Fuel Industries, a Canadian game developer, has been given a permit from the city of Alamogordo, New Mexico, to excavate the landfill where Atari reportedly buried many, many copies of E.T. and other broken or unsalable merchandise back in 1983.
Dubbed the “Atari Graveyard” or the “Atari Dump” if you will, Fuel Industries plans to excavate the site and film the proceedings, eventually turning it into a documentary.
According to Alamogordo News, District 1 Commissioner Jason Baldwin said he himself played E.T., and “it was terrible.”
Fule Industries hopes the excavation will prove whether the old landfill, located near the Charlie T. Lee Memorial Relief Route in Alamogordo does indeed hold tons of old Atari merchandise.
The team will have six months to dig up the landfill, and at present, there’s no word on when the digging will commence.