What if they aren’t Thargoids?

The Thargoids are here! Or are they?

By now most commanders know about the strange, flower-like, glowing, rattling, alien vessels that pull us out of hyperspace around the Pleiades Sector, scan our ships (or whatever it is they’re doing with that weird yellow flash of light) then just jump out and leave an Unknown Wake which we’re unable to follow (yet?).

Alien Ship

Obviously, most commanders will automatically assume they’re the famous Thargoids. We’ve been waiting for this to happen for a long time now, and they’re finally here. But the question is… are they really Thargoids? I mean, yes, they do pull you out of hyperspace, which is something they used to do in previous games, but that’s about it. Everything else just doesn’t fit the description… what we used to know about them. Let’s check the wiki.

  • [Thargoids] are very hostile and aggressive and have not been interested in diplomatic relations to date.

Well I’m sorry, but scanning and hyperspacing out just doesn’t seem so aggressive to me… On the contrary, if you ask me, I think these alien vessels are simply looking for something. What exactly, I don’t know.

  • Thargoid relations with other races is frighteningly simple: war. The three largest organisations in the Galaxy are all at war with the Thargoid race, and they are constantly under threat of planetary invasion.

Again, reading this and remembering the old games, I can’t imagine a Thargoid ship just “getting close for a scan” then hyperspacing. I mean… come on… Even IF they’re actually Thargoids, something must have happened since last we saw them. It seems to me like a rather radical change in behaviour. Even if that’s the case…

  • David Braben hinted that should peace have ever been found with Thargoids, it would be a temporary measure.

… which actually means it’s going to happen sooner or later. They’ll start hunting us. Maybe these are just scouts sent to check on our current technology. But they’ll come. I’m almost sure of it.

Also, remember how they used to look in ALL previous Elite games? Let me remind you.


There are similarities, yes. They used to look like an Octagon, meaning they had 8 faces, now they have 8… tentacles or whatever they are. But they look very organic, unlike the old ones. I know, technology didn’t allow for better graphics back then, but still…

Well, that’s all I have. I think they’ll prove to be Thargoids in the end, but I still say something’s not right. I know there are 2 sides right now. There are those who just want blood and will attack alien ships on sight. And there are those like me, who would first like to know more about who they are and what they want from us. What does everyone else think about this?