+Presumably from Weekly Shonen Jump, the focus is heavy on the white-haired boy seen in the E3 2009 trailer. The article states that his name is Hope Estheim.
According to the details revealed about him, his weapon is a boomerang. There's also a bit of friction between himself and Snow, following the events occurring in the demo when Hope's mother falls from a ruined bridge. To add to that, a point is made about his short temper. Also mentioned is how he hugs Vanille.
Speaking of Vanille, her weapon is described as being similar to a fishing rod. Enemies are struck by a needle on the end of the wire. Also in line with battles, Lightning's limit break has been revealed to be called Area Blast. Sounds flashy and, knowing Square Enix