Over all the game has had a lot of interesting things over the past year. I do like the direction it is going, however I do think its moving rather slow to get there. I do understand that the team is smaller then most so there is limited people to support the development which contributes to how long it is taking to get to were things needs to be.
Over all the game has pretty good graphics for some parts, well other areas are very dated (Main Map). Details on gear and things in the world are pretty good compared to some games out there. Character design I think needs a lot more work as there is very limited options. I do know that this year (speculation based on Chapter 2 information) elves will become a playable race which will offer another option for playability/design. The Unity engine is constantly being upgraded every few months which has brought in a lot of optimizations and FPS which 6 months ago would make you cry have now improved to what is standard for most games these days. Animations still need some work and are not as fluid as some of todays newer games but it still does the job allowing for real-time combat (depending on your class). They have been making changes over the last 4 months to various spell effects and animations in order to bring better visuals which have been huge upgrades. The new Scenes(Zones) replaced older cloned/copied instances look very well done compared to earlier. Art style is a mix not as vibrant as many Overseas games which more reflects the tone of series like Elder scrolls etc. you either are in favor of the look or not. Myself I like more realistic environments.
The game has improved a lot for sound quality over the last 5 months. They added a new sound engineer to the group which has replaced a lot of terrible stuff like the creepy crying woman... haha for those that have played a while back all know too well. Over all the improvements have been really well done. Music in game (non avatar radio) has not changed much. Its all themed towards instruments that existed in the time period. As to Avatar radio and broadcast systems in the game (actual in game headphones / radios) they almost all represent todays music , news etc. There are some themed towards RP and fit the game, well others offer club music and techno which are often used in many in game dance parties and club locations. (there really is some interesting player setups for clubs, some not kid friendly lol)