BludgeonedRose wrote:Damn, spoke too soon.
Here's the explanation for the characters.
Characters such as York and Miko are exclusive characters to this game, and so is May, Vivi, Cece, Mimi, Judas, Troy, Raizen, Anesha, Lazarus and Augustine.
Characters such as Morrigan and Etna are from different games, hence the name "Cross Edge"
If you don't know all of the characters from different games, you're not really missing out on the story of Cross Edge.
Well the issue I think the OP was having is that since Cross Edge, Trinity Universe, and I guess you can count Hyperdimension Neptunia for being crossovers, that you would have to play the games where the characters come from to understand these crossover games. But since the story is all original, having these characters in the game, doesn't make much of a difference since there isn't really any story spoilers for their games they come from.
You can really just treat these crossover characters as like cameos who help out a new, original story that has nothing to do with the games they are from. But for those who already played the original games they are from, it's mostly just fan-service to see a few of your favorite characters and seeing them in a different game.