Over the past couple of seasons, the Fortnite kill feed has become an increasingly whimsical space. From news of epic three-pointers on the basketball court to those unfortunate occasions where the entire match is told that you “played yourself,” Epic has repeatedly offered news of the highs and lows of each individual Fortnite game. And now, they’re letting you show the world how polite you are.
For some reason, Fortnite players now have the ability to “thank the bus driver.” The in-joke stems from a petition started earlier this summer, asking Epic to “add the ability to thank the bus driver before jumping out of the battle bus in Fortnite” (via gaminglyf).
In Fortnite patch 5.3, that ability has been granted, and now, if you feel so inclined, you can press ‘B’ on PC (or ‘Down’ on a gamepad D-Pad) to issue your thanks to the driver before you jump. Doing so, strangely enough, shows up in the kill feed, a ray of respect for your fellow beings that seems strangely paradoxical ahead of the slaughter about to unfold on the island below.
Thanking the driver, of course, offers nothing to your game, but will, I’m sure, remind you that you are good, upstanding member of society, just as it does when you mumble a random word of thanks to your driver in real life.
if you want something that will actually make a difference to your game, the Fortnite week 7 challenges arrive tomorrow. There’s also the new Rift-To-Go item, which allows you to teleport out of a sticky situation should you be pinned down by a group of enemies.