Of all things, the simple act of thanking the bus driver became a meme this year. Beats us as to why.
Now it’s something you can do in Fortnite as your character leaves the battle bus, all because of fans who requested the feature.
The ability to thank the bus driver, who flies players over the island at the start of the game, has been added to the game’s latest v5.30 patch, and while it hasn’t been highlighted in the release notes, it was spotted by users in the game’s subreddit.
It’s likely the result of a now-deleted Change.org petition asking developers to add the feature in the game, which has been around since July.
“Since I was just a boy I have always loved jumping out of the battle bus, but all this time I have felt something was missing. And that thing is the ability to thank the driver of the battle bus, he or she is truly a great person and they provide us a great service, I think it is time we can truly appreciate [their] service, don’t you agree?” reads the petition.
Now players can hit the B key on computers, or press down on D-pad on console, to thank the driver before jumping out of the battle bus.
On the bottom left of the screen, a message will display saying “[player] has thanked the bus driver.”
That’s about it, really, and there’s no effect on the actual game if you do choose to thank the bus driver. We just hope you reciprocate it in real life.