I respect anyone who defines what "Final Fantasy" is a bit more liberally than I do. I've been waiting a while for a game that aligns with my own definition though, and it has been a bit of a lonely wait. Watching this trailer, I felt like I was watching a trailer for a Final Fantasy game. The visuals, the character designs, the monsters simply look like the next Final Fantasy game. I like how Encephalon put it:
Reminds me of FFVIII, with its breezy euro charm. I much prefer a more grounded riff on real-world architecture to the neon future stylings of FFXIII. The character designs are a bit much with everyone in color-matching black leather, but it's a welcome come-down from Kingdom Hearts' unbridled gaudiness.
Agreed on every point.
And then, when that prelude music starts at the end...
I'm looking forward to this one.
Oh, and one final note: They had better work in the victory fanfare. XIII didn't and that me the biggest of the game's many flaws.