I dunno if it had be suggested but you really should make it possible for friends to spawn near eachother..
My gf and I decided to give the game a go..
we spawned in on the starter island then went to epleland and we spawned on different sides of the map.
that is just stupid.
it killed the experience of a new game totally for us as we found out we had to run for hours cross the map and we stopped playing.