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To celebrate Famitsu Magazine's 1001st issue have had the chance to interview Final Fantasy XIII character designer and Final Fantasy Versus XIII director Tetsuya Nomura, as well as have him draw their cover.

Famitsu Nomura Cover Art

Here you can see Characters from Final Fantasy including FFXIII and Versus XIII, as well as a..fox(?) with a Playstation-style Keyblade.

In the interview, he touches on all of the Fabula Nova Crystallis titles, but of course the new information is scarce.

He mentions that he is getting bored of the character names to do with weather and wishes to end this trend, and blames the names being based on weather this time on the rest of the team. He also re-explains Lightning's personality as "serious and unforgiving" and that when she meets new people she isn't all happy smiles, but cold and harsh. She is evidently a very strong character, and this kind of personality isn't surprising considering she is the leader of the rebel group. On the subject on character design, he also mentions that there have, as most design processes go, been multiple designs for Lightning which were rather different to what we have been shown, including an Asian version.

He also talks a bit about the Final Fantasy Versus XIII character design and how he was hesitant to introduce a character like his to the series. He also makes the point of stating He is not the least bit a silent, depressed little boy. [Please read through the full translation for a better perspective on this section of the interview] He also confirms that the Final Fantasy Versus XIII main character's name is also to do with weather and will be announced the next time they release more Final Fantasy Versus XIII info. As well as this, he makes the interesting comment that He does not act like Cloud or Squall as many people have already assumed. Instead, when you hear him speak your impression of him will change and he thinks that a lot of people might dislike this new view of his character. He also notes that The Prince's clothes are likely to be changed which he has mentioned before about 6 months ago, so next time we see him these changes maybe be put in place.

The only real mention of Final Fantasy Agito XIII is that the characters don't have proper names yet and refer to them by their appearance, much like we are.

Thanks to BlankChocobo for the translation. Below is Blanks full translation of the interview.



Lightning's muscles and such make an impression, don't they? She is muscular, but attractive.

Nomura: In drawing Lightning, the most essential thing was that she is a "cool character." You can't have a cool character without sex appeal.

What kind of "cool" is she?

Nomura: Serious, and unforgiving, yeah, she is a relentless character, isn't she? Maybe she is harsh on herself too, but she is not the type to coddle people. When she meets other people, she's not the kind who changes according to them, but instead you can see that she is a kind of individualistic person who gives off the image of someone who unswervingly follows the guidelines within herself.

Was that harshness more than was intended in the design?

Nomura: I was asked to make her strong and beautiful, but when I read the scenario, I thought "Is that all?" They were saying that she is a soldier, and her personality was certainly of one. She is not a "whiner." Actually, before we decided on the type we have for her now, there were a variety of different Lightnings. There were some by other staff members, too, and in the beginning, she didn't have the same image as she does now.

Like what, for example?

Nomura: She was Asian. The final Lightning is considerably more chiseled. Her eyes are more deeply set in than a typical heroine. Also, her cheekbones are more prominent than other female characters. In these ways, Lightning's design changed considerably. Other things are hidden, so you can't tell, but her legs are lean and her abdominal muscles are defined. Toriyama was particular about her having an athlete's body. However, if the heroine was too "macho," it would be difficult for players to associate emotionally with her, and so, while serving the director's intentions for her, I tried to make her a bit sweet. That intent appears in things like her hairstyle and hair color.

…(stuff about Aya from Parasite Eve goes here)…

Then, about the yet unnamed protagonist of Versus XIII, his outfit is temporary, isn’t it?

Nomura: We intend to completely redo his design. The concept for him is that his hairstyle will give a different impression when viewed from the front than from the back. From the front, his hair is calm and tame, but from the back, it is quite intense and violent-looking. Because his design is temporary, we’re having him face the back as much as possible, like on the cover. (Haha)

I see. There are a lot of things that are unclear, aren’t there?

Nomura: The Versus protagonist is not a character with a Squall-like or Cloud-like personality like everyone is thinking now. He is a type that has not been seen in the generations of the series yet. For a long time now, I have wanted to try making a character like him, but I hesitated because he is a type of character that might fall close to “out of bounds.”

Are you really that critical of him!?

Nomura: Yes. (Haha) There are probably people who dislike his type. Usually, protagonists do not have strong personalities to avoid having the personality interfere with the player’s empathy, and so very distinctive characters are relegated to side-roles, but not this time. He has a bit of an overabundance of p idiosyncrasy. I think that when he speaks, the impression of him will change considerably.

Will his voice be so high that we’re surprised? (haha)

Nomura: (Haha) The concept for his voice has not yet been finalized. People who thought “That’s great!” to his current impression will probably think “What did they do!?” upon seeing him. So, as much as possible, please try not to hold any preconceptions about him! He is not the least bit a silent, gloomy little boy.

He can show an apathetic face to the world, but is he the type that can adjust and let his guard down?

Nomura: There is that type in reality, too, and there it depends on whether or not their friends accept them, doesn’t it?

Will this be a story of male camaraderie, similar to Crisis Core?

Nomura: No, for instance, someone [important] dies, and you must take revenge, well it won’t be a soppy story like that. It will adopt a more general “road movie” (a specific type of journey genre, not a road trip movie. >__>; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road_movie) sense. As to why I chose a story about men, well, for example, among school friends, when they go traveling, it’s normal to see any combination of fellows in groups of all one gender. That’s all. We can look back on when we were students, and remember enjoying horsing around with our peers with no particular aim in mind.

And a member of a royal family just happens to be one of their number?

Nomura: That’s right. They have not banded together for any purpose or destiny. This lot, who are always horsing around find themselves at the heart of the story by chance. I wonder if one was a student, would one feel the story even more familiar? Of course, if one was an adult, they might feel nostalgic and enjoy remembering how they horsed around like that, I think. Talking about girls, for instance. In thinking about how to make it more familiar, it turned out this way. Next time we give information, we will reveal his name. It doesn’t have much to do with anything else, though.

We’re looking forward to it. Will it be a name associated with the weather or the skies, following Cloud, Squall, Tidus, etc.?

Nomura: I thought “should we stop with the weather names, already?” but the FFXIII team named heirs Lightning, and so Versus XIII will follow suit.

Lightning’s name was quite a surprise, wasn’t it?

Nomura: Lightning’s name also surprised me, even though I was already familiar with her. If they started to use another name at this late date, I wouldn’t be able to get used to it, though.
Posted 2/11/08
Haha, I read this not too long ago.
Posted 2/11/08
It's probably like Storm or Tempest or soemthing =p
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Posted 2/12/08
i thought the name Lightning was just a codename...

N E way, Tesuya rocks!!!
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Posted 2/12/08
Rain wud be a cool name
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Posted 2/13/08
Scarlet Reign would be a badass name dude!
Posted 2/15/08
I think he'd be hot no matter what name they give him...
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Posted 2/18/08
i hear that he is going to be talkavie. hope he doesn't have a high voice.
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Posted 2/20/08
cool looking forward to their personalities
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vizard890 wrote:

i hear that he is going to be talkavie. hope he doesn't have a high voice.


or a super-nasal one... although i'd take the japanese voice over english dub any day, no matter how high or nasaly!
Posted 2/21/08
his name might be nacht or storm.
Posted 2/22/08
They're gonna screw it up...

I remember seeing him and going "FINALLY A cool dark character!" But no.
He doesn't have to be gloomy to be dark MORON!
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Posted 3/10/08
will you please stop suggesting names... you're all spoiling it... =D

fans! let's wait in silence and pray that SE will make a great game once more!!!



by the way, i'm so much intrigued with the protagonist of versus xiii.... i wonder what would he be like???
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Posted 3/14/08
Ok, so when i can i play it haha
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Someone told me his name is Cloud...But going from to is highly unlikely. Storm Cloud?
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