WARNING: SOME OF YOU MAY CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING AS A SPOILER.
@Mattwo7 said in Add More People of Color to the Game:
@Fiona-Respha That's not what I heard, though I can't recall where I heard it. You got a source yourself?
Unfortunately, no source that the dev clearly stated that. I think I heard about the dev commented EP 6 is not only the end of the Photoner story, but concludes all of the stories starting from EP 1.
As an indirect source, an article on Dengeki PlayStation Vol. 675 says "EP6 story, which will finish the Photoner Story,". The PDF is available from here (https://dengekionline.com/articles/281/), the header of page 12 has this.
Dengki, as well as Famitsu, are the only 2 media who got actual collab events in-game, so their comments are somehow reliable, but it's far from dev saying EP 6 is the end of the current story.
Also the EP 5 world guide (this - https://www.amazon.co.jp/ファンタシースターオンライン2-EPISODE5-設定資料集-電撃ゲーム書籍編集部/dp/4049125951) has some remark on this. You can ask someone who have this guide for a confirmation.
In the dev Q & A column of page 40, there is a dev anser like "using 2 episodes 'EP5' and 'EP6', we constructed the scenario (of EP 5) considering how to make a climax toward the 'EP6' finale" (sorry for a bad translation). This is a dev remark, but it's not clearly stating EP 6 is the end either.
Anyway, on the next week, there is a livestream which is expected to reveal a lot of things about the roadmap, I'd like to wait for that before going further into this.
From here, it's about the OP and not a response to Mattwo7. I totally agree with the OP. Maybe it's hard to affect the main story, but there always is a room for additional system NPCs. Especially class founders can stay in ARKS lobby regardless of the episode played. I fear the 4th Psion class coming in this summer is too late for JP SEGA to reflect the lessons in NA, I'm looking forward to the future updates.