Tanaka: Regarding other races, we can't really make any comments at the moment, so please look forward to future announcements. About the balance of each race - it's different from FFXI. This time it's not going to be so much different from the beginning, as in unique racial skills per race, it really depends on which skills you select by yourself and how you're going to grow your character - then that is really going to affect your lifestyle. The abilities and stuff aren't really going to be affected by the race you select. You can just select by the appearance.
No doubt the naysayers will say I'm reading too much into these interviews, but the information is there for those willing to look for it!
I'm still hard at work trying to decipher the release date; solo vs. party dynamic; whether we'll be able to jump and swim; and, how to unlock Moogles with great axes.