The Elite: Dangerous universe just got a lot bigger (and a lot scarier). Players of Frontier Developments’ space sim made first contact with the game’s insectoid alien race, known as the Thargoids, today, more than two years after Elite: Dangerous was officially released.
The first encounter with the Thargoids — or at least first video evidence of it — comes from someone playing the game on Xbox One. Player “DP Sayre” uploaded clips of their run-in with the alien ship to Xbox DVR. Even if you’re not an Elite: Dangerous player, the encounter feels spooky and intimidating, as the player’s ship is pulled out of “witch space” and appears helpless as the Thargoids scan their disabled spacecraft.
Here’s a look at that encounter, which currently has the Elite: Dangerous community freaking out.
After the clip was uploaded, Elite: Dangerous’ developer appeared to confirm the legitimacy of the Thargoid encounter on Twitter.
A report just coming through that a CMDR has experienced something... strange. https://t.co/NJVhHWe4eB— Elite Dangerous (@EliteDangerous) January 5, 2017
Reports are now coming in from multiple players who have run into Thargoids, and players on Reddit are compiling a known list of locations where encounters have happened.
The Thargoid are a hostile, insectoid race and have appeared in previous Frontier games. Frontier Developments has said it planned to feature the aliens in Elite: Dangerous as far back as 2012, when the space sim was still in its Kickstarter-backed infancy.
“The Thargoids are still around,” said Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael Brookes in response to a question from a backer. The following year, Brookes said the aliens would be in the game’s initial release, but in a limited capacity.
“Thargoids are in the initial release, but only as encounters,” he wrote on Frontier Developments’ forums. “We'll be doing something far more with them in a future release.”
What’s in store for Elite: Dangerous players now that the Thargoid have appeared is still a mystery, one that a virtual galaxy is now rallying to unravel.