The Legendary Bush item in Fortnite Battle Royale is set to undergo major changes in the near future, according to Epic Games.
Eric Williamson, Design Lead for Fortnite at Epic Games, commented on a Reddit post that was suggesting some changes that could be made to the Bush to make it a more viable item.
The Reddit user, ‘RhysWindu,’ proposed that the Bush could be made to protect the user from the first shot that an enemy player might take at it, which would make the item a lot more useful.
Williamson responded by saying that this idea was one of several that had been discussed by the developers: “We’ve been looking at ways to potentially improve the Bush’s effectiveness. This is an option that’s been discussed a few times.”
He went on to further detail several other changes that the team has been looking at as potential improvements, such as having multiple charges, being auto-enabled while it’s in the inventory so it can’t be shot off, and reducing the leaves that block the user’s view.
In terms of when players can expect one or more of these potential improvements to be implemented, Williamson did not offer a time table: “No adjustments in the next update, but it’s something we’ll be reviewing.”
At least the Design Lead is acknowledging that Epic are aware that the Bush is essentially a pointless and useless item in many Fortnite players’ eyes and fundamental adjustments are needed to make it better.
In its current state, the cons heavily outweigh the pros when it comes to using the item. Having it equipped offers no physical protection, can annoyingly hinder the user’s field of view when aiming down sights, and takes up a valuable spot in the inventory.
As for the benefits? It can sometimes come in handy when camouflaging against nearby opponents and it’s good for producing funny in-game content, that’s pretty much it.
While these proposed changes do offer hope for the Bush, it also begs the question as to why Epic have decided to keep the Legendary item in the game for this long when it has never been consistently used and similarly underused items have been vaulted before.