Elite Dangerous’ 2.4 update today heralds ‘The Return’ of the Thargoids

When Frontier’s servers return to service today, Elite Dangerous will have a shiny new update. Patch 2.4 The Return promises “more mysterious and exciting things,” a plain allusion to the “return” of the Thargoids, the extra-dimensional aliens that have previously served as the game’s “scary dogmatic alien” trope and are now here to… well, I guess you’ll see. If you live that long. Muahahah! Sorry. They’re actually kinda cute.

There’s more to the patch, of course, including new save slots and hairdos in the Holo-Me system, new planetary bases in Colonia, bounties and ship purchasing penalties for murderers, an improved inbox, new missions, updates to the route plotting system, search and rescue contracts, improvements to the galaxy map, and a whole bunch of bug fixes.

Back in August, our own Andrew Ross, who’s admittedly more of a PvP sandbox guy than a space sim guy, struggled to love the game, but it’s had a good summer: Not only did Elite pass 2.75M sales, but China’s Tencent poured $23M into Frontier, purchasing a 9% stake.

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hjaish
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Another shambolic ‘expansion’. Major issues that have been in the game for months still not fixed. Already over 140 bugs reported. And that’s not counting the bugs found by players too exhausted to bother reporting them. Really what waste of time it is expecting Frontier to fix this train wreck. They’re superbly qualified to mess it up and totally underqualified to fix it.

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zeko_rena

I really hope the whole Thargoid thing is going to be more than a pile of boring fetch quest and kill quest community goals, otherwise I am going to be extremely disappointed.

Nothing else really interesting, a few cool things like the ability to plot much longer jump routes but really after such a long gap since 2.3 I really don’t think its going to give me much excitement.

Hopefully I am wrong though, should be patched by the time I get home

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PhoenixDfire

I tangled with a couple of thargoid encounters last night. Genuinely scary, especially as human weapons don’t do anything yet against. They’re destroying ships and taking escape pods so I flew in under fire and rescued as many as I could before getting out of dodge. Other players have found there are research limpets which you can target the mothership with and get a tonne of cash from.

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zeko_rena

That is awesome that you flew in to save escape pods, I keep reading stories of players going and dropping off escape pods for them to gobble up…. /sigh

I will have to look into this research limpet thing, I do like a tonne of cash :)

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zeko_rena

Horeh sheet
Just got two data delivery missions, both in Sol to take to Hutton Orbital in Alpha Centuri, bit of a drive in system, but get this, one mission is paying 2.5 million the other is 4.5 million.. for a 4.5 ish light year jump

Uhhhh yes please :)

A lot of data missions with Colonia as the destination as well, paying between 2.5 – 3.5 million, however that is 22,000 light years worth of jumps lol, I love how broken the mission pay outs are, ill keep my 4.5 + 2.5 mil missions for 4.5 light year jump

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BalsBigBrother

Haven’t jumped in to try this yet but I have been watching a couple of streams. Watched a double wing get absolutely wrecked by a single thargoid. I rather think I am going to be (a) crapping myself and (b) running away a lot. Can’t wait hehe :-)

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hurbster

These bastards made you edgy every time you did a jump in the original game. Every time you saw that double-jump screen it was kiss yer arse good-bye time unless you were lucky and were packing at least beam lasers.

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Sheryl Lard

((Deleted by mod. Please stop trolling. This is why you were banned the last time. Maybe don’t waste your second chance. There are a million perfectly civil ways to complain about a game. Try one.))

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BalsBigBrother

You should stop talking the chip on your shoulder is making you grumpy.

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edangerous

Looks like gameplay to me

So giving out free stuff is peddling of knick knacks? That sounds like you just want to grab at something to have a moan.
This stuff is part of season 2, if you want to know what is next you’ll have to wait for the announcements at the expo next month. But it’s obvious you don’t care about what’s next especially if you’re still banging on about offline mode which was explained years ago.

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cmdr_cotic

Looks like they are collecting humans in their escape pods as well :) Classic alien abduction shenanigans

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Sheryl Lard

so if that encounter happens twice, can you skip that scripted cutscene the second time? I reckom you know the difference between

1) a cutscene?

2) gameplay?

What is the gameplay here? Does it start after the overly dramatic sound demo?

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cmdr_cotic

This is not a cutscene, this is just like any potential hostile npc in any other game.

In this case it’s a Thargoid in a Grade 5 USS, they scan and assess players to deem if they are a threat, if they decide you are they launch drone attacks as well as their own missiles.

The gameplay is that you are investigating what the Thargoids are up to, you’re attacking them or defending yourself against them and perhaps with the right weaponry/support you defeat them to retreive salavge in the search for weaknesses and materials for better weapons/defense etc.

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Alberto

Looks exciting may give me a reason to start up the game again after a 1 year hiatus. Hopefully it will actually play like this or close to this.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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hurbster

Needs a monocle as well.

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PhoenixDfire

At least we got the glasses for free. ;-)

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Ket Viliano

Only if the monocle is for sale.
:P

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Tazuras

I think I have played 20 hours or so of this. My two major complaints are that the game play isn’t engaging enough for me (everything feels too repetitive to me, I think his is in part because the in game stories I came across are minimal and not very immersive) and the game doesn’t have enough QoL features for me (specifically having to potentially sell things to switch to a ship with less cargo bugs the heck out of me).

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CapnLan

Well I’m about as ready as I’ll ever be. Got the corvette all geared up and tuned up. I decided not to hitch a ride on the Gnosis and just hang back a bit as I have no idea where it’s going and I just don’t want to risk being dropped thousands of light years away from the bubble with a 19ly corvette. Going to have to see about those new weapons that will supposedly help with the ‘goids.

No news on the Type-10 Defender though. I hope it’s playable and not just an NPC ship. I’m always looking forward to new ships.

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PhoenixDfire

I suspect that the type 10 will be a ship that we will help research and build via player events, that will come out later in 2.4

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cmdr_cotic

Looking forward to seeing how the Thargoid stuff plays out, hoping they are a very dangerous enemy to go up against alone.