At least you'll be able to play as classic Phantasy Star characters.
Once you clear at least 50 floors in the bonus dungeon
You also need to beat the Iseria Queen five times. And each time she gets harder. Also you need to beat the final boss with the Limiter Off.
No game Tri-Ace game requires this and the only time a bonus character was offered was in Radiata Story, in an easy bonus dungeon, and to get Lenneth from VP.
Also, god forbid a game that offers new challenges from the main content and different difficulties. :P
Didn't Freya only join in the Gate in VP2?
But either way, yes I did go overboard there for a bit. I forgot that Tri-Ace aren't the ones who get somewhat sadistic with bonus dungeons/content (they're the ones who sadistically offer powerleveling and min/maxing options for spergs that require far more effort to utilize than they're worth).
She did, but so did 2 other characters, and you could do it on your first try, not 5th, and you get a new one in every "section", not every 50 floors. :P
Anyways, two each their own. I personally enjoyed the varied battle systems and customization; and it's at least one of few titles that let you (and encourage you) to forego any grinding to utilize the game systems. FFX's was a bit more simplified to invading other people's Sphere Grids and getting badass weapons (though that
might be too simplified).
I wasn't trying to phrase my hyperbole as a complaint. I love Tri-Ace (and their crazy stat building and bonus bosses) and was sad to hear about their financial troubles.
I'm hoping it's a phase like Squeenix or Capcom is/was in.
But yeah, their early titles are some of my favorites and to think how far they've fallen bums me the fuck out.