Six Days in Fallujah: a first boycott campaign started

Six Days in Fallujah: a first boycott campaign started

Six Days in Fallujah

The much discussed Six Days in Fallujah, FPS developed by Highwire Games with publisher Victura, returns to talk about itself again. In fact, the CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) has urged Sony, Microsoft and Valve not to publish the Highwire Games title on their platforms. For the uninitiated, the FPS narrates a recent battle, namely the 'Second Battle of Fallujah' (7 November 2004 - 23 December 2004), a bloody ground warfare involving the forces of the American, British and Iraqi coalition, against the insurgents (including Al-Qaeda and the Islamic Army of Iraq).

The battle caused approximately 800 civilian deaths and extensive damage to more than 10,000 buildings in the city (including a hundred mosques ). CAIR, after asking the gaming giants not to promote the game, announced the following: “The second battle of Fallujah was a violent and bloody battle during the Iraq war that resulted in the deaths of over 800 civilians. The tragic episode was heavily criticized for US military tactics, including the use of white phosphorus. In the years following the battle, numerous Iraqi children were born in Fallujah with birth defects ";

" When the game was first announced in 2009 by Atomic Games, it received widespread criticism from the public, from anti-war organizations and veterans, forcing then-publisher Konami to abandon the project. In 2016, former Atomic Games CEO Peter Tamte founded his publishing studio, Victura, to support the re-emergence of the game in 2021. "

The request of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is not to publish Six Days in Fallujah for fear of fueling Islamophobic reactions, with retaliation against Muslims in America and around the world. At the moment, the three companies have not responded to the release, but we will keep you updated here on Game Division. We would also like to specify that we at Game Division consider ourselves neutral to the facts (we reported the news for the record), hoping that the dispute between the two parties can be resolved as soon as possible. On the other hand, the title of Highwire Games, wants to tell a fact of real history also through interviews with veterans and inhabitants of the Iraqi town of Falluja.

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PS5 and Xbox urged to BAN ‘Six Days in Fallujah’ game for recreating 2004 Iraq War battle

A CONTROVERSIAL video game set during the Iraq War's bloodiest battle has come under fresh criticism ahead of its release this year.


A prominent Muslim advocacy group has called on PlayStation and Xbox to ban Six Days in Fallujah, branding the game an 'Arab murder simulator'.

A prominent Muslim advocacy group has branded Six Days in Fallujah an

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A prominent Muslim advocacy group has branded Six Days in Fallujah an 'Arab murder simulator'Credit: handout

The first-person shooter follows US soldiers during an intense battle in 2004 that resulted in the deaths of more than 800 Iraqi civilians.


Dozens of US and British troops were also killed as they cleared heavily entrenched Iraqi insurgents from the city of Fallujah.


Developed by Highware Games, Six Days in Fallujah has repeatedly come under fire over what some see as an attempt to glorify a violent and tragic battle.


In a statement this week, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) dragged the game's contentious subject matter back into the spotlight again.

Six Days in Fallujah follows US soldiers during an intense battle in 2004 that resulted in the deaths of more than 800 Iraqi civilians

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Six Days in Fallujah follows US soldiers during an intense battle in 2004 that resulted in the deaths of more than 800 Iraqi civilians

CAIR – the largest Muslim civil rights charity in the US – said game would 'only normalise violence against Muslims in America and around the world'.


'The gaming industry must stop dehumanising Muslims,' CAIR spokesperson Huzaifa Shahbaz said.


'Video games like Six Days in Fallujah only serve to glorify violence that took the lives of hundreds of Iraqi civilians, justify the Iraq war, and reinforce anti-Muslim sentiment.'


He added that the game will hit shelves 'at a time when anti-Muslim bigotry continues to threaten human life'.


Six Days in Fallujah was announced over a decade ago when the wounds of the second Iraq war were still fresh.

Six Days in Fallujah was announced over a decade ago when the wounds of the second Iraq war were still fresh

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Six Days in Fallujah was announced over a decade ago when the wounds of the second Iraq war were still fresh

Its story and gameplay are based on eye-witness accounts from the harrowing battle, described by the US military as 'some of the heaviest urban combat US Marines have been involved in' since 1968.


The game was dropped by developer Konami in 2009 following criticism that it was inappropriate.


However, it re-emerged in February 2021 under developer Highware Games and publisher Victura.


The Second Battle of Fallujah proved extremely controversial in part due to the high number of civilian casualties.


Estimates at the time put the civilian death toll at 800, though the real figure is likely much higher than that.


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The release date covered the UK, US, Australia and a bunch of other countries worldwide.


The disc-free Series S costs £249/$299, while the Xbox Series X comes in at £449/$499.


So how does that compare to the new Xbox's biggest rival, the PlayStation 5?


The PS5 launch fell on November 12, but not everywhere.


That date only stood for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.


UK gamers had to wait until November 19 to order one of the consoles.


The PS5 proper costs £449.99/$499.99, while the digital edition comes in at £359/$399.


Coalition forces are alleged to have committed violent acts against non-combatants, including the use of white phosphorus against civilians.


As a result, Six Days in Fallujah has taken plenty of flack throughout its laboured development.


Critics have expressed concern over who the game will ask players to empathise with.


The game's developers say its story features the perspectives of both western troops and Iraqi civilians.


Six Days in Fallujah is out no earlier than September this year on Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5 and PC.

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