Xbox documentary to cover excavation of Atari ET game landfill

One of the first projects to be produced by Xbox Entertainment Studios will be a documentary series available only on Xbox One and Xbox 360, Microsoft announced Thursday, reports IGN.

ET Atari wallpaper imageThe first of these episodes will be a documentary covering the excavation of the landfill site containing copies of the infamously bad Atari 2600 game E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

Fuel Entertainment announced it had reached a deal to excavate the landfill site in New Mexico earlier this year.

The Atari 2600 game E.T. was rushed to market in 1982, the year of the film’s release, in order to be available in time for the holidays.

As a result, the final product was a disaster and is often regarded as one of the worst games of all time.

While its role in causing the video game crash of 1983 tends to be exaggerated, the game was so bad that Atari was left with millions of unsold copies of it — copies which Atari reportedly dumped in a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

The E.T. documentary will cover the rise of fall of Atari in addition to the excavation itself when it begins being filmed in January. It will be directed by Zak Penn, a writer on movies like X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, and The Avengers.

Its release is scheduled globally (where Xbox Live is available) for 2014.

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