A timeline was a chronological list of events that occurred within a certain period of time or century. In regards to the Dead Space Franchise and the Real-World, several events within the given universe occurred and gave credence to the primary events that transpired in the primary Dead Space games. The following page served as both a general order of events and a disambiguation page for all of the events relating to Dead Space. As with all transmedia, conflicts and discrepancies in the canon may arise as a result of developer oversight.
Michael Altman was assassinated by the agents that are enthralled by the Marker. He became an unwitting martyr for the fledgling Church of Unitology which eventually grew to become the single largest religion in human space. The riots broke out in reaction to his death.
The Sovereign Colonies researchers successfully reverse-engineered the Black Marker. The result was a series of near-perfect replicas that are dubbed The Red Markers. They are believed to be a source of limitless power and a solution to the resource crisis that was plaguing mankind. They are also a hope for defeating the Secessionists in the Secession Wars that raged on.
The Red Markers with their research teams are covertly deployed together to the isolated worlds including Proxima Centauri, Gliese 581 and Aegis VII to test them.
The Red Markers are activated for the first time.
The researchers created the first recombinant microbial life form from the DNA instructions on the Red Marker.
The dormancy-inducing influence of the Red Marker was discovered.
The necrotic recombinant human-origin forms first appeared. The Red Marker Pedestal was created and fired. The research team was killed, but the recombinant organisms are forced into dormancy.
The incident led to the discovery of a Master Signal that was received by the Red Markers.
The three Markers are used in conjunction with the Ptolemy Station Marker array to locate the “Master Signal” by tracking it to a remote and frozen planet.
The Alien life forms are found on the surface of the planet. Doctor Earl Serrano spearheaded the research dig teams' efforts to unearth the alien artifacts and the Markers. "Rosetta" was discovered, leading to the breakthroughs in understanding the Markers and the aliens themselves.
The prolonged exposure to the Markers began to effect the dig team personnel.[note 1]
The Markers that are transferred to the flotilla for research began to affect the SCAF personnel. They began exhibiting symptoms of dementia, headaches, sleeplessness and hallucinations.
Admiral Marjorie Graves was quarantined to her quarters on the orders of Gen. Spencer Mahad, following a deterioration of her mental state as the Markers tried to use her to shut the Alien Machine off that was keeping the Moon dormant.
The Sovereign Colonies Council evaluated the accumulated research and evidence. They concluded that Tau Volantis was a Class 5 first contact scenario (Extinction-level threat to humanity). Scenario Five was put into effect.
June 18, 2314
General Mahad and his loyalists implemented Scenario Five at Tau Volantis. The science data and the artifacts that are gathered during the expedition are destroyed. The science staff was executed and all vehicles and spaceships are rendered inoperable. The mine-laying ship that was accompanying the flotilla released the space mines to deny access to Tau Volantis. Private Tim Caufman was asked by Earl Serrano to recover the Codex from the Mule transport that was shot down and deliver it to him. Caufman was intercepted by Mahad and executed. After wiping the Codex and ensuring the completion of Scenario Five, Mahad committed suicide.
All research and personnel that are related to the Sovereign Colonies' research into the Markers are destroyed. The extent of the purges effectively nullified the Colonies' ability to continue fighting in the Secession Wars which was considered an acceptable price for mankind's survival. The Sovereign Colonies collapsed, leading to the formation of an Earth-centric government called Earth Government Colonial Alliance.
↑These insulated suits are worn by a SCAF deep dig team assigned to exhume the darkest secrets of Tau Volantis. Whatever they found locked deep in the ice changed them forever. When they emerged weeks later, they are covered head to toe in strange graffiti and claimed to be “Witnesses to the Truth.”
↑Dead Space took place three years before the events of Dead Space 2.
↑The sixth emergency shuttle was destroyed by the Ishimura when it attempted to land.
↑There,it existed in two different scenarios regarding the Captain's death: In a video log recovered by Isaac Clarke, it appeared that Doctor T. Kyne deliberately stabbed a syringe into the Captain's eye and into his brain, killing him. In stark contrast, in Downfall, the Captain struggled free and lunged at Kyne and the syringe went into his eye. At this time, all of that is known is that Kyne killed the Captain.
↑At this time, it is unknown by what means why all of the emergency shuttles were launched.
↑Campbell: "The planet was Aegis VII. It was virtually destroyed in a mining accident three weeks ago."
↑Samplane123: DS2 took place in 2511, not 2510. See the video log 'Lights Out 2' in chapter 6. The video is time stamped 2/7/2511. Steve's reply on twitter was most likely a typo, the correct date of the first game being 2508.