Since the game's launch in 2014, players of Frontier Development's Elite: Dangerous have wondered if there was alien life in the game. As a part of the game's endless space, there were hopes that some life outside of humanity lurked on the fringes. There were hints that aliens once roamed the digital universe in the form of cryptic hints and abandoned ruins, but some didn't think those aliens existed anymore.
Today, an Xbox One player known as DP Sayre ran into the functioning version of those alien ruins. In the video, you can see a malfunction throwing Sayre's ship out a hyperspace jump and they find themselves floating dead in space. As attack warnings blare, Sayre looks up to see a live alien object. In a tense situation, the vessel scans Sayre's ship and then departs, at which point their ship comes back to life. Sayre turns to give chase, but the alien ship jumps into hyperspace.
Some thought perhaps the video was faked, but the official Elite: Dangerous Twitter account seemingly confirmed that they're real.
In Elite: Dangerous' lore, the aliens are called the Thargoid, a warfaring insectoid race that live on the edges of the known universe in an area called witchspace. The Thargoid technology is far beyond the GalCop technology that's at the player's disposal, as noted by the ability to pull Sayre right out of hyperspace. (In game, only a a depletion of fuel or a star's gravity can do that.)
According to Rock, Paper, Shotgun, players have been looking for the Thargoids for years, following alien probes, hidden maps, and alien structures called "barnacles". Many of the nerer hints came in mid-2016, with speculation that all the clues were building up to an alien-based expansion for Elite: Dangerous. Given the close encounter, that's a likely scenario.