There's a bunch of informations that are outdated on the official faction list. Both Gateway and USI are indicating faction leaders that have not logged in a very long time and some other situations appear as odd.
It would also appear that the server has been angry at us for taking away its emailing possibilities, so he has been stacking up all emails for the past three months and is torturing our mailboxes right now.
A slight issue has showed up today when I started packing up things for 4.88.1. This issue is mostly due to cloudflare and how that matter was fixed to ensure nobody was kept out.
Long story short, making sure everyone is upgraded properly would be very complicated as we have users that have the game installed but suffer of various issues that have been adressed. The possibilities of things blowing up due to users using the new installer and users still using the old one with upgrading would make it extremely complicated to be efficent in any way.
This is why we will have to release 4.88.1 as a new installer. It will not be released through the patch system. Everyone will have to download the new installer and proceed with a new installation. Thankfully this is the only time we will have to do this, as it is due to extremely specific circumstances.
Please note that 4.88.1 is NOT released yet. We will let you know when it is.