Oops. BioWare releases the 2.4 Update a bit too early, rolls it back, then releases it again.
Star Wars: The Old Republic is releasing the Dread War update today, but a little snafu caused the data for the 2.4 patch to be released yesterday by mistake. Getting an update a day early can be a good thing, but apparently it wasn't the whole patch, forcing both BioWare and players to do so extra work before they could play the game again.
Apparently, the data was released in the afternoon, and players began patching the game once the update was available. However, the SWTOR dev team advised player NOT to run the launcher until today's server maintenance, otherwise players would be forced to download the entire game client.
Then, Blizzard rolled the patch back to the previous version, allowing players to play normally. Players who had already downloaded the patch were advised to log out and then download the old patch to overwrite the Dread War data.
Got all that?
Either way the new patch is out today and will be available -- without excess downloading -- when the servers become available. In case you missed all the goodies coming in the release, the patch adds the new Warzone Arenas, two new Operations (including an assault on the Dread Palace), new daily quests for level 55 characters, and a new story mission called Oricon.
There are also plenty of class changes and additions, so make sure you check out the patch notes before playing.