The New Mexico Environment Department has rejected an excavation plan from a documentary crew hoping to unearth thousands of copies of E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 in a landfill where they are rumored to be buried.
The two companies producing the documentary, Fuel Entertainment and Lightbox Interactive, have yet to submit a revised plan, but according to the Associated Press, a Lightbox producer said that the search hasn’t been halted.
E.T. was released in December 1982 for the Atari 2600, with millions of copies produced under the assumption that the link to the hit Steven Spielberg 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.