Many of you might have suspected this already: we are forced to delay the release once again. For how long? To be honest, we can't tell exactly. Here's why:
Feature wise, Reality Mod is complete for its first release. But the most substantial key feature is missing: VoIP.
For the past 3 years and up until today we've been using a custom Mumble implementation as our VoIP solution, but it has been causing us more trouble than joy. Picture mumble as a very old, overengineered pile of spaghetti code that's incredible time consuming for any enhancements whatsoever. In fact, it was causing so much trouble that we decided to stop fixing it and instead work on a better yet easier to work with alternative which can be directly integrated into VU.
After all, teamwork and communication are the center point of Reality Mod and as such shipping with a defective or no VoIP solution at all is out of the question for us. It would be like shipping a car without an engine. That is why we decided against releasing with Mumble.
However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We are working closely together with the Venice Unleashed devs to ensure that it can be finalized as soon as possible. But by the nature of that and the VU code not being open source, we are dependent on the VU devs in this case. That is also why we can't really give a good estimate on when we will be launching - it could be finished tomorrow or in a month. We were expecting the VU VoIP implementation to be finished way sooner (hence the previous Q1 estimation), unfortunately that was not the case. But you can rest assured, once we are set on a date we will make sure you will know about it first.
In addition to that, we're also still having issues with the UI rendering / performance, there seems to be an odd bug in the version of the chromium framework, that we're using to display the UI, which causes the UI to at times have a slow reaction time or render incorrectly. We have however gained enough data to track it down and we're already trying out some potential fixes together with the VU devs.
If you feel like you can live with those issues and you can't wait to try Reality Mod already, feel free to apply for Early Access on our Discord (https://discord.gg/sNwbeHC