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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.


The Dead Space lore brielfy sorted with all of the key characters for every story. See full size image for details.

65 million years ago[]

  • A meteorite from somewhere in space hit Earth, killing the dinosaurs and almost everything on the planet.
  • The Black Marker was exposed from the meteorite and was resting in the depths of the Gulf of Mexico.

2 million[1] years ago[]




  • March 15: 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.[6]


  • The events of Catalyst take place.
  • 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.[8]
  • The Red Markers with their research teams are covertly deployed together to the isolated worlds including Aspera, Kreemar and Aegis VII to test them.[5]
  • The Red Markers are activated for the first time.[8]
  • The researchers created the first recombinant microbial life form from the DNA instructions on the Red Marker.[8]
  • The dormancy-inducing influence of the Red Marker was discovered.[8]
  • 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.[8]


  • The previous incidents led to the discovery of a Master Signal that was received by the Red Markers.[9]
  • Three new Markers are built and used via the Ptolemy Station Marker array to locate the “Master Signal” by tracking it to a remote and frozen planet.[10][9]
  • The Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces Galactic Expedition to Tau Volantis was launched.[11] The hope is to find more Markers that could aid in defeating the Secessionists in the Secession Wars that raged on.[12]
  • 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.[13]
  • The prolonged exposure to the Markers began to affect the dig team personnel.[14][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.[15][16][17][18]


  • 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.[19][20][2][21]
  • June 18: General Mahad and his loyalists complete the implementation of 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.[22]
  • 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.[23]








  • Wanat Disaster: Three supply ships, one planet-cracker and a CEC colony are lost to gravity tether failure.


  • The CEC illegally enters the Aegis Cluster, scanning planets for cracking. Aegis VII is found to have extremely valuable mineral deposits. CEC proceeds with constructing a colony in preparation for planet cracking.


  • The CEC personnel began preparing Aegis VII for planet crack.

2508[note 2][]

  • 1-2 months Prior to Dead Space: CEC personnel rediscovered the Red Marker on Aegis VII.[26] Its existence reaches both the leadership of the CEC and the Church of Unitology. [26] CEC dispatches the USG Ishimura to Aegis VII.[26]
  • Insomnia cases drastically increased among the Aegis VII Colony personnel.[7][26]
  • 4 weeks prior
  • The Aegis VII Colony experiences increasing cases of insomnia and dementia.[7] Colony Management refuses to take increasing violence seriously, even as the first insomnia-related homicide occurs.[7]
  • 2 weeks prior
  • The Red Marker is extracted from it's amplification pedestal and brought inside the Aegis VII Colony.[27] Fifty Unitologists kill themselves in the Union Square Mass Suicide.[7][27]
  • Several colony personnel and extraction team members are slain by an engineer experiencing extreme hallucinations.[27]

Dead Space: Extraction began.

  • 1 week prior: The USG Ishimura arrives above Aegis VII.[7][26] The Red Marker is immediately taken aboard the Ishimura.[28][7][26]
  • Captain Benjamin Mathius issues a no-fly order, denying travel between the Ishimura and Aegis VII.[28][7][26] The CEC personnel aboard the Ishimura begin experiencing insomnia, depression and dementia.[26]
  • 2 days prior: The USG Ishimura commences the Aegis VII planet crack.[7][26] Significant interference jams communications between the Ishimura and the Aegis VII Colony.[7][26][25] The colony comes under attack from necromorphs originating from dead colonists.[7][25][29]
  • The Aegis VII Colony Shuttleport Disaster destroyed five of the six emergency shuttles on the ground and killed numerous colonists.[25][7][note 3]
  • Almost all of the CEC personnel on Aegis VII are killed. The necrotic recombinant organism was brought on board the Ishimura.[7][26][25][29]
  • The USG Ishimura is compromised as the organism multiplies and spreads quickly throughout the ship.[26][30][31]
  • The Ishimura Captain dies in a botched arrest attempt. [32][26][26][31][note 4] All of the emergency shuttles are mysteriously launched with no one on board.[26]
  • All of the decks of the USG Ishimura are compromised. Some sections remain isolated. The majority of the ship's personnel are dead.
Dead Space

Dead Space: Downfall and Dead Space: Extraction end. Dead Space begins.

3 weeks[note 5] after Dead Space



Prior to Dead Space 2

  • February 7: Unitologists sabotage the Government Sector on Titan Station, enabling the Necromorphs to spread to the Titan Mines and beginning the events of Dead Space (Mobile).[38] They trick a fellow member named Karrie Norton into opening the crossover tubes, allowing the Necromorphs to flood into Titan Station's Public Sector.
Dead Space (Mobile) ends. Dead Space: Ignition, Dead Space 2: Severed, and Dead Space 2 begin.[note 6][39]

Dead Space 2

Dead Space 2: Severed ends.


Dead Space 3 begins
  • USM Eudora reaches Tau Volantis and is destroyed by the SCAF space mines still active after two centuries. Survivors, including Clarke and Carver, regroup at CMS Roanoke and eventually acquire the CMS Crozier. Believing that the planet is the Marker homeworld, they attempt to reach the planet's surface, rather than evacuate, and are scattered on landing. Followed by Jacob Danik, who was contacted by Norton in a desperate attempt to secure passage off-world, the team is reduced to Ellie, Isaac, and Carver by the time they reach the SCAF science complex. After reconstructing the Codex and apparently losing Ellie, Isaac and Carver pursue Danik into the buried alien city, to stop him from deactivating the machine and restarting the Tau Volantis convergence. After a confrontation at the top of the alien machine, the Brother Moon successfully awakens and is defeated in a desperate battle in space by Isaac and Carver.
Dead Space 3: Awakened begins
  • Isaac Clarke and John Carver, seemingly doomed to die after defeating the Moon in orbit and sent falling down towards the planet, wake up on its surface after mysteriously surviving. Rallying together, they pursue the evacuating Unitologists under Randall Carr to the CMS Terra Nova. Manipulated against one another by the awakened Brethren Moons, they lose valuable time fighting each other and miss the chance to warn Earth. They successfully jury rig the mass driver to use a modern ShockPoint drive and return to Earth, only to find it under attack by the Brethren Moons.


  1. 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.”
  2. Dead Space took place three years before the events of Dead Space 2.
  3. The sixth emergency shuttle was destroyed by the Ishimura when it attempted to land.
  4. There are two different scenarios regarding the Captain's death: In a video log recovered by Isaac Clarke, it appears that Doctor T. Kyne deliberately stabbed a syringe into the Captain's eye and into his brain, killing him. 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.
  5. Campbell: "The planet was Aegis VII. It was virtually destroyed in a mining accident three weeks ago."
  6. 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.


  1. Dead Space 3: Chapter 10: Now We Know: Alien Artifact 02
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Dead Space 3: Chapter 14: Everything Has Its Place Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "DS314" defined multiple times with different content
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dead Space 3: Chapter 1: Rude Awakening Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "DS31" defined multiple times with different content
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dead Space: Martyr
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dead Space 3, Chapter 4: History's Ember, CAG Briefing
  6. 6.0 6.1 Dead Space: Unitology Exposed
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 Dead Space (Comics)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Dead Space: The Red Marker
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Dead Space: Liberation
  10. Dead Space 3: Chapter 14: Everything Has Its Place: S.C.A.F. Artifact 16
  11. Dead Space 3: Chapter 3: The Roanoke: S.C.A.F. Artifact 02
  12. Log:A Desperate Mission
  13. Dead Space 3: Chapter 14: Everything Has Its Place: S.C.A.F. Artifact 15
  14. Press Release: EA Forecasts the World's Deadliest Winter When Dead Space 3 Releases on February 5, 2013
  15. Dead Space 3: Chapter 5: Expect Delays
  16. S.C.A.F. Artifact 05
  17. S.C.A.F. Artifact 06
  18. S.C.A.F. Artifact 07
  19. Dead Space 3: Chapter 11: Signal Hunting
  20. YouTube: Dead Space 3: Scenario Five
  21. YouTube: Dead Space 3: Reaper Barracks Mission | Brainwashing video
  22. Dead Space 3: Prologue: Beginnings
  23. Log:Last Contact
  24. Dead Space: The USG Ishimura
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 Dead Space: Extraction: Chapter 2: Another Day At The Office
  26. 26.00 26.01 26.02 26.03 26.04 26.05 26.06 26.07 26.08 26.09 26.10 26.11 26.12 26.13 26.14 26.15 Dead Space: Downfall
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Dead Space: Extraction: Chapter 1: Worlds Apart
  28. 28.0 28.1 Dead Space
  29. 29.0 29.1 Dead Space: Extraction: Chapter 3: Return To The Megavents
  30. Dead Space: Extraction: Chapter 4: Rendezvous With Fate
  31. 31.0 31.1 Dead Space: Extraction: Chapter 5: Emergency Care
  32. Dead Space: Captain's Demise
  33. Dead Space: Chapter 1: New Arrivals
  34. Dead Space: Extraction: Chapter 10: Secrets And Salvation
  35. Amazon: Aftermath Plot
  36. YouTube: Agents of EarthGov Audio Log
  37. Dead Space: Aftermath
  38. Dead Space 2: Chapter 5: Cold and Cryptic
  39. Screenshot from the Lights Out 2 Video Log
  40. 40.0 40.1 Dead Space 2: Chapter 14: Marker Access and a New Threat
  41. Dead Space 3: Chapter 2: On Your Own
  42. Dead Space 3: Chapter 2: On Your Own: Log:EarthGov Artifact 02