Tetsuya Nomura spoke with Dengeki about Final Fantasy Versus XIII. One of the topics in the interview was Noctis who Nomura said he’s surprisingly not cool and just an ordinary young man. A hot-blooded man who thinks he is stronger than he is. Noctis, who was explained before is a prince, has a group of followers.
One of them is a blonde boy with a gun. He’s a diplomat from another country and one of Noctis’ new friends. The blonde boy excels with firearms. Control him to manually aim at weak points on an enemy. Other characters have auto-aiming. The other characters are childhood friends. One of them wears glasses and acts like a strategist, often butting heads with Noctis. You can have up to three characters in a party at a time, but other characters will stick around for event scenes. Dengeki explains you will be able to switch characters in the opening of the game.
The field is a natural world map with topography and a time system. Final Fantasy Versus XIII switches between day and night. Obstacles can be razed on the field, like a bridge that’s sent flying after a behemoth charges into it. Events are said to be seamless and take place in real-time. Noctis can also commandeer enemy vehicles like tanks, airships, and chocobos.
Nomura confirms the main in the suit is the king and Noctis’ father, but the monologue in the trailer about "not becoming a king" was not directed at Noctis. He also says the armored clad woman seen in the trailer is not Stella. The mysterious woman is a dragoon with a modern day style and an enemy.
Nomura also asks fans to be patient with Final Fantasy Versus XIII. This year, he says, Dissidia 012[duodecim]: Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Type-0, and Final Fantasy XIII-2 are slated for release so please forget about Versus XIII for awhile. A release target has not set, Nomura stresses quality of the game is important. At the earliest time, the next follow-up report will be at E3.