This week, we made a couple minor changes to the platform that will be important for new pack releases. First, we re-added the ability to have teaser pages, which are always a big hit, and are once again hosting the old teaser pages for existing packs. The second thing we did is a follow-up to a change we made a couple months ago. In March, we removed some older packs from the list of default packs in the launcher. However, those packs' pages still said "Included in the Technic Launcher"! You could still search for these packs from the launcher, but it was frustrating if you were trying to install Tekkit Classic on a new launcher. All official packs that are not included with the launcher now have a Platform API Link on their Platform page.
Additionally, this week we will be reinstating stats in the launcher. The path to get us there has been a long journey from sct but we're just about ready to unveil that, so look forward to it!
A Word About Hack Slash Mine
This week, we removed Hack Slash Mine as an official Technic pack and we wanted to drop a quick word about that. We really like HSM and have been playing it for years, so it's not a decision we came to lightly. Unfortunately, recent Java updates have broken Hack Slash Mine and Frizzil has not been reachable. Frizzil is now a professional game developer who's worked on some really impressive titles, and doesn't usually have time to work on HSM. As a result, we understand why it hasn't been updated, but unfortunately, we can't endorse the pack now as we could a few months ago. We also have no means to fix the problem ourselves.
Users can get it running by installing Java 6 or Java 7 and selecting that java version from Launcher Options, so it is runnable. We are not going to remove it from the Platform as we do with other packs that aren't Java 8 compatible, and we will continue to host and maintain the pack the best we can. However, it will no longer automatically appear at the top of relevant search results and will no longer appear in the official modpacks list on the Platform. We apologize to fans of the pack and hope that Hack Slash Mine will return again someday.