This article describes a feature in the first Apocalypse Rising
The compass is very useful for navigation, and if you have a map without a compass it is really hard to navigate. Compasses aren't too common but are mandatory if you are planning a trip to some area. Compasses are located on the top middle of the screen, making them easy to see. It is very useful when paired up with the GPS, making the map easier to read and to use it to go to a location. It is possible to find out which direction you're going without a compass. When players die, regardless of where, when, or how they died, their corpse will always face north.
- The compass is actually a free model, said by Gusmanak on Twitter