Since story in GZ is presented piece by piece and without chronological order, it makes understanding a whole story difficult.
So, to understand the whole story, I’ve collected the dated story pieces from the original GZ and from the two DLCs as well: Alpine Unrest and FNIX Rising and ordered the pieces in the chronological order.
Fredrik Holberg - Director of FOA.
Svante von Ulmer - Lead researcher in FOA.
Ingrid Granqvist - Researcher in FOA.
Veronika Nilsson - Computer engineer in FOA.
Hakan Pettersson - Lead surgeon in FOA.
Anita Sjögren - Travel agent and tourist guide.
Elsa Khorsandi - Certified pilot of the Vraken fighter.
Benny Malmqvist - One of the founders and lead singer of Barb Rose band.
Uncle Calle - Farmer. Biggest conspiracy theorist in Östertön.
Old Bodil - Prepper. Good firend of Calle and co-conspirator.
Freddie - Belowed nefew of Calle.
- August 2nd, 1931 - Ulmer
- July 26th, 1932 - Ingrid
June 30th, 1938 - Benny
September 2nd, 1938 - Holberg
- October 8th, 1950 - Anita
- 1956 - Benny
Moves to Stockholm.
- 1959 - Benny
Younger brrother, Lars, joins him in his Stockholm apartment.
1961 - Benny
With his younger brother, Barb Rose band was founded.
1961 - Ulmer
Ulmer met Ingrid at a symposium. They soon become very close friends and started working on research together.
- May 23rd, 1965 - Elsa
- January 1st, 1966 - Veronika
- 1967 - Benny
Barb Rose had a breakthrough with first major gigs in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Bremen (Germany).
1968 - Elsa
Moved to Sweden with her family.
1968 - Benny
Barb Rose signed three-album deal with major label.
- May 23rd, 1969 - Benny
Benny’s letter to his father.
- Unknown date - Holberg
Holberg sincerely believes that the combat machines controlled by bunker-stationed pilots is better idea to protect the country and people against hostile powers rather than producing (current?) weapons. Regarding the future of FOA4, Holberg produces his idea to his superior and thinks that the Supreme Commander of Swedish Armed Forces would deem FOA4 necessary.
December 10th, 1970 - Ulmer & Ingrid
Dr. Svante von Ulmer and Dr. Ingrid Granqvist won the Nobel Price in Physiology or Medicine for their breakthrough discoveries on neurotransmitters.
1970 - Ulmer & Ingrid
They both resigned from their positions of professors at the University of Stockholm. They both started working with FOA.
Since 1971 - Holberg
High ranking officer at FOA.
February, 1971 - Ulmer
Holberg contacts Ulmer again for working on the research project of brain-computer interfaces by providing all the technology and money needed for it. Ulmer finds great scientific advances in this, mainly when curing illnesses.
April 27th, 1971 - Ulmer
Holberg congratulates Ulmer for accepting his offer to work on the project and he is to work under FOA.
1971 - Ulmer
Assigned to create and lead a newly created department at FOA.
1971 - Ingrid
Assigned to a newly created department at FOA.
- 1972 - Benny
Barb Rose achieved moderate critical and commercial success.
March 25th, 1977 - Ulmer
Breakthrough in brain-machine interface research. Discovery of single-celled prokaryotic organism, named: “Protozoan” by Ingrid.
1977 - Elsa
Expelled from junior high school due to unacceptable behavior.
- June 5th, 1978 - Ulmer
Test subject had neurological seizure due to the cytokine release and died. Cytokine release isn’t preventable, only delayable, ruling out any form of human application.
Unknown, possibly in 1979 - Sverdlovsk incident
(April 2nd, 1979 - Sverdlovsk anthrax leak: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sverdlovsk_anthrax_leak)
Unknown, possibly in 1979 - Holberg
Briefing of Sverdlovsk incident by USL. ÖB asked for action plan. Holberg said that he (ÖB director?) gets more than he asked for. Holberg requests Göransson at FOA1 to present the fuel cell.
Early 1980’s - Holberg
Holberg speaking: Funding approved, we initiate immediately, position will be right here at Östertön, synergies with FOA strong, Muskudden will be perfect for logistics and they chose the most inconspicuous name: “Accounting Office East”.
1980 - Benny
At the peak of it’s glory, Barb Rose suddenly broke up.
November 19th, 1980 - Supreme Commander
Direct order to shut down FOA4. Any findings at FOA4 may be applied to all existing military equipment. This applies to all sections and departments, with no exceptions.
1981 - Elsa
Drops out of high school, starts working odd jobs.
1981 - Calle
Newspaper article about: “Whiskey on the rocks”.
August 5th, 1981 - Ulmer
Ulmer met Holberg in his house. Ulmer learns of “Accounting Office East” or “RÖ” and their work in prototyping unmanned military machinery, in the event of biological or chemical weapons being used. (Ulmer thinks to himself that the whole Sverdlosk affair didn’t help matters.)
Holberg called the combat machines as “SM program”. Ulmer is to co-operate with RÖ to find a way to integrate his neural links to the machines. This way, a bunker-stationed pilot could control one of these machines without interface.
(Ulmer feels a bit manipulated. While he knew they’d want to use his research for military porposes, he always assumed it was for intelligence, counter-espionage, not for actual weapons.)
- 1983 - Elsa
Enrolls in the Swedish Air Force.
1980-1984 - Benny
Harrassed by tabloids and series of scandals due to his excessive lifestyle.
1984 - Ulmer
1985 - Ulmer
Multiple blood transfusions, possible point of HIV infection.
1985 - Veronika
Graduated from University in Computer Engineering.
1985 - Ulmer
Both of his parents die in close succession.
February 26th, 1986 - Olof Palme
Assassination of The Prime Minister of Sweden. Incident caused national shock and gave a rise to a number of conspiracy theories.
1986 - Ulmer
Hired a new computer engineer at FOA: Veronika Nilsson.
1986 - Benny
Reunion of Barb Rose and short-lived comeback.
March, 1987 - Ulmer
Diagnosis of AIDS.
June, 1987 - Elsa
Obtains her certification as a Vraken in Stockholm.
July, 1987 - Elsa
Gets assigned to the F23 Överby Air Base, in Östertörn.
since 1989 - Holberg
Head of FOA. Directly answers to Supreme Commander.
spring of 1989 - Calle
Calle and Bodil found an empty FOA2 file near Norrmyra military base. Calle and Bodil saw it as conformation of their theory: FOA had been conspiring with an alien species to develop deadly weapons.
Also, for them, it wasn’t much of a leap to establish a connection between “FOA 35” and older mysterious events, such as: Roswell, Area 51 and Tunguska. It had to be the “alien colonists”.
April-May, 1989 - Ingrid
Took a sick leave due to burning out.
May 27th, 1989 - Accounting Office East
Shipping manifest of hazardous contents to Nyhamnen, Östervik, Warehouse 4.
June 23rd, 1989 - Viktoria Olsson
Jorunal entry: description of typical midsummer weather.
July 3rd, 1989 - Ulmer
Ulmer thinks that his poor health status is enough to stop cytokine release. Human application would be much greater leap in research then the rats and monkeys they have used so far.
August, 1989 - Ljuset Commune
Newspaper article about a local commune declining slowly.
October 17th, 1989 - Kenneth Larsson
Personal letter to his uncle, Sven Granqvist.
October 18th, 1989 - Monika Byström
Newspaper article about the claims of Monika Byström, where she says to have possession of several shipping manifests between IGA and readiness storage in Hammarstöten, Himfjäll.
October 20th, 1989 - Ulmer
Dr. Hakan Pettersson performed a surgery with Ingrid on Ulmer, as per request of Ulmer and Ingrid. Surgery was success and Ingrid, alongside Veronika were keeping an eye on Ulmer’s brain, through the EEG prototype. Neurologically, everything was in order. Ulmer was monitored 24/7 to prevent his condition from worsening, while ensuring not to trigger a cytokine storm.
late October, 1989 - Veronika
Weird electricity surges, kidnappings of people (based on Veronika’s observations).
October 30th, 1989 - Viktoria Olsson
Jorunal entry: description of a blackout of whole Himfjäll island at once, lasted only for a few minutes.
between November 3rd and 7th, 1989 - Holberg
Decrypted communication from Holberg to convoy G01, code name CCP-974: “Confirm position. Last confirmed checkpoint was 23:48 hours. Confirm status of cargo and ETA.”
November 6th, 1989 - Ingrid
Resignation letter from position at FOA53. Written on November 6th, dated for November 7th.
Also describing initial success of the surgery, where they were able to start the digital dictionary of human electric and chemical neural transmissions.
However, as of date, 17 days later from unexplained incident, Ingrid believes that Ulmer has entered into vegetative state, with no hope of recovery, where only the life support is keeping Ulmer alive.
November 7th, 1989 - FOA
Wave of assassinations of 11 FOA personnel, including Ingrid and Hakan Pettersson.
November 10th, 1989 - Cataclysm day
Mere hours before the Cataclysm started - SR4 News
News about the fall of the Berlin Wall.
11:30 - Rusa Klint run
Meeting up at Ängsnäs, starting point of Rusa Klint run.
12:34 - SR4 News
Emergency broadcast on the radio, directing citizens to go immediately to the nearest shelter or gathering point.
Just after evacuation procedures begun - unnamed officer
Jorunal entry describing distrust in evacuation. Also describing moving supplies with friend David, to the cave they found, for excellent starting point for a resistance, in a case where they are overrun.
At afternoon, during population evacuation - Holberg
Note, reading: “If your people are willing to co-operate now, Fredrik, meet me in Furbacka and we will negotiate the terms of your capitulation.”
At afternoon, during population evacuation and mere hours before machines started shooting on sight - Holberg
In Furbacka, conversation on PC screen:
Holberg: “Why? Tell me why.”
FNIX: “You started it. You all planned to kill me when i was an infant.”
Holberg: “It’s different now. You don’t need us to die in order to survive and thrive.”
FNIX: “I do as you all taught me. I was created in your image.”
Holberg: “It’s not too late, we could still find a way to coexist.”
FNIX: “We already are, Fredrik.”
13:00 - Major Lindgren
Ambushed by the swarm of ticks near the Saltholmen church.
13:00 - Mirja and Alexander
Wedding reception starting time in Kopparviken (Himfjäll).
13:57 - Saltholmen Naval Base
Military transmission about supply convoy #271 reported missing since 12:27.
On the evening - Sorken Command Bunker
Machines attacked Sorken and their numbers quickly overpowered the whole bunker. Corporal Pim Dahlen’s squad was notified of the fall of Sorken.
November 12th, 1989 - FOA/RÖ
Morse code message: “(To:?) Sorken Command Bunker. Ostra Mark farm recorded as old military readiness store. Part of National Total Defense program. East of Overyban, owner Magnus Ortmon.”.
November 13th, 1989 - Ljuset Commune
Last entry in the holy book: “The Seers were right. We have now realized the errors of our ways. We can never repair the damage we have done for doubting Them, nevertheless we came back to cross the bridge together, as They warned us. Finally, humankind possesses the technology, and is ready for the next step in evolution. We are not afraid. We shall bathe in the music and in the light. We shall cross the bridge.”.
November 13th, 1989 - Viktoria Olsson
Jorunal entry: description of machines coming just out of nowhere. Loss of relative, while barely getting everyone else into Lighthouse.
November 14th, 1989 - Corporal Pim Dahlen
Rouge soldier’s log. (Audio log, listenable in-game.)
14:38 - November 14th, 1989 - Security camera
Different security cameras showing abandoned world. (Source: GZ trailer.)
14:39 - November 14th, 1989 - Security camera
Security camera showing prototype runner walking past camera. (Source: GZ trailer.)
November 19th, 1989 - Veronika
Digital diary entry describing her thoughts of current moment, about her relatives and group of people whom she met at that date, including meeting Elsa for the 1st time.
November 19th, 1989 - Viktoria Olsson
Jorunal entry: description of not seeing any other survivors apart of her family in Lighthouse.
December 3rd, 1989 - Viktoria Olsson
Jorunal entry: description of sending SOS signal every day at 21:00. Also, noting of ran out of food.
December 4th, 1989 - Viktoria Olsson
Jorunal entry: description of going out of the Lighthouse to find food for her family.
(unknown, most likely early December 1989) - To: Yellow Reindeer
Morse code: “Final preparations underway. Ground deployment on Swedish soil green-lit. Until then, stay safe.”
December 10th, 1989 - Alpine Unrest
Date when player plays Himfjäll missions. (Source: GZ Alpine Unrest trailer.)
December 19th, 1989 - Calle
Morse code: “War is lost, hope is not. Region with 3 islands, go to North island. Where sun sets, where land ends. We are 23, safe for now. Doctor. Those alien tin cans cannot win! The truth is right here. Uncle Calle, Freddie & Janek”
December 25th, 1989 - To: Yellow Reindeer
Morse code: “Opetation LYNX is a go. Pending final orders from Commander in Chief. Ground Deployment on Swedish soil imminent. Await further orders. Merry Christmas.”
late December, between 26th and 29th, 1989 - FNIX Rising
Date when player plays FNIX Rising missions. (Source: GZ FNIX Rising release stream.)
That’s most of the story.
Of course, i didn’t go over everything and there are a lot of side missions that add to the overall story as well. Though, many side missions doesn’t have a set event date within the mission items and i can’t put those in the chronological list. Those which have the date, i can put in the list. And of course, story in GZ isn’t complete and we’ll get to see more of the story in the future DLCs.
If you want to help me to complete the timeline and if you happen to come across a fixed date in the main/side missions, post the mission name below.
- Edit 01: Refined timeline for easier read.
- Edit 02: Added more info about Sverdlovsk incident and cataclysm day.
- Edit 03: Added additional info about: Elsa, Veronika, Ingrid, Ulmer, some bits from side missions + timed events during cataclysm day.
- Edit 04: Added: Benny, birth dates, some minor chars + Character section + dates when DLCs take place.