Since 2015, Elite Dangerous players have felt some kind of alien presence hovering on the periphery of their space trucking adventures. Recently, things came to a head, with players making direct contact with Thargoid ships on multiple occasions. Where is this all going? I spoke with senior designer Sandy Sammarco…
Over the weekend, Elite: Dangerous’ years-long Formidine Rift mystery transformed from a pseudo-ARG into a full-blown event. A character named Salomé, carrying precious info, was set to traverse a treacherous route. Players could protect her ship or try to blow it up. A notorious troll decided to do both.
The Elite Dangerous community, no stranger to long-running and elaborate in-game mysteries, is currently in the midst of another, with players having followed some clues to find a massive ship that’s just drifting out there, alone in space, with nobody left alive onboard.
Elite: Dangerous’ latest update brings multi-crew, commander creation, and a whole lot more. Also, “new mysterious things added.” The best type of things are the mysterious type.
NASA had some big news this past week. No, it wasn’t aliens. It was the next best thing: the discovery of seven new “Earth-sized exoplanets,” a few of which could be hospitable to life. Now, it turns out that Elite: Dangerous actually predicted the existence of the TRAPPIST-1 star system where they’re located.
Last year, following the release of its 2.2 patch, Elite: Dangerous players started noticing something weird: some of the game’s planets, normally detailed and full of alien colour, had started looking a little more drab.
In video games, we’re used to being heroes, saving hapless innocents from villains, monsters, and their own demons. Sometimes, though, we need a hero to save us. Here are stories of players coming to each other’s rescue, not because they had to, but because they could.
After years of teases and winks and hints throughout the Elite: Dangerous universe, players are today reporting that they’ve finally made “first contact” with aliens in the game. And they are big.
Space exploration game Elite: Dangerous will add Fisher’s Rest, a memorial outpost to Carrie Fisher, in its 2.3 update, according to a forum post by Executive Producer Michael Brookes. The Star Wars actress passed away at the age of 60 this week.
Elite: Dangerous warps to PlayStation 4 in 2017. Slated for a second quarter release, the PS4 version of Frontier Developments’ popular space sim will come with all expansions to date, the Horizons season pass and additional control options that take advantage of the Dual Shock 4 touch pad.
Somewhere in Elite Dangerous’ gargantuan (and, some might say, dangerous) universe, there are aliens. Or there were. Nobody’s entirely sure yet. But players keep finding clues, and the latest discovery—or at least, the way it occurred—even shocked the game’s developers.
Two Elite: Dangerous players have managed to reach the top of the galaxy. “It is the very top,” said one, who goes by the name Dr Kaii. “There are no stars above at all.”
“This game deserves a better class of criminal,” a member of Elite: Dangerous’ player-run Smiling Dog Crew wrote in a plea for a nerf of the game’s heat weapons. “We hope to fix that with this operation,” they added, calling their plan “terrorism.” The plan’s name? Operation SpicyBois.
Elite: Dangerous will let players to roam planets in the Horizons update on December 15. It’s coming to PC first, but will arrive on the Xbox One down the line. The game’s coming to PS4 eventually, too. The expansion is pricey: $60 for new players (base game + expansion), $45 if you already own the game.
You might remember the mysterious alien items that had Elite: Dangerous players stumped earlier this year. Well, they recently made a major discovery.
Elite: Dangerous’ richest players are bored. PCGamesN has a great feature on what the space sim’s players do when they become ungodly rich. It’s revealing. “It got boring to do anything,” said space billionaire Andrew Jennings. “Once you get the best ship for whatever you’re doing, you didn’t need anything else.”
Hidden inside the massive world of Elite: Dangerous are curious items that nobody knows what to do with—and these items are inspiring an investigative frenzy.