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How The World Ends: Enslaved Backstory Timeline

by Ben Reeves on Sep 15, 2010 at 06:30 AM

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Want to know how much work goes into shaping a video game’s story? Before Ninja Theory even began working on it’s new action title Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, it spent weeks building up the fiction within its universe. Enslaved takes place in a future reality that has seen incredible advances in cybernetics, two more World Wars, and the near extinction of the human race. Ninja Theory was kind enough to share its timeline of events leading up to Enslaved, which the team put together before the game even existed.

Eco Movement (2010-2042)
2017: Black Tuesday
The world economy suffers as the stock markets crash due to looming food production crisis.

2026: Climate Disaster
Climate change comes to a head when crop production fails to meet demand due to global warming and rising sea levels. Bio fuels exacerbate crop problems and political unrest begins between many countries.

2032: The Great Famine
The world suffers from lack of food stocks. This results in the great famine, which affects third world countries in particular.

World War III Timeline (2035 – 2076)
2035: World War III Begins
NATO forces join the growing middle east conflict to attempt to ease the situation. This sparks a global war.

2040: Biological Warfare
Poorer countries resort to biological warfare to counter increasing technological production. The world’s population is massacred, resulting in a seventy five percent drop.

2042: Asian War Begins
Asian nations fight amongst themselves in an effort to seize valuable arable land.

2042: New York Evacuated
Due to threats of chemical attack, New York is evacuated. However, many refuse to leave their homes.

2052: War Escalates
Remaining Asian countries and Russia are dragged into the conflict, forming three opposing sides.

2053: San Francisco Destroyed
San Francisco is obliterated by an attack from Asia.

2076: Peace Treaty Signed
The major superpowers sign a treaty ushering in an era of peace.

Roboticism Movement (2042-2090)
2065: Robots Introduced
An arms race results in many countries producing armies of robot warriors.

2066: Reign of the Titans
Titan and leviathan class robots are introduced.

2070: Gene Therapy
Rich nations such as China, U.S.A., and many European countries develop genetic immunities to bio weaponry. This leads to the genetic enhancement of humans.

2078: The Great Floods
Over-depletion of oil and other resources in Canada causes a huge collapse. Oceans flood much of Canada and the central United States.

2082: New Energy Cells
China discovers new energy cells which enables new super efficient machines. This results in the construction of more efficient robots.

2089: The 2nd Generation
Second generation titans and leviathans are commissioned. These are more effective than their forbearers.

World War IV (2085-2110)
2085: World War IV Starts
In a rush to grab the new energy resource, the world targets Asia. World War IV commences.

2095: Beasts Manufactured
Self-sufficient robot factories begin designing and building robots based on biological creatures. The result are beasts -- destructive machines modeled after predatory animals.

2103: Ecological Disaster
Robots use all means necessary to win the war (i.e. nuclear weapons). The human population is virtually wiped out.

2110: Battle of the Great Plains
The world war is effectively over when most titans perish in the Battle of the Great Plains, as East meets West.

Tribalism (2110-2130)
2112: Rise of the Tribes
Human tribes begin to swell in numbers. Led by powerful warlords, they fight for control of particular territories.

2115: Pyramid
Rumors start to circulate of a mysterious Pyramid that swallows whole bands of people.

2128: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Monkey and Trip get captured by a giant flying slave ship that is headed west.