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This is a guide page to discuss the in-game environment and how you should best go about surviving within it. It is constantly updated and added to so be sure to check back regularly for more interesting tips and tricks.

The Map

It's vast, unforgiving and roughly 10 x 10km squared. Covering the map on foot with unskilled stamina from corner to corner is no easy task. In your travels you will encounter lush fields of grass, dirt trails leading to abandoned campsites and even some remaining small towns and military outposts if you venture into the far North. When you spawn into the game you will wake up inside the research station HAB 01 which is at the southern most point of the map roughly in the middle from left to right. From here it is recommended you make your way to either Carrington Farm (left of HAB 01) or Darling Station (right of HAB 01) to get a few starting items along with whatever you get from the HAB module. From there you should make your way to Princeton (above HAB 01) and setup a makeshift base with any storage units you have collected. Princeton is the best major starting location as it is the only town situated on the southern most island and contains a variety of good starting gear.

Remember, you can open your map at any time (so long as you have no other menus open) by pressing the 'M' key. This will give you a static paper chart style view of the map with marked locations however no marker where you are. In order to get a more detailed view showing your position and facing direction on the map you will need to find and activate a GPS. This will prove vital in your survival particularly whilst you are unfamiliar with your surroundings. Your GPS radar is limited to height and you cannot zoom in or out with it currently. When you start the game for the first time you will spawn in at 6:00 AM giving you an entire days worth of sunlight to get started with your survival which really helps. It is recommended you find a suitable location to bunker down in for the night as travelling during night hours will be difficult and dangerous due to the lack of light and higher number of potential threats being present including the menacing Reaper.

Once you have found a spot to rest at for the night, you should make a mental note of it based on your location on the map so you can return to it and avoid getting lost at sundown trying to find your way back in the dark. However if you do plan on travelling at night you should set out to find yourself a flashlight first preferably with spare batteries for extended night travel along with a weapon to defend yourself with, the more powerful the better.

That pretty much covers the basics of navigating around Chimera and survival at its most basic. Be sure to check back here regularly for updates to this guide as the game develops.

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