Fallujah developer initiates Breach

Atomic Games reveals next project as multiplayer first-person shooter focused on CIA Special Activities Division for consoles, PC.

While its last game has yet to see the light of day, Atomic Games is pressing on to its next project. The developer today announced that it has begun work on Breach.

Befitting the developer's name, publishers treated Six Days in Fallujah as if it were radioactive.

Atomic was stingy with details, but it did say Breach will be a multiplayer first-person shooter focusing on CIA Special Activities Division officers. The game is being created for consoles and PCs, but no publisher has been attached to the project yet.

The issue of a publishing partner is a key concern, given the fate of Atomic's last title, the controversial Six Days in Fallujah. In April of 2009, Konami announced the game based on the actual 2004 battle, promising a respectful and historically accurate treatment of the Iraq War. However, the publisher dropped the project less than a month later, yielding to outcry from a variety of parties, including families of those who lost loved ones in the war.

Atomic has a history with military simulations, having previously produced training tools for the Marines. On the interactive entertainment front, the studio has a lengthy history with wargames including the Close Combat and V for Victory series of PC titles.

For more on the developer's still unreleased previous effort, check out GameSpot's preview of Six Days in Fallujah.

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Breakerchase
Breakerchase

I wish Atomic would go back to making their real-time Close Combat wargames. I mean they were making this cool modern Close Combat game set in 1990 featuring a North Korean invasion.

dhaag740
dhaag740

Man, this shooter looks awesome!!!! Can't wait to download this! Another game to add to my list!

wassee
wassee

I am glad that Six days in Fallujah got cancelled.... During a war, probably more than 90 % of the soldiers have good intentions. They all want to fight for freedom, peace and justice, however they just end up being the puppets of their Governments. The motives of the leaders driving the war (political domination...imperialism...economic power) are mostly sugar coated with lies. Most wars are based on lies, triggered by lies and driven by lies...Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, WWI, WWII...similar stories everywhere. As a gamer I do not want to play as an ignorant puppet. There were a lot of ignorent puppets that died in Iraq (by their own choice)...but even more innocent civilians that dies without a choice.

lamprey263
lamprey263

That reminds me I still got my Close Combat games in a box somewhere, need to bust those out, they were some of my favorite games.

mschwind
mschwind

I hope these projects work out for Atomic. I loved playing the original Close Combat. It was really innovative for its time.

pop_can
pop_can

@hystavito: Not to mention games about Vietnam.

hystavito
hystavito

Interesting how it seems like a video game gets more scrutiny than movies. There have already been numerous movies and TV shows about Iraq. It's also interesting how the emphasis is placed on the time for the real people involved. We have already played countless WWII games, many of them not even in a serious style, yet it was a conflict that killed millions of people from all over the world. When you look at it that way, it really seems to be less about caring for the actual human loss, but rather simply a factor of there not being enough people still around who care enough to make noise. In my opinion, if that's all it is, might as well just go ahead and release a game since it's not really about the human tragedy factor anyway. On a side note, imagine if the games used the names of real people and told real stories. My family might not agree, but personally I'd love to leave my small mark on history by being portrayed in a video game if I had been killed in a war. I think that's better than just fading into obscurity as we all know happens to almost all of us. Something to think about :).

meesa3
meesa3

@zidan if you think every soldier signed up just to kill some muslims.....well you go ahead and think that. just because the bad apples get all the press coverage, doesn't mean they're all bad. journalism is biased. period. always. you have to view both sides

punisher41542o
punisher41542o

as an iraq war vet, who was infantry and served 2 tours in the box i say six days would have been fine to release and atomic lacked the testicular fortitude to release it. All war games are intense when u think about it. I mean wuts the dif between this and cod and the new medal of honor?

gamepro345
gamepro345

As much potential as Six days had, I agree with IanEnglebach that it is still too early to release a game about the Iraq war, and considering the mass amounts of controversey, it doesn't surprise me the least. In my opinion, I think that game developers should focus on making a game on another war that has yet to see much light in the game world, and was surrounded with controversey, Vietnam. Vietnam would have many great environments, and the era and the war itself were quite interesting. Vietnam utilized helicopters more so than any other war as well as various forms of new weaponry, therefore a game based on it would likely thrive. Yes, there have been a few to date, but no one has really done the war any justice, and I would like to see either EA, activision, or another developer pursue this

Arksa
Arksa

Did we just run out of Imaginative titles? Breach Year 1988 Platform DOS,Mac Copyright Omnitrend Publisher Omnitrend Developer Omnitrend Designer Thomas Carbone & William Leslie III Genre Strategy Themes Science Fiction One of the best games of it's day and the predecessor of X-com squad style tactics. Sheesh it's all flash bang graphics and lil substance nowadays.

zidan4000
zidan4000

@IanEnglebach yeah sorry about that i got a little dragged over there, but for the game i think that the wound is still open and the war is still going i think it is too early to release a game on Iraq war,maybe when the war is over they can release it without an outcry.

IanEnglebach
IanEnglebach

Six Days in Fallujah should have never been dropped. Although I like the sound of this CIA game. The stuff they where doing for Six Days in Fallujah would have brought video games to a whole new level. Also in reply to zidan4000: This is a Article about a game; not a place to spread your radical liberal propaganda.

IanEnglebach
IanEnglebach

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zidan4000
zidan4000

@meesa3 the middle eastern media shows everything , it censors nothing and no i werent there but the arab journalists were there and they gathered the facts and gave it to us, yes the soldiers are blood thirsty villains , why invading a country? it was proven before that Iraq had no mass destruction weapons and they hung saddam , what else they want from Iraq? it is hatred for arabs that is why they are still there and they are still committing their crimes against humanity and they wont stop until every muslim in the world is dead, it is not war against terrorism it is war against islam and muslims.

meesa3
meesa3

@zidan were you there? cuz if you weren't, you're just as bad as the people that say NOTHING bad happens, because you're on the other side of the spectrum saying everything that happened there was bad and all these soldiers are bloodthirsty villains

zidan4000
zidan4000

they dont want to release this game because the american media doesnt really show the bad things that happen in Iraq and most americans aren't aware of what is really happening in there , it only shows veterans dying but it never shows innocent kids and women getting brutally killed. and they want to make it as real as possible which will involve you shooting and bombing some innocent children and imprisoning old women and men and shouting at them YOU ARE A TERRORIST! just for fun.

richioso
richioso

@Glade_Gnarr I complained, but only because I thought the movie didn't deserve to win the oscar.

jaredcrazy3232
jaredcrazy3232

the CIA's SAD are like the most elite you can get, they recruit from tier-1 Special forces, there is no one more hard core. this should be cool

ekultus
ekultus

EA can die but some1 else should piick it up for sure. I want to guard a checkpoint and shoot stupid raqi's trying to drive through. cmon lets make a real war game for once. Drive your tank over civilian cars, plant wires on the street, then camp with a sniper and shoot kids trying to pick them up, kill some civilians and then plant drop weapons on them and then take a photo for the JAG guys. cmon real war is so much fun, lets do it!!!

punkpunker
punkpunker

EA could pick this game up, if you want money, this game has my support.

M8ingSeezun
M8ingSeezun

@Glade_Gnarr Except the film, Hurt Locker, is NOT based on actual characters or based on true actual events. The film's core setting is based on ACTUAL US Army EODs, as well as the setting on the War in Iraq. But the whole film is NOT a true story. It was inspired by a Journalist's experience who was assigned with an Army EOD squad, but the film doesn't base it on the actual EOD squad. Six days in Fallujah is an ACTUAL Historical Event that actually took place. This explains the controversy for not releasing it.

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

Not releasing the game was bs, i mean the frickin' hurt locker won a motherfin' oscar and nobody complained.

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

It's not Konami's fault. they simply yielded to the outcry. I mean come on when you see kids crying to you to stop doing something. you gotta listen, especially when those kids are your customers. I think whatever movies can do. games should be able to do. no need for double standards. so those who outcry, should just stop outcrying. because when they outcry, they only serve as free advertising tool. I don't necessarily agree or disagree with the game idea, but do I have to? I mean I love to play GTA, but I don't support carjacking people then running over them. that's the beauty of games, you can do things in games you don't want to do in real life.

crazerlapd
crazerlapd

Other form of entertainment can recreate the moment,but don't do the same in games...y?

slicedbread117
slicedbread117

i can respect konami for that but seriously just release the gaame...please?

vf21x
vf21x

Konami is such a girlie company. They need to man up and release the game!! A lot more military personnel died in WW2 and yet nobody cries over the Battlefield, COD or MOH games!!!!! people need to shut up and just have fun with their games. FYI. I served from 1989-1993 as an Airborne paratrooper.

childe_roland
childe_roland

@llamasarecool13 Read my previous post, may shed some light as to why it's okay for movies and books, while video games continue to get the shaft.

bodamer
bodamer

@ QptimisticPrime You are exactly right. No one has the answers, but whats worse is the people who pretend like they do. Anyways, I'm not sure how I feel about 6 Days. It could be incredibly painful for people who have actually lost family in a very real war. At the same time, if video games are ever going to be respected as an artistic medium such as movies and books, they have to take on tough issues like this. Its hard to say how it should go.

llamasarecool13
llamasarecool13

So its ok for movies, books and other forms of entertainment to depict the events of the war in Iraq but not for a video game. Doesn't make sense to me.

Shardz7
Shardz7

Hrmmm. Well, that's too bad they couldn't just go with what they had and felt the need to change some bits to fit the needs of a few sensitive types who won't even buy the game anyway. Breach is a bit generic, though...how about Project: Falafel Stomper?

K-Grogg
K-Grogg

6 Days was looking so good... =(

QptimisticPrime
QptimisticPrime

i hate people talking about the politics of war, specifically the war in iraq, when they know nothing of it beyond what modern warfare, hollywood and the trendy liberal politicians tell them.

ptown58
ptown58

I was looking forward to 6 days.

Drynads
Drynads

@RearNakedChoke This game was dropped because society has become way too soft. If the game was based in Fajjulah, Qari you wouldn't hear the masses b**ching and moaning.

skee360
skee360

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Triton
Triton

Pass, give me Fallujah or give me nothing. Need something to fill the void left after Full Spectrum Warrior series.

UnitedGamerz
UnitedGamerz

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CHAMPION6171994
CHAMPION6171994

I was looking forward to this game, but honestly what was so controversial about this? The only controversial thing i could think of is how an cowboy (Bush) along with his buddies (Darth Vader.. I mean Dick Cheney and the r tards at the CIA) thought there were WMDs in a country that was defeated by us in 1991 within weeks of first battle. The reason why they attacked Kuwait in the first place was for OIL!!! The country with the fourth largest military at the time needed MONIES!!!! Who in CRIKEY F#CK thought there were WMDs IN IRAQ in 2003?!?!?! XD

RearNakedChoke
RearNakedChoke

I don't understand why the game was dropped in the first place. I fail to see how it's any different than say, MW2. Other than the fact that the name of the city that the gameplay takes place in is in the title. How did public outcry force them to cancel over that, when in MW2 there's a sequence where you play as an insurgent and shoot civilizians in a mall.

noodles297
noodles297

@True_Chaos_UK haha plenty of people are making money off of the dead and their sacrifice. The US government, the military, and military contractors. The latter of which gets billlons of dollar contracts year after year for a war that ended three months after it started...9 years ago. Theres no war anymore hasn't been for a long time, just even further degradation of Iraqi and Afgani society and occupation of their land for Western benefit. About the games though, I don't view it as a bad thing. Just a video game. If someone is unhappy and uncomfortable about the situation they're in overseas or their families are suffering with a loss of a serviceman or woman then just don't play the game. No need to take enjoyment out of other peoples' hands. Its not like people play these kinda games and specifically enjoy watching US soldiers and marines die, in some kind of twisted relation to real life. I don't even think anybody does that, even with the fake terrorists and enemies they put into these kinda video games.

childe_roland
childe_roland

I think the real problem here is in the medium, while filmmakers have had 100 years or so to figure out how to tell a story in a respectfully meaningful way, video game developers are still learning the intricacies of how to create something like this without glorifying the violence. Until developers learn how to create something along the lines of Schindler's List using the video game as the medium, people and producers will shy away from the product. If a story based on such a sensitive conflict is going to be told, it has to be told properly in order for it to be accepted. Video games turn everything, regardless of how sensitive the subject, into what is essentially an 80's blockbuster movie shoot 'em up.

linkdarkside
linkdarkside

i hope six days in fallujah get released.

True_Chaos_UK
True_Chaos_UK

If the battle of Fallujah had been 10+ years ago then it would maybe of been a been a different story but the pain for the wounded and the families of the dead must still be so close, plus it a war thats still raging on respect needs to be shown. For men and women who fight on a daily basis. They are doing a job following orders how would you feel if someone was making money off your experience's They should have just made it fictional.

Leinhartx
Leinhartx

@jtrory I'm going to have to disagree with you. UNLESS you also feel that "black hawk down" and "The hurt locker" and movies and books that depict conflict are disrespectful as well. Playing this game (hopefully) Wouldn't be about wanting to kill some terrorists. It would be about tactical gameplay enhanced by the atmosphere of the game while also learnin a little about a battle that few people even realise exists. Noone complained when the "SWAT" games were released. and people have died in the police force.

jtrory
jtrory

@lilmurfer - I think the point is, if you want to cap some insurgents as revenge, join the ****ing military and go over there. Doing it virtually is tactless and hurtful to the men and women that are actually there and dying. You playing a video game about it helps no one, it just satisfies your bloodlust for a couple of hours. While this conflict is still happening I don't think it is appropriate for anyone to be playing virtual soldiers. Real ones are still out there getting ****ed up and they need our support in a way that is useful to them, which playing this game isn't going to do.

dakan45
dakan45

@ ascalon94 That fake crap sold more millions that any other game, that reallistic crap wont sell anything, thats why they care. Also even rogue warrior was published why not this one?