Konami doing Iraq War game, Close Combat guys developing

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Konami have revealed they are teaming with Atomic Games, the guys behind Close Combat, to make a game based on the November 2004 battle in the Iraqi town of Fallouja. The idea for the game came from U.S. Marines who returned from the battle with video, photos and diaries of their experiences. It is said the game will mostly focus on a single player, telling the stories of the soldiers, but will also have a multiplayer component.

For us, the challenge was how do you present the horrors of war in a game that is also entertaining, but also gives people insight into a historical situation in a way that only a video game can provide?” Atomic Games president Peter Tamte said. “Our goal is to give people that insight, of what it’s like to be a Marine during that event, what it’s like to be a civilian in the city and what it’s like to be an insurgent.

Our opportunity for giving people insight goes up dramatically when we can present people with the dilemmas and the choices that faced these soldiers… It’s a chance to really give them a better understanding and empathy.

If you are not up to date on all things war related, then this Wikipedia page tells you all about the battle you will be recreating – or at least part of it.

The game is currently called Six Days in Fallujah, and is set for release on PC, 360 and PS3 sometime next year.

[Thanks, LA Times]