Aliens from 1984 swarm into Elite Dangerous with Horizons 2.4

    
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For a good long while, it seemed as though Elite Dangerous players were all alone in their gigantic galaxy playground. Then came the discovery of alien remnants and evidence of life, suggesting that the devs had more up their sleeve. But little did players know that first contact was about to become second contact with one of the franchise’s most notorious enemies.

Frontier announced this week that with Horizons 2.4, the Thargoids would arrive in the game after a long absence from the series. The truly alien race that hails from an ammonia world made its debut in the original 1984 game as a threat that players encountered and had to overcome.

The Return update is coming in Q3 2017 and will bring the Thargoids and their eight-sided spaceships into the modern era with story events and inevitable battles. The dev team cautions players that if they fail to stand up to the aliens, they could see the galaxy slowly consumed by the Thargoids.

“What happens next will be decided by every Elite Dangerous player,” said Frontier CEO David Braben. Check out The Return trailers after the jump!

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Alberto

i may have to jump back in when this drops…maybe….

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McSleaz

I haven’t played this game in so long, I wouldn’t know where to start if I updated it and logged in, lol :)

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Loopy

I’ve been saying this for months, but i really need to get back to the game. For those that are currently playing – has the mission system improved?

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BalsBigBrother

Improved as in better than launch, yes. Is the mission system good? Not really but they have made some improvements with limited mission chaining among other things. It still has bugs some of which have been around for a while but yeah I still think Frontier have some way to go before I would say its good.

I have still had fun with it even so but yeah still plenty of scope for improvement. Ymmv depending on preferences and tolerance

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Loopy

I think the vagueness of the initial mission system is what turned me off. It was very hard to track progress, locate the appropriate systems/POIs and generally follow through the mission lifecycle. I know that there was some work done on improving on some of these aspects. Maybe i’ll just jump in and see for myself..

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thirtymil

It’s a little clearer on who you’re working for and some of the ‘go here, find this, come back’ missions have been improved by being able to scan the system or nav buoy when you arrive to find the right USSes. But as BalsBigBro says, it’s got a way to go before you could describe it as good.

Oh, and depending on how long you’ve been away, there’s also a marker on the left panel navigation screen which tells you which systems you have mission objectives in, which makes things a little less painful but not exactly a hell of a lot more fun.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

That headline made me want to respond, “The movie ‘Aliens’ was released in 1986.” Go ambiguity.

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thirtymil

You can pick up your ‘Leathery Eggs’ at Ridley Scott station, Zaonce:

http://elite-dangerous.wikia.com/wiki/Leathery_Eggs

:)

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BalsBigBrother

“What happens next will be decided by every Elite Dangerous player,”

Knowing the Elite:Dangerous players I am betting on a peaceful exchange of ideas and cultures followed by a peaceful co-existence and acceptance. Well it is either that or we will shoot them on sight :-)

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thirtymil

It’s a tough choice… but it takes three button presses for me to me to reach the comms window but only one button to open fire with pulse lasers.

Either way, I’ll be fitting my ship for the worst case scenario. ‘Worst case’ being ganked in the back by other players whilst facing a Thargoid of course.

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Tazuras

Knowing some ED players I think they will escort the Thargoids while they destroy the galaxy…

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Melissa McDonald

Ooo this sounds like an interesting development. Curious to hear from people playing the game if they’ve had any encounters or seen evidence/artifacts.

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BalsBigBrother

The barnacles and artefacts are pretty well documented in the Elite: Dangerous forums / wiki if you are interested. I personally haven’t found any on my own from my own explorations but well there are a lot of planets and its akin to a search for a needle in a haystack in a world made of haystacks.

As I understand it the actual Thargoid encounters at this point are pretty much random and while I have been to areas that Thargoids are supposed to be active I not had any luck with that either.

One way or the other it does look like things are about to ramp up in intensity so I expect it will all change in the near future and will certainly stir things up a little :-)

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Mark Thompson

I’ve been to Merope and investigated the barnacles. I’ve been to the Guardian ruins on a couple of planets and checked out the weird ancient artifacts. I’ve seen others get hyperdicted by a thargoid but despite bouncing around all over the Pleiades sector I’ve had no such luck myself.

I did get an email yesterday from Commander Edward Lewis requesting help in HIP 17044, apparantly a federal capital ship was shot to pieces, Me and a friend went and checked it out for ourselves and found a beacon in the wreckage, every half hour it repeats the same message. It crackles to life, static splitting the air, then the spooky voice begins. Tango…Hotel..Alpha… It goes on to spell out ‘Thargoid return’.

Well over 1000 hours in this game and I still love it as much as the day I first played it, brilliant game.