Six Days In Fallujah Developers Issue Statement

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Posted by Jeff (5544 posts) -
And here's a helicopter!
And here's a helicopter!
Yesterday, Konami sent word through a Japanese newspaper that it was backing away from the game Six Days in Fallujah. Today, the game's developer, Atomic Games, has issued a statement on the subject.

This comes from Peter Tamte, the President of Atomic Games:
We were informed on Thursday night that Konami had decided to pull out of Six Days in Fallujah.  This caught us by surprise.  Development of the game had been progressing very well and on schedule.  We would very much like the opportunity to complete the game.
Even given the controversy surrounding the game--or, really, because of the controversy surrounding the game--I have to imagine that some publisher would be interested in picking this one up.
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#1 Posted by Jeff (5544 posts) -
And here's a helicopter!
And here's a helicopter!
Yesterday, Konami sent word through a Japanese newspaper that it was backing away from the game Six Days in Fallujah. Today, the game's developer, Atomic Games, has issued a statement on the subject.

This comes from Peter Tamte, the President of Atomic Games:
We were informed on Thursday night that Konami had decided to pull out of Six Days in Fallujah.  This caught us by surprise.  Development of the game had been progressing very well and on schedule.  We would very much like the opportunity to complete the game.
Even given the controversy surrounding the game--or, really, because of the controversy surrounding the game--I have to imagine that some publisher would be interested in picking this one up.
Staff
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#2 Posted by iAmJohn (6218 posts) -

I think it was pretty stupid of Konami to drop this.

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#3 Posted by Trnck (453 posts) -

Not optimistic about this game.

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#4 Edited by Yzzerdd (528 posts) -

I think it was fairly intelligent of Konami to drop this.
This game was destiend to be a mediocre COD4 clone riding on a sea of controversy, it won't be missed.

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#5 Posted by JudgeDread (640 posts) -

Maybe it would be wise of Mr. Tamte to elaborate a tiny bit more on their views of the controversy and criticism than just saying "We just want to complete the game..."

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#6 Posted by Pie (7303 posts) -

I think it was pretty smart of Konami to drop this.

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#7 Posted by LordAndrew (14601 posts) -

Get rid of the regenerating health. Maybe that will help people take this game a bit more seriously.

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#8 Posted by alConn (157 posts) -

Controversy = Press = Sales.  Pretty much true for all forms of media.

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#9 Posted by Phished0ne (2791 posts) -

it was completely dumb for Konami to drop this IMO, this game will most likely sell a good bit due the the controversy factor.  Adam Sessler did a really good videoblog about this game, typical "for games to become an important media, there have to be games that have good stories but maybe are a little less "fun"".

Interesting stuff, if this game can be treated well, and from hearing interviews and things, it seems like there are a lot of soldiers that really think this story could be told somehow,  and IF(big if) it can be done right, this could be a very compelling experience.
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#10 Posted by FlappyHands (2992 posts) -

Maybe they're more interested in how people view the company overall then they are about the sales of one game.

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#11 Posted by pakx (981 posts) -

do you honestly think people would stop buying copies of Metal Gear Solid and Castlevania if they went ahead and published this game?

i'm not exactly for the game or anything, but i can't imagine konami has sensibly dropped the title on the merrits of controversy alone.

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#12 Posted by JudgeDread (640 posts) -
pakx said:
"do you honestly think people would stop buying copies of Metal Gear Solid and Castlevania if they went ahead and published this game?i'm not exactly for the game or anything, but i can't imagine konami has sensibly dropped the title on the merrits of controversy alone."
the problem is that stores like Wal-mart might stop sell Konami games due to pressures from various advocacy groups and consumers that watch Fox News
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#13 Posted by pakx (981 posts) -

but how much of a fan base does Konami have in hillbillies and avid wal-mart shoppers that wouldn't just walk over to a Best Buy or a Gamestop to get thier copy?

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#14 Posted by IncredibleBulk92 (949 posts) -

The problem I have with this game is that it's actually impossible to tell the difference between this and the Black Hawk Down game that was released a few years back.  Honestly, the poses the characters are in, the environments... Think I might have middle-east fatigue.  Get back to russia game-devs

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#15 Posted by Ouroboros (330 posts) -

Cue Rock Star North / Take-Two - the only Developer/Publisher team crazy enough to take this project.

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#16 Posted by kitsune_conundrum (1240 posts) -

Today we announce the dropping of 'Six days in Fallujah' due to some concerns of our fanbase. Secondly, we are proud to announce the development of a new game called 'A Week of War' where you play as a soldier caught up in a conflict in an unnamed middle eastern country and gameplay will feature regenerating health. -_-

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#17 Posted by Zenwork (63 posts) -

Change the title and it would be fine.. That's the right thing to do. Too many people died there

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#18 Posted by MachoFantastico (6196 posts) -

I hope this gets a new publisher, it could tell a very interesting story. It was just that Konami didn't have the balls to stand up for themselves and upset a few Americans.

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#19 Posted by Oriental_Jams (3072 posts) -

It's serious snobbishness to think that videogames aren't as just a medium to interpret the war in Iraq as TV or film. Pity.

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#20 Posted by Media_Master (3259 posts) -

We'll see what happens as usual

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#21 Posted by HarrySound (299 posts) -

Films ans TV programs are always made to cause a stir so why not games?
I have to say I don't really care about this game.....it's just not what I look for anymore but how long do we have to leave it from the events before it becomes alright?
It seems a bit silly to me that there is an invisible time scale of acceptance.

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#22 Posted by HatKing (7259 posts) -

Can I just be offended because this game looks bad based off video game merits?  I mean, this is offensive to so many people on so many different levels it probably shouldn't be made. 

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#23 Posted by Shadow (5206 posts) -

I don't see the controversy behind this.  It's no different from other games based on actual wars.  And it will probably be generic just like the rest of them.

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#24 Posted by SenatorSpacer (463 posts) -

I really want this game to get a new publisher, I'm interested on how it was going to be handled.

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#25 Posted by XaiaX (96 posts) -
the problem is that stores like Wal-mart might stop sell Konami games due to pressures from various advocacy groups and consumers that watch Fox News

Why would the Fox News crowd be upset that you get to play Glorious American Hero Soldiers shooting Dirty Terrorists, in Iraq?

The only controversy to this game is the fact that you would be able to play "not the good guys".
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#26 Posted by RHCPfan24 (8663 posts) -

This is going to get picked up. Obviously.

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#27 Edited by Aurelito (792 posts) -

What's controversy over this game? I haven't heard from anyone since it'd been announced.

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#28 Posted by Alexander (1760 posts) -
LordAndrew said:
"Get rid of the regenerating health. Maybe that will help people take this game a bit more seriously."
Agreed. When I heard about regen health on the Bombcast I was quite surprised.
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#29 Posted by taco484 (142 posts) -

This game seems really odd... I think there is a way to convey a recent bloody battle in a video game... but I dont think a COD/GOW clone is the way to do it... it just seems too goofy.

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#30 Posted by ultrapeanut (419 posts) -

This game isn't even an abortion. It's anencephalic.

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#31 Edited by Duckbutter (387 posts) -

maybe Konami realized the game sucked and used the controversy as an excuse to get out because telling Atomic employees to their faces would be really awkward because one Atomic editor invited Konami to his wedding and another Atomic QA assistant has a wife that bakes muffins every time Konami makes a visit.

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#32 Posted by giyanks22 (2950 posts) -

I was talking with two marines over the weekend. I asked him about Fallujah, and he said when he was there, he got thirty kills during the battle. He said they should not be making a game out of it at all..

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#33 Posted by wefwefasdf (6730 posts) -

Could Rockstar pick it up? They don't really care about controversy.

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#34 Posted by theMcNasty (758 posts) -

As long as the game gets picked up, Konami will have only helped this title.

Controversy equals $$$!?

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#35 Posted by aurahack (2538 posts) -

Wait, wasn't Konami all like "Mrrr we're trying to be brute and break the mold here" when they announced this? WTF?

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#36 Posted by dQuarters (181 posts) -

Japanese publishers seem to be quite a bit ... ball-less these days. It seems they run screaming from any form of "politically incorrectness" that hits not just the gaming community, but ANY community that might feel something is whine-worthy.


Whaddup-widdat?

I won't miss this game (and certainly not the reactions it can often illicit). But I think it's sad to see another risk being averted. I blame Brad for the whole thing, personally.
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#37 Posted by Dany (8018 posts) -
Pie said:
"I think it was pretty smart of Konami to drop this."
I have to disagree. Having a game to potentially, turn the perception of this industry upside down is worthwhile.
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#38 Posted by PowerBombYo (199 posts) -

That screen shot looks an awful lot like Americas Army...

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#39 Posted by cyrax (211 posts) -

Explain to us how that makes sense to you, Zenwork.

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#40 Posted by nick69 (639 posts) -

Why did Konami pussy out?

I was thinking this game would be pretty good, and can pull off a Black Hawk Down, which is one of my favorite movies.

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#41 Posted by Jackel2072 (2510 posts) -

this is no different then any other WWII shooter out there. on the market today. Take 2/ Rockstar games please step up to the plate.

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#42 Posted by Banjo_ace (121 posts) -

I got mixed feelings on this

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#43 Posted by Rasgueado (806 posts) -

So it only matters how much time passes before it then becomes ok to trivialize mass death? We already have games where the protagonists drive jeeps to bad rock music through clearly middle eastern locales. Just because the developer decides to name the country "Jockistan" instead of "Afghanistan," it doesn't change the fact that you're still killing brown people with turbans. 


Is it a "Kleenex" or a tissue?
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#44 Edited by MrKlorox (11142 posts) -

A poor game is a poor game regardless of the hype or controversy surrounding it. Make the game uphold to the standards the protesters demand and you might build a fanbase. But coasting along on controversy alone is the quickest way to be forgotten.

Konami saw this coming and got out while they could. It was the reaction of the demos to the gaming press (shitty game played shittily) COMBINED with the reaction of the populace (who demanded a game like this must not be made up of shit) which caused Konami to want to save face.

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#45 Posted by Brackynews (4387 posts) -

I am very interested to see how this game turns out.  It has a realism to the drama that I think will affect people more than any Call of Duty script.

I can only assume that Konami found it too realistic.  Needs more monkeys and nanomachines to fit their catalog. :-p


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#46 Posted by LiquidPrince (16829 posts) -

Konami shouldn't have backed out just because of it would get a bit of flak.

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#47 Posted by Lunarbunny (1055 posts) -
Jeff said:
"
And here's a helicopter!
And here's a helicopter!
Yesterday, Konami sent word through a Japanese newspaper that it was backing away from the game Six Days in Fallujah. Today, the game's developer, Atomic Games, has issued a statement on the subject.

This comes from Peter Tamte, the President of Atomic Games:
We were informed on Thursday night that Konami had decided to pull out of Six Days in Fallujah.  This caught us by surprise.  Development of the game had been progressing very well and on schedule.  We would very much like the opportunity to complete the game.
Even given the controversy surrounding the game--or, really, because of the controversy surrounding the game--I have to imagine that some publisher would be interested in picking this one up.
"
Let's see...controversy... let's say Rockstar.
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#48 Posted by Equal_Opportunity_Destroyer497 (578 posts) -

I find Konami's lack of balls disappointing. Both sides can argue whether the game is in good or bad taste all damn day, but at the end of said day political correctness (bullshit) will usually win out and the "offending party" will cave. I, for one, hope that some other publisher picks it up and releases it. I also hope that the game is good and handles itself with some dignity.

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#49 Posted by gormers (265 posts) -

Adam Sesslers view on the game: http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/694743/Sesslers-Soapbox-Fun-Vs-Art.html#commentpost
I can see why some will get offended by this (because the setting is recent, and not old), but from what Ive heard, its just people who has had nothing do to with the war (haven't been there), that has been complaining. I think it would have been cool with a game that takes war more seriously, not just like an glorious patriotic act (like the latest medal of honour game). Of course, I havent played the game, and respect the veterans who would find this distasteful.

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