A Question About the Upcoming E.T. Game for the Atari 2600 (and an untimely answer)

I was reading this January 1983 issue of Electronic Games, when I stumbled across this letter from a reader from Newark, CA asking about the rumored E.T. video game. They confirm the release and talk about the only details they could reveal at this point (Spielberg being involved).

What is very mysterious about this letter is its publication date of January of 1983. A month after the game was released. How far in advance were issues of EG put together???

atari-ET-letter

That mystery aside, maybe I am just reading into this short letter, but I can almost sense the excitement and enthusiasm for this particular tie-in. In both the question and their untimely response.

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