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Meeting aliens in Elite: Dangerous was 'a truly terrifying experience'

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We interviewed one of the first players to make contact

Elite: Dangerous First Alien Contact

Last week a years-long mystery began to unfold in real time for fans of Elite: Dangerous. Commanders in the spacefaring game from Frontier Developments finally made first contact with an unknown alien race. Their accounts, and the videos they’ve shared, are harrowing.

Polygon reached out to Commander Dr. Kaii, one of the Elite community’s most experienced pilots, to learn more. As the leader of last year’s Distant Worlds expedition, he organized a flotilla of more than 1,000 ships to travel more than 80,000 light years to the edge of the Milky Way. He was also one of the first to encounter Elite’s new alien menace.

Dr. Kaii joined us live on Polygon’s Facebook page to take questions from our readers. We’ve edited that video, including Kaii’s own footage, for our viewers here and on YouTube.

You can find more videos by Dr. Kaii, including some fairly poetic pieces, on his YouTube Channel. Additional footage provided by ObsidianAnt.