People actually cared about Rydgea? I forgot about him until I read his fragment in XIII-2
He had the best line in XIII about idealism.
As far as F&V go, He wouldn't risk it. They're too popular as characters, he might get a way with it if it was Snow or Hope. Nobody is safe as Big T even killed off his favorite character. --- The contents of this post may not reflect the views of the poster.
What, do you expect him to really bring back every character from the last games? God, that's so much WORK. Might as well either kill them off off-camera, have them appear for thirty seconds in unsatisfying cameos, or forget they exist at all. Like Rygdea, remember him? Toriyama sure doesn't, or if he does, he'll never admit it.