Nomura says that this version of Cloud is probably the closest visually to capturing the personality of the original Cloud I.E to clarify this phrase that’s been thrown about so often from the partial snippets we got a while back – Nomura is commenting on how the visual design reflects Cloud’s persona, and they go on to say that visually, they’ve designed him in a way that captures the way Cloud was not a cool guy in the original game – how he was actually a f***up just putting on a strong front.

They say he looks “real/very very young” this time around, and contrasts him to the AC Cloud, implying a very drastic change from that.