In The 3rd Birthday players will be able to get a costume that changes Aya Brea into Lightning. This transformation is more than a wardrobe change. Speaking with Dengeki, Tetsuya Nomura said the costume changes her voice will too. Aya takes battle damage in her Lightning outfit, which, if damaged enough, will reveal Lightning’s L’Cie mark.
Final Fantasy fansite FF-Reunion also reports there are more costumes in the game, which also have different voice acting. Players, according to Nomura, will be able to feel the amazing strength of Aya’s voice actress.
Nomura designed a number of characters for The 3rd Birthday. Originally, it was just going to be Aya and Eve. After seeing designs for Hyde and Boss, Nomura wanted to draw those characters too. There are still unannounced characters that Nomura worked on, but Nomura was quick to remind Dengeki that not every character he designed is important.
Director Hajime Tabata says The 3rd Birthday is 85-90% complete. Right now the team is fine tuning the system and debugging. Tabata notes Tokyo Game Show demo build will be different from the final game. There are a number of systems which were not shown, including a hidden part that will show Aya’s strength.