The New UI:
Map and Warp selection
Character and skill menus
Inventory and Guild menus
New party system:
You can register a party, and give it a unique name - and people from every channel can search for parties on all channels, and request to join. This was done to improve the community playing together, according to ESTsoft. I hope it does, but I think it might take a while for the use of this system to become widely adopted.
The new party menu
As you can see from the screen it is fairly simple. You register a party, and all the information appears. Any player not in a party can access this menu by pressing ‘P’, and search and apply to join to the registered parties, while players already in a party will have to right-click on the party area of the UI in order to access this menu. Of course it is also still completely possible to request a party simply by clicking on a character and using the dropdown menu, if you wish.
The entire options menu has also been re-designed, partly in order to accommodate the new key-binding and macro options, and partly to align it with the new UI. The key bindings are great - you can literally assign your own keys to every single ingame function or menu, should you wish.
The macro chat option allows you to bind phrases to the ctrl+F1 to f10 keys. Since these cannot be used on the normal, trade or shout chats it should be fine, especially with regards to the spam-bots lurking in Bloody Ice these days.
Default chat macros
The only other change is the method used to connect to a chat channel. This is now accessed via the options menu, as per the screenshot.
Chat options, including where to join a chat channel
General game options