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Frontier News

Update 2.4: D-4

The highly anticipated update finally arrived this Tuesday, September 26, the Return of the Thargoids in Elite: Dangerous!

Some images and livestreams have been done this week, notably thanks to Sandro Sammarco, Steve Kirby and Edward Lewis who celebrated his 3 years-versary at Frontier Developments!

The developers are really looking forward to seeing how things will happen in-game between the community and their aliens, how we are going to react to these Thargoids who behave totally differently from humans, will we attack, try diplomatic approaches, what will the humanity think of this encounter and what will be the results from these years of rumours about an alien race? From the first day we should come face to face with the Thargoids, then everything will unfold gradually in a 1:1 scale universe; That is, events and actions will take their time, as in real life. How are you going to deal with the aliens?

Two first new modules were unveiled, it would be a kind of electromagnetic anti-pulse so we aren’t disabled by the Thargoids ships anymore, but also torpedoes apparently concentrated in Ancient Relics from the Guardians sites.


Some details we gathered this week:

  • All interactions between Thargoids and Humanity have the potential to be peaceful. What you do when faced with a Thargoid may very well determine its outcome, though of course, we can’t know exactly what an alien will do.
  • They have nothing to announce regarding HUD customisation and they do not expect this to be available in the foreseeable future. The HUD colour is tied into many other visual aspects of the game making it difficult to amend without issue.
  • An official timeline is being prepared!
  • « Veliaze » is not in game. At some point in recent history, The Pilots Federation chose to reclassify the star system simply in the interest of aiding interstellar navigation. As such, many of you may have unknowingly visited the system, which is now named Epsilon Indi! The Thargoids have first been spotted in this system.
  • The pilots from the Cinematic are not part of Aegis themselves. They were contracted by the group to test experimental weaponry. That’s all we know about them I’m afraid!


Images from Isokix and Jurema

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Developers and Community

A dedicated space to Devs’ messages from the forums and social Medias.

Three questions will pop in our Quizz box each week, so you can learn more about Elite: Dangerous while having fun!

~ elite-dangerous-clean-orange-30x30 Recent communications elite-dangerous-clean-orange-30x30 ~

  • The developers and the community team continue to assist the Elite: Dangerous players, collect our feedbacks, and communicate with us regarding the next steps for the game. We heard some large improvements regarding the Engineers and the Exploration. On every lips: September 26 October 2.4 & 7 October Frontier Expo

~ elite-dangerous-clean-orange-30x30 Weekly Quizz elite-dangerous-clean-orange-30x30 ~

  • When were the Thargoids detected for the first time ever? 2850, on Veliaze
  • In the Lore Thargoids/Humans, who is supposed to have opened fire first? The Humans, fearing the Unknown
  • What is the name of the biological weapon developed by the group INRA to counter the Thargoids when we met them for the first time (and after many wars)? Mycoid


  • Where can we find the « Ancient Orbs »?

    • The Thargoids Sites
    • The Evil Siths
    • The Guardians Sites
    • The Dancing Sikhs
  • What is the name of the possible incoming ship?

    • The Tipi Defender
    • The Pastis Enabler
    • The Soccer Mom’s Adder
    • The Type 10 Defender
  • Who is the Expert Engineer in Explosives, currently working on experimental missiles?

    • Liz Ryder
    • Batman
    • Till Lindemann
    • Zemina Torval

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Powerplay and Lore

Powerplay is an ongoing battle for interstellar conquest and control. Players can choose a Power, help guide their strategy, and take on special objectives to advance their shared cause. Player choices and actions have a direct and visible impact on the balance of galactic power.

  • edmund-mahon Edmund Mahon =
  • a-lavigny-duval Arissa Lavigny-Duval =
  • aisling-duval Aisling Duval =
  • zachary-hudson Zachary Hudson +1
  • li-yong-rui Li Yong-Rui +2
  • felicia-winters Felicia Winters -2
  • zemina-torval Zemina Torval -1
  • pranav-antal Pranav Antal 1
  • denton-patreus Denton Patreus +1
  • yuri-grom Yuri Grom =
  • archon-delaine Archon Delaine =





Cycle 120. Currently cycle 121.



◘ 21 september – Following news that the Thargoids have attacked a Federal convoy in the Pleiades Sector IR-W d1-55 system, Aegis has recruited two of the galaxy’s foremost independent engineers to immediately begin developing new defensive and offensive technologies.

One of these engineers is Liz Ryder, a specialist in explosive weaponry, who spoke to The Federal Times about her involvement:

“It’s not about penetrating the Thargoids’ shields – we’ve been blowing each other up for centuries so we’ve gotten pretty good at dealing punishment – it’s about creating weapons that are specifically calibrated to damage Thargoid hardware.”

Ryder was asked if she thought it was too late to avert all-out conflict with the Thargoids:

“That’s a question for the politicians. My job is to design weapons. And if someone – or something – shoots at you, you’ve got two choices: run away or shoot back. At the moment, the first of those is our only option. It would be nice to have a second.”

Professor Ishmael Palin, a leading authority on xenobiology, has also been recruited to the programme. He said:

“My first task will be developing a scanner that can provide us with meaningful data on the Thargoids’ ships. Of course, to properly calibrate these new technologies we will need large quantities of Thargoid material.”

◘ 21 september – A spokesperson for Aegis, the joint-superpower initiative established to coordinate research into the Thargoids, has confirmed that the organisation is to widen its remit.The development is understood to be a response to the recent Thargoid attack against Federal ships in the Pleiades Sector IR-W D1-55 system.

In a statement, the spokesperson said:

“Aegis has received sanctions from the leaders of all three superpowers to focus not only research, but also on defence. This reflects a belief that Aegis, which includes some of the galaxy’s foremost experts on non-human life, is best positioned to coordinate such efforts. We understand that some will lament this development, but the decision was arrived at only after careful consideration, and all parties have agreed on its necessity. Rest assured that our research initiatives will continue.”

It is understood that the organisation’s budget has been dramatically increased.

◘ 21 september – Following news that a Federal convoy has been destroyed by Thargoid vessels in the Pleiades Sector IR-W D1-55 system, Lieutenant Jarah Kael of the Federal Navy has addressed rumours that the Thargoids may have attacked in self defence.

“There has been speculation that the Thargoid attack was an act of self preservation. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is true that Thargoid vessels typically scan human craft rather than attack, so I can understand how this misconception has taken root, but I can assure you it is baseless. Data recovered from IR-W D1-55, including the black box from the Farragut-class Battlecruiser, proves beyond a doubt that the attack was initiated by the Thargoids. To suggest otherwise dishonours the memory of those who lost their lives in this tragedy.”

A spokesperson for Aegis, which is coordinating research into the Thargoids, confirmed the veracity of Lieutenant Kael’s statement:

“We have been analysing the data from the attack site in an effort to understand the Thargoids’ motives and military capabilities. While I cannot yet reveal the results of that analysis, I can confirm that the convoy was attacked without provocation by multiple Thargoid vessels.”

Galnet News

The Powers on Reddit

Check out the Powers on Reddit, take part in the strategies and help your Power reach #1!


Edmund Mahon


Felicia Winters // Zachary Hudson


Arissa Lavigny-Duval // Aisling Duval // Zemina Torval // Denton Patreus


Archon Delaine // Li Yong-Rui // Pranav Antal

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Community Goals

Community Goals allow the community to work together on an ongoing project within a system. Fight, trade, smuggle, explore and help the factions and super powers to achieve their goals. There is no good or bad CG, write your & Elite’s stories while earning credits!

◘ Engineers Appeal for Thargoid Material – Professor Palin (Transport)

  • Location: Obsidian Orbital | Maia
  • Objective: Deliver Unknown Technology Samples, Unknown Resin, Computer Components and Resonating
  • Rewards: Credits
  • Progress: 2/8
  • Until: 21 September
  • Description: Aegis Research has promised to reimburse Commanders who deliver unknown technology samples, unknown resin, computer components and resonating separators to Obsidian Orbital in the Maia system for Ishmael Palin.

◘ Engineers Appeal for Thargoid Material – Liz Ryder (Transport)

  • Location: Awyra Flirble | Eurybia
  • Objective: Deliver Unknown Technology Samples, Unknown Biological Matter, Ancient Relics and Explosives
  • Rewards: Credits
  • Progress: 2/8
  • Until: 21 September
  • Description: Aegis has placed an open order for a range of Thargoid materials for use in the programme. Aegis Core has pledged to reward pilots who deliver unknown technology samples, unknown biological matter, ancient relics and explosives to Awyra Flirble in the Eurybia system for Liz Ryder.

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Pics of the Week

The community never ceases to impress me! Don’t hesitate to send us your images via Twitter, Discord or in comments.


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Videos of the Week

CaptainSkoomer published his episode 10 « Strange Worlds – Lethal Miracles »

NazToR found the Megaship Lazarus, orbiting around Virdnir 6. The latter apparently got ripped from hyperspace and then disabled while the population aboard would die slowly. Some have tried to live on a planet earth-like nearby.

The Thargoids Ships are cone-shape when they enter hyperspace

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