Well, I’m not sure how. It’s just speculation and throw it against the wall and see what sticks. That’s why I’m asking for help piecing it together. If I’m wrong, I’m wrong. But I want to explore this a little more before I give up on it.
I know the real timelines don’t match up. But there’s away they can.
The Dreamers are the first to enter some sort of simulation.
Emily’s function was to create vast simulations of the future to predict trends in the real world. In a sense she does what Dr. Strange did in Infinity Wars. She runs thru billions of simulations in an instant to find out what will happen stemming from a given moment, usually the present.
WARE comes onto the scene and accidently traps the Dreamers in a simulation. Not necessarily Emily’s, although she has been helping WARE.
Now Emily is creating special simulations for the Dreamers to help extract them.
We are pretty sure that not all of them will be able to be extracted.
So if Emily creates NMS, as we know it, as a place, a repository, for the dead Dreamers, then that would be the start of NMS, and the Dreamers would be the Ancient Ones.
(Remember that ALL of Waking Titan takes place BEFORE the creation of NMS)
And in NMS, the simulation, Time as we understand it, is different. In the first phase of WT Major Dubois was frantic about time slowing down to a stop. The same thing happens in the last 16 minutes of the Atlas (I assume it is the Atlas, it might be Loop 15 or 16) where the last minutes are stretched out to infinity in an effort to avoid dying. Which means that whoever is in charge of the simulation they can change time inside it.
So in NMS we are playing an End Game, or at the end of times. In this way, whatever happens at the end of Waking Titan (and I’m not sure even this phase will be the end of it) it happens at the beginning of NMS the Simulation, not where we start in NMS the Game.
Like I said, it’s all wild theory on my part. No need to get angry about it. Just pure speculation.