The recent addition of the ammo reticle in Fortnite has largely been a flop for most Fortnite players. Here’s how you can disable the feature and some considerations you should make before you do.
The ammo reticle is probably the most controversial decision Epic has made in Fortnite Chapter 2 – apart from the apparent vaulting of the patch notes.
Players awoke one update day to find that there was a strange bar next to their reticle. It’s an ammo indicator and tells you when you need to reload your weapon. It seems like a harmless addition to the game, but it was incredibly distracting when it first came out.
Fortunately, if you’re still struggling with the ammo reticle, there’s a way to turn it off. All you have to do is load into a match or into Creative Mode, navigate to your settings, hit the cogwheel (the second option) and move over to “HUD.”
From there, you’ll be able to customize all elements of your HUD, including the ammo reticle. Keep in mind that you can’t do this in the lobby. You have to be in a game or in Creative Mode.
Should you remove it?
Now, we’re onto the bigger question: should you remove the ammo reticle? Does it really get in the way to the point where you should want it gone?
Caster and streamer Ballatw had an interesting take on the addition of the reticle. He’s overwhelmingly positive about it, saying it gives you more information without having to move your eyes.
I see his point, especially from a competitive position. It’s hard to complain about a more informative reticle when you have these kids running around with visual sound and an atrocious ‘colorblind mode’ to gain small advantages.
For me – a competitively casual player – I got rid of this information. I’m never in late-game scenarios with 40 people alive and I reload whenever I’m done shooting. I found that I ignored the bar anyway, even when I didn’t reload on my own.
Is the ammo reticle useful? Yes, but I still don’t like it. If you agree, now you know how to remove the setting in Fortnite.