* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Rika was initially meant to be Nei herself from PhantasyStarII as was said by Tohoru Yoshida in an interview; conflict within the staff compelled him to make subtle alterations to keep Rika in.
** The game was originally supposed to get a full remake that would have been at ''least'' on par with the PS2 remakes of ''PhantasyStar'' and ''{{Phantasy Star II}}'', but it was cancelled when they decided to retool the PS2 Sega Ages series as straight ports.To twist the knife deeper, this ''also'' resulted in the [[NoExportForYou US releases of the other remakes being cancelled]], as they were planned to be released in a compilation set with this one.
** An early concept for the game would have seen Alis[[SpellMyNameWithAnS (a)]] returning to the series, and this is what ''PhantasyStar Gaiden'' was setting up for.