From what I have seen on the internet, the render distance in Realms is locked to 10-12 chunks to lower the load on servers. While this render distance is currently playable on 1.17, it will greatly take away from the new massive caves and mountain ranges.
The new update is rumored to increase the height of the Minecraft world by 64 blocks. To compensate for this there will likely be an upgrade to the servers to compensate for the additional memory requirement. It would also make sense to, in this upgrade acquire the required hardware to allow for, change of the maximum render distance to 20-24 chunks so the players can appreciate the grandeur of the new mountain ranges and caves instead of seeing a blue or black backdrop. As it currently stands in realms a player can only see about 200 meters in front of them. More people will switch from Realms to Third-party server hosts to appreciate the update and the work of the developers, which doesn't seem right. I have a small group of friends that really enjoy our realms service but with the 1.18 update we have decided to get a third party hosted server only so we can change the render distance.
Thank you for your time and I hope to continue being a subscriber to the Realms service in the future.
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