Atari E.T. Excavation Put on Hold

atari-etPlans to unearth copies of the notoriously bad E.T. game for Atari 2600,  buried in a New Mexico landfill, have been put on hold due to safety concerns.

Two companies, Fuel Entertainment and LightBox Interactive, wanted to film the excavation for a documentary about the burial of the game. Millions of copies were supposedly dumped at the site in Alamogordo, New Mexico in  the 1980’s after the game’s disastrous commercial performance, however The New Mexico Environment Department was not satisfied with the reasons for the dig saying that the plans were “generic” and lacking in site-specific details. Elevated chemical levels were also found at the site in 2004 which could cause a lengthy delay to the excavation while further testing is carried out.

The NMED is waiting for a revised proposal from the documentary team, which they had not received as of March 17, however Catherine Pasciak, a producer for LightBox, said they are still planning on completing the film once the project has been approved.

The documentary is set to be released on the Xbox One when it has been completed.


About marty14

English and Creative Writing Graduate with a lifelong video games obsession.

Posted on March 23, 2014, in News, Xbox One and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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