In conjunction with the release of 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition' Blu-Ray next Tuesday, Universal has partnered up with Chillingo to extend the lore even further by way of a mobile farming game, and Kotaku has nabbed the first screens and teaser trailer of the title. The premise of a farming sim featuring E.T. might sound strange, but it actually fits right in line with the movie's plot. You see, at the end of the movie, E.T. take a little potted plant home with him, something his race needs to save their planet from dying.

In E.T. The Green Planet, the title of the mobile game, that's exactly what you'll do: grow various kinds of alien plants to rehabilitate the planet. You'll also be able to create new hybrid plants by cross-breeding, and of course there's a social component so you can check in on your friends' alien gardens as well. Also, I can't help but sense a bit of irony in the fact that there is a new E.T. video game where the object is to bury stuff.

To be honest, a farming/gardening sim is about the last thing on my list of things to be excited about, but the way this ties in to the plot of the movie is actually pretty interesting, and if it extends the story out further I'm down to see how it turns out. We'll find out next Tuesday when E.T. The Green Planet launches in the App Store.

[Kotaku]

  • zornthgrt

    Ha!

  • bramblett05

    Why not could be worse zynga could do it.

  • http://twitter.com/JyriKilpelainen Jyri Kilpeläinen

    E.T. grow crops.

  • nickmorgs

    Oh, great.  Even E.T. is getting in on the freemium party.

  • mudd

    Well this can't be worse than the Atari 2600 game, and we can't throw apps into a landfill, so this has a shot.

    • Professionalbum

      Great minds think alike!

  • Professionalbum

    Well at least they can't throw this in a landfill.

  • http://twitter.com/nrathaus Noam Rathaus

    So sad, does Spielberg have rights over the character? if so too sad he sold it for this lame game.

  • Firetruck94

    Well, it can't possibly be worse than the Atari one, can it?

  • JJE

    Chilingo will be hard pressed to create a game that sux worse than the one from Atari. But given Chilingo's reputation I have confidence they will pull out all the stops and outsux Atari at every level. One idea I hope they implement: have ET phone home but for 10¢ IAP per minute.

  • Rothgarr

    Why don't I remember E.T. taking a plant with him?

    • Rothgarr

      Never mind... just watched that scene on YouTube... I guess he takes some flowers back with him into the ship...

  • Edward Hatfield

    Actually 'E.T The Green Planet' is the title of the 2nd book that came out when the E.T. movie had first released, and yes, it was about farming. :-)

    • Adams Immersive

      Ha! I read that book. Never thought ET sequel novels would be getting their own games in 2012.....

  • Bool Zero

    Actually makes sense, he was all about botany in the film after all! And like others have said, it can't be any worse than the 2600 game... I still own it too, hehe!

  • http://twitter.com/DNASplicer David Keesling

    Wasn't an episode of Code Monkeys about making a terrible ET video game?