Calling you out buddy, seen you said bows are in a good spot in interviews and dude you must be out of touch. Do you even play your own game (a game that I, for the record love, and respect you immensely for managing to put together with an awesome team, kudos)? Lmao, sorry for the clickbait title but I WANTED YOU TO SEE THIS.
So basically, the math is in, to do damage that is comparable (not equal, below equal) to melee with a bow you need 50 str and 50 accuracy, high-end arrows and a legendary bow. That’s a bit ridiculous considering you need to A. consistently put more resources into maintaining arrows and B. carry those arrows somehow (which you won’t be able to do with 0 encumbrance). And C. You actually need to aim and hit moving targets on laggy servers at range. An easy solution would be to make the strength perks work solely on melee move-sets, reducing the Headshot perk from 50 to 25% and buffing ranged damage from 10 to 30% with the other accuracy perk. Voila, bows are viable. You’re welcome.