The developers of BF3: Reality Mod are announcing the release of the mod for July 17th. The complete conversion of Battlefield 3 into a modern tactical shooter was seven years in development and takes its inspiration from the influential Project Reality: BF2 mod.
BF3: Reality Mod focuses as an overhaul on completely overhauling the gameplay of the 2011 base game release trailer you can see, among other things, the improved graphical quality of the game, as well as the tactical approach of the modification. The developer, a team of ‘more than 80 contributors’, aims to bring a much more realistic experience with improved appearance, textures, effects and a very short ‘time to kill’. Also, the emphasis in Reality Mod is more on collaboration and communication.
There are some requirements for the mod, which only works with the official version of Battlefield 3 including all DLC via Origin and Steam. For example, only “established communities can apply for a license,” which again underlines how the project is targeting players interested in the more serious tone of BF3: Reality Mod. Via the official Discord server the mod allows groups to apply for a license.
In addition, mod platform Venice Unleashed required to play the mod. This is a mod framework that is required to be able to use basically any mod for Battlefield 3, as the game from DICE does not offer mod support by default. One of the features of VU is the ability to host custom servers, which makes it possible in BF3: Reality Mod to play with more than 100 players on one server.
BF3: Reality Mod is heavily based on Project Reality: BF2, a similarly realistic overhaul of Battlefield 2. The creators of that mod later joined forces under the studio Offworld Industries, which is responsible for the spiritual successor to the BF2 mod, Squad. . This successful multiplayer shooter, like the mods mentioned, focuses specifically on the realistic representation of a modern conflict, where individual players are only a small part of a huge battle.