Last year, Frontier’s David Braben made an offhand quip about the existence of non-celestial objects in Elite: Dangerous that no one had discovered since the launch of the game’s version 1.2. Naturally, the community was whipped into a frenzy before it sought to solve the intricacies of a full-on ARG, covering the game’s solar system from corner to corner. Today, one Commander Octo uncovered its elusive Space Barnacles.
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So, after Braben’s tease last year, the Elite: Dangerous community eventually discovered a mysterious ‘Unknown Artefact’. Stumped by what it meant, Elite: Dangerous’ producer weighed in, telling players to listen to the item. A strange recording was made but no conclusions were drawn - irregardless of the belief it all had something to do with the Thargoids - the insectoid aliens from past Elite games.
To add fuel to the rumour mill fire, a chap named Commander Octo has discovered the much-rumoured Space Barnacles on Merope 5C - some 150 light years from where the Unknown Artefact was found. Since, many-a-traveller has headed to Merope to see for themselves, where a fellow named semtexzv recorded the barnacles emitting these distrubing noises (skip to seven minutes onwards for the creepiest section):
If you wish to visit the Space Barnacles yourself, they’re on Merope 5C at the coordinates: -026.3496°, -156.4044°.
Once again, though, we’re left asking the question: what does it all mean?