It has been confirmed that there will be no “safe zones” in the map, it will be a fight for survival from the moment the player spawns. The developers have noted that during the games production they researched the real life island of Poveglia in the Venetian lagoon extensively which was used as a plague colony in the 18th century and have stated that this factors into the lore of the game. Sony Online Entertainment plans to have a large map area and will be adding large expanses of area as time passes (whilst in development it has been noted by Matt Broome Sony Online Entertainment on a podcast that the current development map is increasing by approximately 10% each week). New areas can be added very quickly, and as the map increase so will the amount of players that the map can hold. While they have not stated a final size they hope to have on release, it has been said there will not be loading screens as you travel to different areas, this also includes player housing and compounds which the developers have decided not to individually instance meaning they are open to anyone who can find a way in. Eventually, the map is hoped to become between the size of a state, or all of America.