That shot looks like the EQ2X patcher. Does Live's patcher look like that now? I use Station Launcher so I wouldn't know. The test launcher still looks like the old one.
Yeah, the fact that it says "Upgrade Now" sort of makes me think it's the EQ2X patcher.
Speaking of, I was all set to give f2p EQII a shot the other day but I can only choose from four different races and eight classes. Well that sucks, so I uninstalled. I really think they would have been wise to at least toss me a bone for having played in the past. I mean hell, my account is five years old, even if it hasn't been active for a little over a year now. At least give me the "Silver" status for free.
I dunno, just seems like compared to the other f2p titles I've spent time on (LotRO and DDO) EQ2X is an inferior deal. However, I'm still checking in on this board every other day, so maybe a part of me still wants to play. Or, maybe, a part of me just likes being abused by SOE.
Now that I've done some impotent rambling, I has a question, too: Does one accumulate station points (or whatever the micro-transaction currency is) while playing? I just haven't been able to find a very comprehensive guide on how exactly they're running the model.