Six Days in Fallujah was in development at God of War’s Sony Santa Monica at one point – report
Sony has apparently considered working on Six Days in Fallujah at one point.
One of the more surprising reveals to come out of David Jaffe’s interview with John Garvin, writer and creative director of Days Gone, was that God of War maker Sony Santa Monica studio was, at one point, working on Six Days in Fallujah.
This wild tidbit was actually dropped by Jaffe himself, who asked Garvin whether he knew the game was in development at Sony Santa Monica.
“Did you know Six Days in Fallujah was actually in development at Sony Santa Monica for a while? Like, we were externally…,” asked Jaffe (via VGC). To which Garvin replied, “I was at the greenlight meeting.”
Garvin has been fairly outspoken about the reception Days Gone received, the game’s sales, and Sony’s love for Metracritic glory. He explained in the same interview that the number of copies Days Gone sold at full price at launch is part of why Sony didn’t greenlight a sequel.
“Any time that game started to really become something that they wanted it to be a real look at war, companies kind of said ‘yeah, thanks but no thanks’,” Jaffe went on. “So I don’t know what this new one is going to be in terms of, are they gonna get there.”
“It’s a tough one. We’re in a climate where, man, you’re just stepping literally in landmines,” Garvin added.
It’s not clear when this particular venture took place at Sony Santa Monica. Konami cancelled the original game in 2009, so it’s logical to assume that in the over ten-year hiatus that more than one studio took a stab at the idea.
The new Six Days in Fallujah is developed by Highwire Games and published by Victura – a company made up of former Atomic Games people. Atomic Games, of course, was involved in the original pitch and initial development over a decade ago.
Victura wasted no time pulling out the old ‘it’s not political’ spiel, before backtracking and admitting that the events of one of deadliest urban battles in modern history are, in fact, “inseparable from politics”.