The Thargoids, an alien species in the Elite: Dangerous universe, first appeared in the game almost a year ago. This first contact event surprised players, who were given no real warning that they would be coming over to their galaxy. The situations was tense but this quickly turned to intrigue when meetings between the alien ships and players were seemingly peaceful.
That is no longer the case. Thargoids ships have suddenly become hostile to players and will engage them in combat if they come within a certain range. What exactly has triggered this shift in behaviour is not known but a recent update to the game may have been responsible. Unfortunately, it seems like there isn’t much that can be done to fight the Thargoids at present as their ships are just too powerful. – with encounters between one Thargoid ship and almost two dozen players ending in almost complete destruction for the humans.
Whether this is the precursor to an all-out war with the alien species or just a misunderstanding will probably not become clear for some time. The developers behind Elite: Dangerous have been famously patient in releasing new content and expanding the game world. It is likely that this new development will play out over the next few months as players slowly build up their knowledge of the Thargoids and what their plans are.