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Post by Dan @ 12:02pm 23/04/13 | 6 Comments
The developer behind an ambitious server emulator for Battlefield 3 has opened a sign-up page to alpha test their "Venice Unleashed" software that claims to be able to offer Battlefield 3 players a game server ecosystem unshackled from the restrictions of the official EA and DICE Battlelog service.

Developer NoFate already claims to have unlocked heretofore hidden features in Battlefield 3 such as a native spectator mode and freeform flying in paused game scenes, as well as the ability to modify game mode options that would be locked out on Battlelog (via PC Gamer):
Created by NoFaTe, Venice promises control “over a wide set of features and settings that were initially hidden,” including spectator mode and other “half-implemented or disabled game features.” According to the signup site, Venice also supports the creation of mods and new gamemodes “without the need of performing complicated and game-breaking file modifications.”

Venice emulates BF3′s Blaze networking backend, but it is not a DRM workaround—the Emulator Nexus network repeatedly stresses that a licensed, up-to-date copy of BF3 is required to play. Nexus and NoFaTe are also behind a Battlefield: Bad Company 2 emulator and custom client.
Server emulators are generally frowned upon by games publishers, but the cease and desist action is usually justified as an anti-piracy measure, so we're not sure how EA might response to this particular operation.

Players looking forward to unlocking full mapmaking and total conversion modding for Battlefield 3 should manage their expectations, as the kind of modifications indicated by NoFate are generally just the more rudimentary game hacks like tweaking movement and weapons variables, disabling gameplay elements, or removing visual filters --most of which are thwarted on official servers due to anti-cheat efforts.

You can find more info over on veniceunleashed.net and the emulator nexus forums. The usual warnings about installing PC software from unfamiliar sources apply.




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trog
Posted 01:07pm 23/4/13
This is freakin' amazing!
7.62
Posted 07:33am 24/4/13
What does this mean?

Does this mean that we can have proper destruction? as in it can be 'unlocked' from the engine?
koopz
Posted 08:47pm 24/4/13
Server emulators are generally frowned upon by games publishers, but the cease and desist action is usually justified as an anti-piracy measure, so we're not sure how EA might re....>



WHAT?


AusGamers can talk about this stuff on forums now???

I always wished I got into the whole WoW thing... though I bet my bottom dollar you guys were running your own WoW servers
Dan
Posted 11:19am 28/7/13
This means you can play on Battlefield 3 when EA decides to close the official servers down we still can play BF3 multiplayer.
However i do not know if EA is going to be happy but all i know is you would need to buy the game from EA because this does not bypass the DRM EA has made for the game to fit this version of the server.
Audi
Posted 11:39am 28/7/13
Custom maps???
Tollaz0r!
Posted 12:14pm 28/7/13
Nice threadnecro man.
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