With E3 on its way, Frontier had two live streams with a narrative based event that would be walked through by Community Manager Ed Lewis
It started June 12th with following bread crumbs to an unregistered comms beacon. The beacon was set to every hour repeat a message 3 times. The first message was a NATO Phonetic message of a system name of Pleiades Sector OI-T c3-7, once there Ed landed at Orcus Crag. There a message from Professor Ishmael Palin was received informing him of a hypothesis he needed to prove about the unknown ships which started a 24 hour Community Goal for Unknown ship scans and Unknown wake scans.
On June 13th with the second live stream, Ed received a message from Federal Security Agents. After tough talk of severe punishment, the Federals needed his help, the ship carrying the data logs that were intercepted on their way to Prof. Palin had gone dark. A single transmission made it out but it was fragmented and garbled. It described an attack and a location unclear. With the help of Elite's brightest they figured out that the location of the lost ships were in HIP 17044. Once there they flew to the second planet from the star and target the Asterope system and flew 11000LS in that direction. A distress call was found and once one dropped in on the signal they found them.
Not all was well, the ships were completely disabled, totaling 2 Farragut class battle cruisers, 5 Federal Corvettes, 7 Federal Dropships, 7 Federal Assault Ships and 15 F63 Condors. All scored with mysterious green substances. Among the carnage was a comms beacon like the one found in Pleiades Sector OI-T c3-7, half past the hour, it repeated a simple but haunting message, Tango-Hotel-Alpha-Romeo-Gulf-Oscar-India-Delta--Romeo-Echo-Tango-Uniform-Romeo-November.
Frontier has gone to say that 2.4 will heavily deal with narrative and interaction with the Thargoids especially. It will also be released over the course of months and segmented to fit the narrative. Still little is known in full detail but Frontier has stated that it is not to be disrespectful but they don't want to spoil what they have in store for us and given we are an extremely resourceful and smart community we would crack any subtlety they would use to tell us.
As for release time, it was said to be Q 3 of this year, which ranges from July to September. I personally predict late July or mid-August but only time will tell.
Fly Safe CMDRs and Keep Your Weapons Primed.