I swore SE said there wouldn't be "zones" in the same sense as FFXI, where the screen goes black and then you are loaded in a new zone. The way I understood it, I thought the entire game would load on the fly kind of like you do when you enter/exit a town into the neighboring starting zone. A lot of newer games work like this (Red Dead Redemption for example).
Right now, once you exit one starting zone at the other side you are given a black loading screen and are immidetly in one othe other starting zones (and appear to be in a completely different part of the world based on the graphical surroundings). Anyone else thinking that in the real game you will see other zones inbetween these zones?