The Missing Member of Class Zero Is DeadHence the graves in the latest trailer.
Said Missing Member was named CaterThey died because Four Is Death.
The card based names are codenamesThey don't seem to have any last names to speak of, even though their country seems to use them. And the theme naming is a little too on the nose. Magical Academy setting with him as The Ace and his various acquaintances as team mates. Thus Dotachi became a archer with a perchance for grumbling, Celty became a white haired bishojo but kept her scythe, Shizuo is basically himself with his shades and streetposts replaced with a lance and scar respectively, and Shinra turned from Mad Scientist to mad king. Since Walker didn't know much about the cute Reira girl with glasses and huge breasts he turned her into a flutist. Izaya got his personality altered because otherwise he'll completely overshadow everyone else. Also, he made sure that the policeman with the red-scarf who gave them a ticket several times died a horrible death and ended up forgotten by everyone (though he got extra scenes later since he was actually kinda cool). Togusa and Erika are also in the game except they insisted on being the super secret bonus boss that can only be reached on the fifth playthru with no damage taken at any time, hence why no one has seen them yet.
The Diva that narrates the game is Lightning, post Final Fantasy XIII-2After getting Taken for Granite at the end of the normal ending, she saw that world in the form of illusions. And through the eyes and power of Etro, she was given a physical form in that world. That and she has the same voice actor as Lightning.
Jack is Demyx's OtherAs it was stated above, the card based names are codenames. Jack's real name is Myde, Emyd or something that could be anagrammed into Demyx. One wonders why Demyx became so apathetic, though. As for his age, Leon is older than Squall, Rai, Fuu and Seifer are younger than their Final Fantasy VIII selves.
Rise from The Ashes is a Sequel Hook or a future gameAnd the game will involve Alternate universe versions of Class Zero, set in a word similar to Orience in motif but based more on Feudal Japan
The happy ending is actually......Class Zero's version of paradise beyond Etro's Gate. They finally get to live the kind of lives they wanted in the afterlife. The fact that we see Kurasame and Emina, and also hear about Izana -who have also died- implies this.
Tiz was a black mageHer clothing style from FF Agito is very similar to that of a black mage (complete with a pointy hat!). If she were a playable character, she would probably have the strongest black magic out of all the characters.