First contact has occurred in Elite: Dangerous

For quite some time, players in Elite: Dangerous have been finding... oddities. Odd structures on planetary surfaces. Odd bits, here and there. They were obviously hinting at something out in the depths of space, something that is distinctly not human. And now, for the first time, players have found that something... even thought what that something may be is entirely unclear.

The video was recorded by player DP Sayre and features what appears to be a ship of entirely unknown construction and origin doing... something. The ship in question appears to have been disabled, followed by what can be assumed to be some sort of scanning field emerging from the ship, at which point it flies off. What the ship intended or what the purpose is behind its investigation is unclear, but it's a startling example of what is hidden in the depths of the game and what might yet be hiding.

Source: Forum thread, Video; thanks to Cotic, PhoenixDFire, and Pieter for the tips!
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alexjwillis
alexjwillis

Stories like this are my favorite. They are why I play video games. That feeling of "I don't think anybody else has seen this before" is pretty indescribable. I've only had it once before, in EVE.

Mailvaltar
Mailvaltar

This is pretty awesome.

Haven't given the game much thought until now, but since I already own a flight stick I might actually give it a try.

Anyone playing this on PC with a VR? Is it worth it?

Cotic_OP
Cotic_OP

@Mailvaltar 

If you have VR it is probably one of, if not the most immersive game you can play. The sense of scale and presence is phenomenal.

Mailvaltar
Mailvaltar

@Cotic_OP @Mailvaltar Thank you. No, I don't own one yet. For a really good game I'd give it a shot though. :-) We'll see, need to check price tags and hardware reqs first.

Celestia
Celestia

That looked incredibly cool.  Must have been so fun.

apmartinez765
apmartinez765

I wonder how long before the "there's no sound in space guys show up!"

Rhime
Rhime

This looks fun! Can't wait for emergent gameplay like this in Star Citizen!:)

apmartinez765
apmartinez765

@Rhime Not really "emergent" its a scripted event that happens the same every time to everyone who does it, as long as you meet the criteria, its now being repeated over and over by thousands of players..still very awesome and that first guy to do it was on an Xbox is crazy!


Rhime
Rhime

@apmartinez765 Noted and the idea of that kind of discovery in SC is a fun thought..:)

Neo_Wolf
Neo_Wolf

A pity we can't hear the players reactions that would have made the videos SO much better :)  Kudos to the sound team for that game too, that Thargoid ship? (if indeed they are ships anymore as that toally sounded biological) was legit scary sounding.


I really like how they are introducing them in bits too rather than boom..look aliens.  This is how it should be done in order to give those awesome "WOW" moments.

TheDanny
TheDanny

so they put some alien looking props in the game that do nothing, and ships you can't fly or interact with. Amazing /s

cromahr
cromahr

@TheDanny It might have helped had you read the article. This stuff is actually HAPPENING right NOW. Check out the videos by players of their first encounters with the alien ships.
And I for one actually like how they implement this stuff... first the barnacles on the planets and items floating in space, now players get interdicted and scanned by weird-looking alien ships.

Cotic_OP
Cotic_OP

@TheDanny 

Some corrections.

Carrie Fisher memorial was a fan request, the only thing Frontier said about it was a dev response sharing commiserations and saying they would do something to honour her. There was no PR put out about it at all.

The alien storyline has been building for a while, from unknown probes to unknown artefacts to barnacles to crashed ships and now to functioning ships. It is part of an ongoing thing that is all contributing to the game.

Pashgan
Pashgan

@TheDanny It would be problematic to get consent from Carrie Fisher for her own memorial.

TheDanny
TheDanny

ok, but what's the game part of this staged discovery? Can you get up, exit your ship, board that ship to shoot E.T. in the face?? otherwise this is just a glorified in game cinematic without a purpose

captainzor
captainzor

@TheDanny So, you have a problem with them slowly revealing the existence of an alien culture?  Are they not allowed to tell their story how they want to?  It's a mystery inside the game.  Mysteries don't generally unravel at plaid speed.  You're way too worked up over nothing.

Greaterdivinity
Greaterdivinity

Spotted this yesterday and holy shit, those videos are intense. Like, I was on the edge of my seat at work, and I don't even play the damn game.

Kudos to the devs for making the first alien encounter a pretty big "holy shit!" moment, and to this cat for having the smarts to record and post it!

cromahr
cromahr

@Greaterdivinity Great comment. I DO play the game, and I was blown away when I heard about this and saw footage... really mysterious, and I somehow am reminded of Babylon 5 for some reason =)

Line with more hugs
Line with more hugs

It's really cool to see well integrated cut scenes like this. Feels very natural, and the sound design is just as amazing as usual.

That's one thing that I'd like to see more often in MMOs, but too often players just mute games... and then wonder why people complain about bad combat feedback and terrible gunplay.

Hirku
Hirku

I refunded before launch and don't regret it, but it is nice to see they're starting to add some actual mystery to space instead of more trade routes and pew-pew.

ArrakeenEVE
ArrakeenEVE

I tried really hard to get into this game but it just didn't grab me.  I even spent $150 on the early-bird beta access and lifetime expansions.  But the grind was just way to much for a casual gamer like myself, 32 player instances don't make it an MMO and PvP is frowned upon by most of the community.  That said, this video looks really cool, I just with I could have gotten into this game a bit more.

ThatLanteshGuy
ThatLanteshGuy

I have to admit that watching something that cool has me seriously considering picking the game up. Maybe the next time it goes on sale.

HDHarris
HDHarris

like seriously though, that was honestly AMAZING 

Coolit
Coolit

This is awesome!

Dantos
Dantos

I really dig the slow introduction of aliens, which I can only guess might, at the end, result in a full blown NPC faction. Ive always felt elite was a good framework to build on. 


That being said, I tried it, probably right after Horizons launched, maybe back in Feb, I want to like it, but the controls might just be to in depth for me, way to many buttons, especially without a flight stick (I liked the basic flight of Freelancer personally, maybe with a stick it would be better). For me, it has the same problem as other sandboxy games, way to much to do, I cant decide or I keep changing my mind, get paralyzed and dont want to log in anymore.

Did they ever add guild/clan type systems in the game?

cromahr
cromahr

@Dantos Maybe you'd like to consider buying a stick? I bought a Flightmaster HOTAS, which is a basic stick that cost me, I think 50 EUR (it has a thruster too), and it made the game a lot more fun and immersive. I use the thruster to control the speed, I use the extra buttons on the thruster to switch some systems on and off and trigger the boost, and with the stick, I steer the ship, fire weapons, manage systems-power, switch targets.
It took me a while to find the best set of bindings for the stick, but I really enjoy playing the game with that, much more fun

Dantos
Dantos

@cromahr @Dantos If I got back into it, Id probably get the Thrustmaster HOTAS X, which seems to be the gold standard entry stick and thrust. Its pretty cheap right now, about $40 on amazon or so. I just have so much other stuff Ive been meaning to get to. If more in depth PvE and/or clan support was added, I might consider coming back, but I just have to much else on my plate to really warrant spending more money on single game hardware, unfortunately.

Cotic_OP
Cotic_OP

@Dantos 

If you find you're overwhelmed with bindings it might be useful using a program like VoiceAttack. It makes things considerably better from my experience.

I quite often find the same, too many options and none of them appeal just enough, like you I end up logging out because I just can't seem to get into it.
They haven't done anything with clans/clan features yet. Groups can become minor factions and you can support that minor faction but there's no clan interface, chat or anything like that. I do believe it's on the cards.

Cotic_OP
Cotic_OP

Obviously there's more people in the area now but there's been quite a few interdictions so something is definitely ramping up. The sound work, as always, is fantastic and I really like how alien looking those ships are.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb8iqwFeZbA

Loopstah
Loopstah

@Cotic_OP Wow. Just a perfect reveal. I am suuuper tempted to brush the dust off my flight sticks and get back into the game.

DamnDirtyApe
DamnDirtyApe

@Cotic_OP That is pretty awesome!  It actually makes me want to reinstall E:D, but I'll probably continue waiting while they add more stuff.

BalsBigBrother
BalsBigBrother

@Cotic_OP Oh wow that is awesome, those ships look super spooky and you are right the sound plays right into the spooky vibe too.  That would certainly have been a "need some clean undies" encounter if it was me :-)

Estranged
Estranged

@Cotic_OP Oh damn, I gotta login! Incredible!