A documentary crew have been given approval to carry out a six-month excavation of a New Mexico landfill site to find out if Atari buried millions of copies of a unsuccessful E.T. movie tie-in back in the eighties.
The Steven Spielberg directed film was released in December 1982 for the Atari 2600, with millions of copies produced under the assumption that the link to the hit movie would guarantee sales success. The failure of the game is believed to be one of the main contributing factors to 1983’s crash of the video game industry.
Local news site KRQE (via ArsTechnica) reports that Canadian film production firm Fuel Industries has been granted access to the site in Alamogordo where the millions of copies are rumoured to have been crushed and covered in concrete. The results of the dig are to be part of a documentary attempting to answer one of gaming’s most enduring myths.
The excavation coincides with the 30th anniversary of the alleged dump.