The Playzone, also known as "The Circle," is the area where players must remain during the game. If outside of the playzone, players take damage. This forces players closer to each other as the game progresses in order to speed up the game.
Playzone / circle timings
All timings are for the PC version of the game.
The time between entering the plane and being able to jump is about 10 seconds.
The time between entering the plane and seeing the first circle is 120 seconds (2 minutes).
|Circle||Time until blue circle starts to shrink||White circle diameter||Damage per second (without distance variation)||Time until blue meets white|
|1||300 seconds (5 minutes)||4550 m||0.4%||300 seconds (5 minutes)|
|2||200 seconds (3 minutes 20 seconds)||2970 m||0.6%||140 seconds (2 minutes 20 seconds)|
|3||150 seconds (2 minutes 20 seconds)||1480 m||0.8%||90 seconds (1 minute 30 seconds)|
|4||120 seconds||740 m||1%||60 seconds|
|5||120 seconds||360 m||3%||40 seconds|
|6||90 seconds||175 m||5%||30 seconds|
|7||90 seconds||90 m||7%||30 seconds|
|8||60 seconds||40 m||9%||30 seconds|
When the blue circle meets the final circle 8, 180 seconds (3 minutes) will pass before a 15 second countdown begins until the circle begins to shrink to nothing.
Damage during the final phase of the circle shrinking to nothing is 11%.
As of 10/23/17, circle damage and survival times are not fixed, but variable based on distance. Circle got buffed and each circle after the first now does more damage the further outside the playzone you are.
Circle 6-8, do not help your downed mates outside the play area. Circle 5, you can survive for 2 ticks after being helped up, so you'd have to be close to to entering the circle. Circle 4, you can survive for 5 seconds - the player helping you will take 10% damage while helping you. Circle 1-4, help your buddies.
Damage ticks are sent to every player at the same time. (The first tick can happen anywhere from 0-1.) Every circle ticks damage each second. There's not a 9th circle, once the 8th circle hits the white circle - it simply pauses and then closes down completely. (Damage and everything is the same.) The 6th circle is the last circle where you can heal and run in. To win in the last circle if you can't see the last enemy, take a hit of damage from the circle, and pre-use your med kit 2 seconds before the last circle hits you.
- In the Battle Royale movie, it's a grid that seals off players. But in ARMA, PLAYERUNKNOWN couldn't code a grid, so the 'circle' became the new Meta.
- PC 1.0 Update #10 Announcement, April 11 2018. (Reduction from 120 seconds to 90 seconds not applied to Miramar when deployed to live.)
- Twitter announcement from @PUBG_help, describing the deployment of PC 1.0 Update #10.