Looks like all the griping on the internet paid off. In early August the development team behind Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 changed what many were calling it's "low tech" graphics to a more cel shaded fluid look. I think we can all agree this new style, while still not cutting edge next gen, is much better than the previous product we were shown. Robomodo CEO Josh Tsui explained the switch in design to Gamespot:
Whatever the reason, I'm satisfied! I got a bit of flak for being so rough on the design when I wrote about it a couple months ago, but looks like the collective "we" actually changed the game for the better...not that I'm looking for vindication or anything...just sayin. We also see a couple of the new skaters featured in the roster for the game, one of which is Hawk's son Riley. The game launches September 29th on multiple platforms (sorry, Wii U).