The Missing Member of Class Zero Is Dead
Hence the graves in the latest trailer.
Said Missing Member was named Cater
They died because Four Is Death
The card based names are codenames
They 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.
Walker had always wanted to create a game with a 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. After 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 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
And 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 mage
Her 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.