Perhaps not surprisingly, a few scans from some Japanese publication or another have been drifting around the Internet to reveal the terrible, terrible fact that Penelo and Vaan are putting in cameos in Final Fantasy Tactics A2.
I guess Balthier was too busy with the original Tactics to muck around with Ivalice continuity again, so they made up for it by lending Vaan his shirt.
And that puts me of two minds for this news: on one hand, I’m annoyed, because I’d really like to think the Ivalice games are good enough that they don’t need to pander — loosely-intimated connections between titles should be enough. (We’ll forgive Cloud’s presence in FFT since franchise-whoring was untested territory for Square at the time.) On the other hand, with Vaan’s horrible filth-encrusted abdominal carapace covered, for the first time he now actually looks kinda… respectable.
And now that I think about it, FFTA2 will need all the help it can get if it turns out to be as lousy as its predecessor.