It took a long time to find out about these worlds.
You’re the kind of person who could play one game for a whole year, but a year is getting too short. You want a game that takes place over so many years that you can’t even count them, maybe a thousand or more, and you want to be able to watch centuries go by without aging.
Or maybe you’re just a history buff who loves seeing how made-up things happen in video games. You can discover many different worlds with stories that go on for thousands of years, whether you want to change the past or just watch it happen.
Timeline: More Than 1,000 years
Even without the other games in the Bayonetta series in mind, it’s not surprising that the first game takes place on a long timeline with a lot of history between the Umbra Witches and the Lumen Sages. If Cereza is 500 years old, it makes sense that the world of the game would also be older.
The First Armaggedon happened before history was written down, so Bayonetta’s world must also be very old. You know that there is a Bayonetta Multiverse, even if it hasn’t been proven yet. In the series, time was not always the same, and Bayonetta 3 showed that different cultures on different worlds moved at different speeds.
Timeline: More Than 1,000 Years
The story takes place 1000 years after the Tenno War, so it fits the description of a story that takes place after 1000 years. But the world of Warframe might be older than where official history begins, and it wouldn’t be strange if the game is actually set thousands of years in the future.
It would be hard to find the starting point from which you would start counting. Most of the time references in Warframe have always been vague, but the history of The Orokin Empire and its ability to make other worlds habitable should be enough to show that the story takes place in a society that is so far ahead of our own that we don’t know much about it.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Timeline: More Than 3,000 Years
In the first part of the game, modernity was rejected, but Horizon: Zero Dawn has a past that was lost during the Apocalypse. Based on how the game’s infrastructure looks and how much of it hasn’t been destroyed by trees yet, it’s safe to say that it’s only been 1,000 years.
But even if you go by the official schedule, the Faro Plague happened in the year 2064. The game is currently set somewhere around the year 3040, but if it’s a modern tragedy set in an alternate timeline on Earth, it’s safe to say that the world in this game is more than 3,000 years old.
Timeline: 6,000 Years
Civilization 6 is like history, but you can change what happens. To beat this game and build a society that would make every country in real life look bad is a good ego boost that could bring out the politician in you that you didn’t know you had until you played this game.
But this game follows a timeline that is similar to recorded history, just like real history. We know of 5,000 years of history on Earth, but Civ 6 starts in 4000 AD.
Timeline: More than 6,000 years
Genshin Impact will have everything, like a god from a thousand years ago walking through the busy streets of Liyue. The main story of the game takes place 500 years after The Cataclysm, but so far the oldest character is 6,000 years old. It is known that Teyvat goes through a cycle after a long time of peace, so that number could change.
Many societies have come and gone, and people from other places have come to and left the world. Aether and Lumine might even be older than these gods and long-lived species in Teyvat, since they used to move between galaxies before they were split up, but we won’t know for sure until we get to the end of the story.
Timeline: 9,999 Years
You didn’t like how short Civ 6 was, and you want to see a world that will be around long after you die. Europa Universalis could be played from the year 2 to the year 9999, and it’s safe to say that there are so many new features in this mod that you wouldn’t want to get out of your chair.
The game itself can only be played for 400 years, but you can play Europa Universalis for as long as you want with the Extended Timeline mod. Please keep in mind that this game isn’t for newbie politicians, but for experienced planners, since you might have to make too many decisions.
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
Timeline: 40,000 Years Into The Future
Warhammer 40,000 games have storylines that go thousands of years into the future, and Darktide is no different. It takes place in the year 40,000, when the Milky Way Galaxy is full of chaos between the stars.
You’d think that after thousands of years, humans would change, worlds would be better, and people would fight less among themselves. The only thing that has changed, though, is that they are no longer on Earth, where they were threatened by gods and other aliens.
Honkai Impact 3rd
Timeline: More than 52,000 Years
Hoyoverse is known for two things: making games with the biggest file sizes for mobile devices and making figures who are thousands of years old. In the history of Honkai Impact 3rd, an unknown force called the Honkai is bad for Earth. You’ll want to find out by playing the game whether it’s an event, a condition, or a disease.
The only thing you might wonder is why the characters in Wordle Unlimited look like they are in their 20s or 30s at most. Maybe that’s just how things work for people who live for thousands of years.
Timeline: 11, 945 AD In The Future
Remember when everyone was afraid that COVID and AI would steal their jobs and art? In NieR: Automata, the Earth has a disease called White Chlorination Syndrome that can’t be cured, and in the end, sentient robots take over the world. On the other hand, people are thought to have moved to the moon.
Plagues and pandemics are nothing new to people, but the fact that robots can think for themselves changes the situation. The last thing you probably thought this game would be was a sad story about a robot.
Timeline: 6,967,633 Years
You’ll be glad to hear that orange tabby cats will still be around in 6,000,000 years. If you like cats, you may have played this game before. Even if you don’t, playing Stray is special and fun because you move around as a cat.
It’s also a world where robots, tools, and mutant bacteria are everywhere, but there are no people to be seen. But maybe, after so many years, you don’t need people to know that the world is getting better. All you need to do is look at the world through the eyes of a cute cat.