I just noticed that The Longest Journey has been updated to installer version 2 not so long ago (somewhere between mid-September and today). Surprisingly the installer's size has gone up by whoppin' 500 megabytes from the previous version (previous installer was 1,128,108 KB, new one is 1,616,216 KB). Does anybody know whether this is some major update? Like maybe a swap from a CD-ROM release to a DVD release with higher resolution cutscenes or something? Or maybe added languages? I'm pretty positive that there was no update flag so I'm rather surprised.
I didn't notice an update flag either.
Well I don't know the difference between the CD-ROM or DVD versions, but the new installer comes with a new launcher that offers some options for graphics such as high quality 3D Models and enable 3D Acceleration, a section for advanced settings offering a couple of buffer choices and audio tweaks.
I've only messed with it a little, but I didn't notice any difference in quality between this release and the old. In Windows 8, the exit menu still appears as a white box.
Funcom's intro video is different, if that counts for anything. There is also now a selection for High Quality Video in the in game settings.