Everyone loves a good old fashioned gaming mystery, Grand Theft Auto has Bigfoot, Battlefield has a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Megalodon hidden away and now it looks like Elite: Dangerous are finally about to meet the Thargoids. The insectoid alien race appeared in previous Elite games, namely Frontier: First Encounters, but have only been hinted at in Elite: Dangerous, up until now that is.
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Elite: Dangerous players have been reporting encounters with unknown probes, which when scanned incapacitate the player’s ship by emitting an electromagnetic pulse. That pulse is followed by a indiscernible crackling sound that’s similar to the noise made by Elite’s in-game Unknown Artefacts - which they resemble some kind of non-human lifeform and are rumoured to be of an alien origin.
Check out the encounter below.
Of course, like any dedicated community, Elite: Dangerous players have already encrypted the probe’s pulse, making the below image, that one Redditor has compared to the Voyager’s Golden Record.
Apart from looking colourful and retro, the decoded pulse seems to reveal a planet-shaped object - what exactly that means is hard to say, but Elite players have pointed their speculation straight at the Thargoids.
If it is the Thargoids, they should watch out, as the alien race is considered highly hostile, relentless killing machines - so be careful what you wish for.