Battlefield 3 is finally free … from the tyranny of official servers. After five years of development, Unleash Venice, Or VU, is finally available to the public. The Department of Defense is reverse engineering Battlefield 3’s server code in order to produce a platform not only for privately hosted servers, but for mods of every kind.
VU allows you to configure dedicated servers, including modification tools, which is a boon because the official Battlefield 3 servers have been struggling with cheaters for years. Before that, you can only acquire a server via an EA Certified Partner. VU also lets you host and play on dedicated servers to make mods, like those made by the community Reality mode.
According to the European Union’s interoperability laws, VU is completely legal, say the creators of VU. A legitimate copy of Battlefield 3 and an Origin account is required to use the mod that does not modify or distribute any EA-owned assets.
Not only does VU add specific configuration options and options to its own servers, but it also allows a full-featured spectator system for in-game shooting or for hosting competitions. In the future, VU developers are working on authoring content for fully customized content, hosting remote server mods, and in-game in-game voice chat among other communication tools.
You can find Venice Unleashed on its official website, veniceunleashed.net, While your copy of Battlefield 3 is wherever you left it in 2012 or so. I’m sure mine in a shoebox full of DVDs for the game somewhere.