many are still with the team, but it did encourage other studios to use the contact information on its Web site to get in touch with "the many talented and loyal staff who are affected." (Emphasis added.)

For more on Six Days in Fallujah, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Titoforu
Titoforu

I really don't understand this political garbage.A games a game for crying out loud porno's a taboo your told you cant look at that or your dads gun but you do anyway what the hells wrong with people.

CW99
CW99

@Alnors ............................stop typing @Sataricon you really couldn't be further from the truth with your assumptions. Who says buying the VG will be supporting the troops? I support the troops by giving them respect day in and day out, and appreciating the sacrifice they make for us. Is America perfect... hell no but i don't know a country better than this. You have no basis for what you say or what you claim as fact so your opinion is your right but too bad its worth as much as a 7 dollar bill printed in crayon. so you know where i stand and im done.

alnors
alnors

@CW99 win Sadam was there was ther terror?

sataricon
sataricon

@CW99 Don't even begin to talk about Saddam's crimes because they all happened under the nose of the USA and we were the ones who gave him the chemical weapons to kill his people when we sent donald rumsfeld over there. in regards to something you said about why my opinion and many others matter it's something called freedom of speech i suggest to read about it in this semi destroyed thing called the constitution of the USA. I bet that you are one of those right wing nuts who still thinks that Obama isn't a US citizen and that we won in Vietnam and Iraq. And i don't care about the troops for the reason that i stated but i care about the Veterans if you can get this into your brain but who am i kidding...you are a right wing after all who may still believe that the sun goes around the earth. And do you think that you will support the troops by playing a VG? But then again you haven't answered any of the previous question so why bother answer this?

CW99
CW99

@Alnors Ahh the nukes on Nagasaki and Hiroshima had horrific results to civilian casualties but Japan would not stop. Since your such an war crimes efficianato did you know the Japanese told their own citizens to commit suicide so the Americans would not rape the women and eat the children. True fact. Hundreds of civilians on Okinawa jumped off the cliffs when the Marines advanced inward because of their governments lies and stubborness to admit to defeat Did you know that Sadaam Hussein killed thousand of civilians, His sons tortured the Iraqi soccer team if they lost, and atively raped and killed iraqi women....what about the Kurds?Have you forgot them. @Sataricon The people and Nazi germany supported Hitler blindly not the troops. The troops don't dictate where we go to war, for what and for how long thats your local senators and Congressmen so if your angry, be angry at the right person. Also why do you care if they come home broke you just stated that you don't care about the troops and you paint them as devils? Why do you care about them being homeless? If you don't why bring it up? Who are you to have an opinion on this subject matter? What have you done to earn the right to speak out? Why are you giving out false facts and opinions? Since you got all the Answers I brought some questions. Feel free to prove why your opinion matters.

sataricon
sataricon

@ Simpsons13 You know what are you asking from me? You are asking that i support something wrong that by my previous points you know it's wrong. If you read history you'll see that Also the people in Nazi Germany support their troops no matter what they did and we all know how did that end up for them. It's also the same thing that happened in Vietnam. And it's not being an ass rather than being a real patriot who can point out what's wrong with his country so that his country become worth defending. You want to support the troops? how about bringing them home and giving them the care they deserve instead of supporting a VG that will not be played by most of them cuz they will be too broke and even without a home to shelter them. How about providing them with REAL thereby so that we don't see what happened to the Vietnam veterans. How about we support them here in the US with real support that they really need instead of making a VG? Do you know that nearly half of the veterans are homeless?

khallus
khallus

@sataricon you are confusing getting get pi**ed off at the government and politicians for their BS,and taking it out on the troops instead,man what is wrong with you?These people have more balls than any of us on this blog, shooting imaginary terrorists on CoD4 dont count.And yes im muslim,and yes the game "Six Days in Fallujah" should be released.

Simpsons13
Simpsons13

@sataricon Stop being an ass, and just support the troops...it doesn't matter if the war they're fighting is good or not, just support them.

alnors
alnors

@CW99 will America threw a nuke on the cities of Japan Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse? i can go on?

sataricon
sataricon

Sadly i don't care about the troops because last time i checked they are all 18 and they know what it means to be in the army. I do care about civilians that died because we went there without any reason at all "sorry i forgot about OIL". And i'm sorry aren't we the nation that torture people? and yet some people say that we have the morale high ground in this issue? don't you think if you torture someone it would also be easy to kill them? Over 1 million dead from the start of this bloody war and 4 million refugee and i'm supposed to believe FOX news that we are the good guys?That we are there to help? FFS we killed people who tortured our soldiers in WW2 and yet we use the same torture methods they did. Why do i've to believe a govrenment that: 1-Lied about the war and WMDs. 2-lied about the link between Iraq and Osama ? 3-used torture on civilians. 4-didn't even help the veterans that came home who many of them have no jobs nor homes any more. I give the shovel back to you.

GetafixOz
GetafixOz

Come play BF2 Project Reality. We already play Fallujah every night and we dont have to listen to PC whiners while we kill :)

lilfrahmyd115
lilfrahmyd115

Sataricon leave BBC for a minute and watch something like FOX for some real NEWS. If you want to have a decent opinion on the war go over there and see what it's like and make sure you don't shoot back at the terrorists who are shooting at you, you wouldn't want any war crimes would you??

CW99
CW99

@sataricon What the hell are you talking about? Not one thing you said has an ounce of truth in it...there weren't mass civilian genocide caused by the Marines. It was guerilla warfare that cause civilian casualties, the guerilla resistance would actively seek houses that had civilians so that they could up the chances of civilian casualties and getting the neighborhoods and cities on their side. You want to talk about war crimes, talk about the willingness to put civilians in harms way and then kill them when they don't agree with you. Don't come on here spouting some Anti-Troops reteric that you read in some dip wit liberal college bs guide to voice your opinion of what you don't know about. How about you form an opinion when you go over there in 120 degree weather, 90 lbs of gear on in an unarmored humvee while being shot at by AK's from both sides of the street from ununiformed resistance members and you tell me that the marines in Fallujah are equivalent to Nazis burning jews. Here is a shovel, dig yourself out of theBS your buried in.

sataricon
sataricon

@blkstr89 Dude what i said was clear. WW2 was a WAR FFS...Tell me do you like to play a game where you are a Nazi and burning Jews? The thousands of civilians that died in that city was done by non other than the same marines. If we to use their experience in a game that game should include shooting women and children and dropping thousands of bombs on them. And FFS leave fox news for a minute will ya and watch something like the BBC to get some NEWs. Also if you want to support the troops then go carry a rifle and go to war but don't canonize war crimes.

blkstr89
blkstr89

people are complaining saying this game is bad....this dat blah blah..its like they r the ones who went to iraq for the war. rights groups n people who r not soldiers should shut their traps man. if u r saying they should cancel this game because d war in iraq was a massacre, then please tell wat about world war I an II. those were massacres too. why not complain about those games n cancel them. HMM. u think u r doing good by not releasing this game but those soldiers who fought n survived(not d chickens who ran) want people to knw wat they have been through, u think if they didnt like it they would have wasted their time to make this game with d developers...of course not. now lets stop being babies n support this soldiers. wat we can do is use their experience to make kick-ass games n in turn help them earn money to take care of their families. MAN people these days, who d hell do u think keeps u safe, UR SOLDIERS MAN, sheesh.

sataricon
sataricon

@ Broly103091 What happened in WW2 was war between armies...when you look at what happened in Fallujah it was a massacre for thousands of civilians that they had to dig the football fields because the grave yards are full. I would have never played a game that include the holocaust and Konami did the right thing. Sometimes there are things that are more important than a VG.

DarkEskimo88
DarkEskimo88

idk why ppl are complaining about this game! i have a few friends that were sent to iraq and there huge gamers. they are looking forward to this game. its nothing bad, cause look at all the WW2 games and the other war games to.

OMG789
OMG789

Broly103091, it's funny becuase you're complaining about other people complaining so basically yes people do gotta complaing about everything lol.

Broly103091
Broly103091

people are complaining about this game which is only one battle??? why doesn't anyone say anything about the CoD's that deal with WW2, one of the darkest times in our worlds history. the holocaust, the nuke. where's the controversy there??? god people gotta complain about everything.

frog154
frog154

I was so expecting the marine just to grab the guy in the glasses and get in him in a headlock shouting "Shut up nerd! Wedgy!"

forrest23
forrest23

Personally i dont really see what the whole "political correctness" is about, people lost their lives in every campaign of ww2 and many people lost love ones and relatives yet we've seen both medal of honour and call of duty series' flourish. I know iraq is still very recent but the principle is still the same. This looks like it could be a really good game, and although fictional, modern warfare very much played the middle east card and despite its touchy subject matter, army of two still got itself published.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I guess the reason there is so much uproar about this game is mainly due to the fact that so many 'US Marines' lost their lives in what many people view as a pointless offensive. So would the same views be held if the situation was reversed, whereby the 'US Marines' stormed Falliuja and killed thousands of enemy insurgents with only a couple of fatalities? I think not.

AHMEDONNA
AHMEDONNA

enough IRAQ !!! what about a fair game u can play with ARAB or american or RUSSIAN

K-Grogg
K-Grogg

I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS!!!!!! Urrgggh.... This game looked sooo intensely awesome, even just the engine the guy in the video describes sounds amazing. I really hope that this downsize doesn't hugely affect how good the game will be. :(

EmperorPalpa
EmperorPalpa

wassee -> There are already Iraq War games (I mean THIS war, nt Gulf War), so there's no point in bi...ing about this one!

DrewTheSchu
DrewTheSchu

Vietnam was WAAAAY more controversial and WAAAY more brutal with WAAAY more war crimes committed and yet those games still get made.

wassee
wassee

I hope this game gets cancelled. All those people who are comparing WWII games with this are missing a major point. WWII was no where near as controversial as the Iraq War. It is not just about how many people got killed, but also about how and why they got killed...Most of the world believes, that the Iraq war was never justified in the first place, but the same cannot be said about WWII.... And if they want to make it "realistic", they would have to show deliberate rape and murder of innocent civilians in Iraq. If, for example I told you that I were an Iraqi national and half my family was ruthlessly murdered and raped by American soldiers in Iraq, a lot of people will be thinking different. Ignorant people in the West need to wake up and stop being brainwashed by the biased media...

Bruno-K
Bruno-K

All this controversy bullsh*it will only increase the sales when the game is released. And hopefully, the game will be released.

chomomon
chomomon

i don't understand...people have a problem with an iraq war game being made yet they don't have a problem with WWII games being made. millions of people died in WWII and only a few thousand in the iraq war. ridiculous.

cowmaster2k3
cowmaster2k3

i told my marine buddy who served 2 tours in Iraq about this game and he said it sounded awesome. I then told him about the controversy and how it got dropped... he said it was bullcrap!

NuKkU
NuKkU

i know this is a controversial subject and all that but the people that were in the battle are actually honored to be in the game its a game about them so they would be honored its not like they are mad its just the public LOVES making a big deal about everything

Braddah_B
Braddah_B

You people wondering why there is controversy over the game and are comparing it to other war games need to check yourself and do a little reading into the subject. The battle at Fallujah was not just another war. The entire inavation of Iraq including this battle is already extremely controversial and making a game of this just seems insulting. Just because it was a hard faught battle for the marines doesn't justify turning this event, where countless civillians died, into a video game.

Stryker521
Stryker521

Sucks that all the people who had a big cry about it were morons that are probably 100% non-gamers and have no appreciation for it as a story telling medium what so ever. Sucks even more that Konami caved into their demands. Konami would've been so right for this game. Btw, love your sarcasm Sniper rofl

junglist101
junglist101

Just think, if you were a soldier there in Fallujah fighting, and someone made a game as true to life and your story as possible. I would imagine that the soldiers would be honored as this would be tribute to there accomplishments. The developers had already interviewed several of the soldiers who were there. If they didn't object then no one should. In fact, I'm sure they were happy to share there story as it might have a chance to be immortalized in this game.

Evil-Assassinz
Evil-Assassinz

Zcrimson07, I totally agree with you. If anyone has seen the beginning of saving private ryan they no it is just as bad as any other game because it was so bloody on the beach. But when ever something bad happens with a person involved they blame it on video games instead of maybe tv shows or movies which is BS!

Zcrimson07
Zcrimson07

i dont get the problem, its not like its the first war game and there are plenty of war movies, and what about generation kill on hbo? why do games have to take all the flak?

pogswarts
pogswarts

shkar, I agree completely next thing you know people will be trying to ban every war game.

sikanderahmed
sikanderahmed

this game will be as realistic as call of duty 4 lol

DEVILDOG31
DEVILDOG31

this is based on a real event and the marines that were fightin durin that time asked the game industry to make a game about it so whats the problem

shkar
shkar

how stupid to cancel the game due to some foolish beliefs.... I mean what about D-DAY and the WWII ? there r tons of games based on WWII and nobody complains........People were killed as much as Fallujah...........

icym
icym

Its sad to see hard working people lose their jobs. Maybe people didn't like the subject matter, but that isn't up to the dev tem, but the game designers and producers. Its sad to see them lose their jobs over this. I hope everyone finds a new job soon...

Sniper
Sniper

How terrible of those cynical Fallujah developers for exploiting real-life strife and suffering for financial gain. Murder simulators! Their actions undermine the compassion and charity that non-profit WWII shooters have worked so hard to establish...

pilot_riaz
pilot_riaz

Movie studios make films based on true war stories and no one complains. Why people complain now that a game studio is making a game based on a true war story?

punkpunker
punkpunker

AND people thought it was dead. well at least it got a chance

Pete5506
Pete5506

Cut it down to nothing might not be a bad thing

mrklorox
mrklorox

What's sad is that the marketing for this game fooled almost everybody who hasn't seen it in action. Hands on previews say it is mediocre at best, and that is not worthy of the content. I'm ALL FOR making serious, deep games that cover controversial topics, as long as they meet a certain quality standard. Do I want public access TV or do I want well produced cinema? They're both moving pictures, so what's it matter... right? Wrong.

yoda4ps3
yoda4ps3

We make movies, books, tv shows etc etc but we go to a more immersive platform and it gets too controversial? Not right. Most of the stuff i've seen negative about it is from relatives who've lost people to the war. I understand the hurt they feel but isn't putting down what they died for disgracing their memory? These soldiers that died gave their lives for something, whether you agree with it is besides the point. This isn't a disgrace IMO it's honoring them