Sony Online Entertainment has a ton of updates and content coming to EverQuest II and it all gets started tomorrow with a brand new LaunchPad. The team decided to go live with the new launcher now rather than wait for the new expansion Age of Discovery and Game Update 62, just in case there are any special bugs that need addresing in the meantime.
The launcher features a number of relevant changes, including:
- It no longer requires a Flash installation.
- Much faster patching speed (as much as 10X faster if you're still using the original Station Launcher).
- Less data gets patched (smarter differentials between versions).
- A general aesthetic upgrade.
"The goal here is that you won't have to do anything at all. Just use your launcher normally and the upgrade will happen without you having to do anything other than point the new launcher at your game directory's current location. Everything else is automatic. You will not need to install game assets again. The only change will be to the launcher itself."
The team has put together a very informative FAQ that you can find here, and be sure to check out the homepage at http://everquest2.com/. The LaunchPad will go live tomorrow automatically and won't require anything from the user outside of just logging in to play.