The war for the galaxy and the human races very existence begins on September 26th in Elite Dangerous.

The latest patch for Elite Dangerous has been a long time coming but the wait is nearly over and things are about to kick off. Patch 2.4 is titled The Return which is very appropriate given it sees the reintroduction of the alien Thargoid race. This is the first time players have been able to fight the Thargoids since the original games back in the nineties.

Frontier had been leaving breadcrumbs and hinting at the Thargoids return for a fair few months now. These sent the Elite Dangerous community into overdrive, looking into every little detail they could to uncover their existence. After finding numerous alien like structures and destroyed human ships, the thargoids ships started appearing and scanning human vessels presented in a tense and eerie cutscene which announced their arrival but not their intentions.

A cinematic short accompanied the announcement which shows a fleet on their first engagement with a thargoid ship… safe to say it doesn’t go as planned.

“On launch day you’ll be interacting with the most mysterious and deadly things you’ve encountered in the Elite Dangerous galaxy – the Thargoids,” said Frontier.

“Elite Dangerous 2.4 The Return will then continue to roll out with interactive narrative-based content emerging over the coming months. We can’t wait to see how you fare against these potentially deadly adversaries on Tuesday 26 September.”

Dark times lie ahead for Elite Dangerous players but one thing’s for sure… humanity won’t go down without a fight if this community has anything to do with it.

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