Around half-a-year ago, players finally started to come across the long-teased aliens of Elite: Dangerous, after this astonishing first encounter with the frightening Thargoid species. It was an event that was reproducible, with a bit of persistence, and a pinch of luck, and the same is true of humanity's second encounter with the eerie Thargoids, which occurred recently. It's not clear who the very first player/players were to make second contact with the aliens, but one of the first was seemingly YouTuber Mass_Locked Mafia, who details how that encounter went down in the following video:
The encounter is triggered on planets, near alien structures, and if you're lucky/unlucky enough to find yourself staring up a Thargoid ship, here's what will happen: your ship will be disabled, and briefly commandeered, and the alien vessel will then proceed to hit the xeno-structure with a big wobbly line of energy. It'll then scan you a bit, and then eventually let you go. In the video, Mass_Locked Mafia breaks free and attempts to attack the Thargoid ship, but doesn't make a dent. The Thargoids aren't interested in a fight...yet.