The Settlement is the main area in the game world and is where the player spawns upon beginning a new game.
It is a large area with several destroyed houses and a park surrounded by a fence, with entrances to the northwest and southeast. As the player rescues survivors, their houses will be rebuilt and new NPCs will appear, unlocking new content for the player.
Joe can be rescued after defeating the first boss.
Later on, Roland and his armory can also be unlocked.