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One of the more buzz-building facts of Final Fantasy Versus XIII that was disclosed at the conference was that the game would be designed by the pair of teams responsible for Kingdom Hearts II and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. In fact, Tetsuya Nomura was confirmed as the concept and character designer for the entire Fabula Nova Crystallis series, as well as the director of Final Fantasy Versus XIII.
Nomura announced that the footage shown was designed by the Advent Children crew, while the in-game "extreme action" will be designed by the Kingdom Hearts team. He told journalists on hand to imagine what both teams could create when working together. He also provided a slight amount of insight to "Versus", which will feature a modern environment and "emotional, realistic characters and a storyline that has "bonding as the underlying theme."
The entirely-CG trailer for Final Fantasy Versus XIII began with a statement describing an isolated nation protected by kings, which apparently, is the last country in the world trying to protect itself from invading heretics. The camera slowly zoomed in on a man sitting (or perhaps, slumping) on a throne, apparently dejected about events around him. Suddenly the man stands up, and walking outside of his throne room, opens the door to what appears to be a large courtyard outside filled with armed soldiers -- bodies are strewn about the stairs.
It doesn't look like the odds are good for the nameless character as he walks out of his building. Every soldier in attendance turns and trains their guns on the man while he walks down the steps. However, as they open fire, every single bullet misses its mark. The camera pans up to show that the powerful figure is protected by some kind of energy shield that deflects any incoming projectiles. Suddenly the man raises his hand, and a number of swords materialized out of thin air, which quickly begins to spin around him. Just as it seems like the figure will release the weapons towards his opponents, the trailer flashes the "Versus XIII" logo and ends. The character's name wasn't revealed to journalists.
Preview by IGN