An encounter in the original game was fast and brutal. You were lucky if you survived the experience. Thargoids ships were fast, heavily armed and deployed remote controlled ‘Thargons’ to supplement their fire power.
This is true. Once in a while, rarely, they’d pull you out of hyperspace, came at you and unless you were in a very high end ship, you were dead.
Now, that’s not super interesting gameplay TBH. Random chance you are killed by an overwhelmingly powerful enemy? Very old school gaming. I’m not hoping for a return to that, but I want the Thargoids in some way to reach out and affect us, shake up the status quo. Make us unsure of the future.
I think that was always the plan, but it’s just taking a while to come true.