It turns out that when you mess with the Thargoids long enough, eventually even they get fed up.
Elite Dangerous players have been poking the ethereal aliens with the space equivalent of prodding sticks for months ever since they first started appearing in the game as part of its ongoing plotline. Players were divided over whether to communicate or fight; fighting was initially effective only until the Thargoids appeared to develop resistance to player tactics, and communication proved difficult.
But reports coming from the game today suggest that the Thargoids have had enough of being hassled and are fighting back in earnest, apparently attacking multiple player space stations and provoking emergency evacuation notices for players with ships docked there (you won’t lose your ships, mind you, as they’ll be moved some place more secure unless you intentionally fly back to the besieged station, but it’s some fun flavor).
Looks like it’s shaping up to be a fun holiday in Elite!
Commanders, we need your help! Thargoids have attacked stations around the Pleiades and there are thousands of stranded civilians! Any available ships, head to The Oracle (Pleiades Sector IR-W D1-55), Titan's Daughter (Taygeta) and Liman Legacy (HIP 16753) and save them. Please. pic.twitter.com/0aHlgdUMU1
— Elite Dangerous (@EliteDangerous) December 14, 2017