Elite Dangerous 2.4 The Return brings back the Thargoids in Q3 2017

Elite Dangerous 2.4 The Return brings back the Thargoids in Q3 2017

The Thargoid menace will return to Elite in Elite Dangerous’ 2.4 update, dubbed The Return. Frontier’s full announcement includes a release window of Q3 2017 (so, July-September).

The Return will put all Elite Dangerous pilots (well, those that own Horizons anyway) in direct contact with the insectoid alien race. They’re an unknown quantity in the universe, so players will have to “discover new ways to fight, work together, and defend against their new types of weaponry and armour.” Thargoids, of course, appeared in the original Elite back in 1984, lurking in Witch-space.

This release will play out a little differently to prior Horizons updates, as it’ll be based around specific “story beats” which will come at intervals following its initial launch. There will be more reveals leading up to release, but as it’s going to be a story-based affair Frontier don’t want to spoil too much.

Here’s David Braben talking about Thargoids in Elite Dangerous, and the concept of meeting alien cultures in general.

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  • Comments: 4
    • Adept

      Neat. Too bad the design team relies so heavily on soulless RNG mechanics, and cheating is rampant :/

    • vander

      This has been rumored so long time already that it didn’t feel any big news anymore. I hoped them to tell what we can expect in season 3 but unfortunately they didn’t say one word about that.
      Hopefully ‘The Return’ includes an interesting story instead of just more tedious grinding.

      • Adept

        I don’t know how “story” can help the game. I’m a writer myself, and appreciate a good story… but. Elite stands or falls on the gameplay, and they are failing to deliver on that. Engineers has made the balance a whole lot worse, and heightened the barrier to entry.

        • vander

          If I understood right The Return will not include any major gameplay changes so I hope there would be at least some interesting story to follow this time. If it is all about fighting about Thargoids in specific conflict zones and grinding better weapons and other equipments (RNG) I’m not bothered to give it even a try.

          Unfortunately Elite is not for me as its current point. I’m much more interested to play SC, X-series and HELLION instead.