The texturing however seemed to use an almost pastel color palette which would not be my preference. The shadows were also very slight and added to the pastel effect creating a look which seemed a bit pale. This may have been due to the screens being used though as the screenshots which are available for other areas of the game look fantastic without a trace of what I’m talking about
this quote was taken from http://www.gameamp.com/e3/2006-MMO-Reviews/4.php
This concerns me because it's true. If you compare recent e3 2006 videos to the screenshots we've been seeing there is a huge difference in graphical quality. The screenshots had more realistic and more pronounced contrast and shading. Which in my opinion, was far better than the "pastel" look Gameamp was referring to.
Is this new look temporary or will it go back to the more contrasted and shaded look of the past screenshots? Which style did you prefer?