Update: Well, it seems this will be the box art for North America, too, so…better get used to it.  This is supposedly "official," but we're not saying it's 100% just yet.

Original Story:

Okay, so many of you weren't the biggest fans of the rumored finalized box art for the Japanese version of Final Fantasy XIII . But maybe you'll like this better.

As revealed by Joystiq , this is apparently the FFXIII box art that will be seen on store shelves in the UK. This one still features the main character, Lightning, but unlike the Japanese version, she isn't riding her My Little Pony. Recent studies and surveys have found that box art is crucial to eventual sales success, although we get the feeling that FF fans will buy this one regardless of the picture on the case. Now, the only other notable aspect of this design is that Lightning seems to be a bit more…erm…revealed than past FF characters. She's showing a great deal of thigh on that box and while that's not necessarily surprising in the world of video games, it is a little surprising in the Final Fantasy universe. We can all remember Tifa's rack and Rikku's shedding of her Al-Bhed uniform, but for the most part, Square-Enix hasn't placed T&A in the limelight for their flagship franchise. It can be found, surely, but on the box itself…?

We'll have to see how the fans respond but seriously, I'd rather not see my fellow FF aficionados getting all indignant because of a little thigh. Let's not waste time focusing on it, okay? The game's gonna rule.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

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coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

OUTRAGE AND HATRED!!!

Really would anyone respond this way? I mean the industry is starting to slowly but surely be recognized as an adult industry as well as one for kids so when games that are more geared towards adults show a bit o' thigh then what is really the issue. I mean PG-13 movie posters have been known to have more provocative depictions so let's all just accept that times they are a-changing.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Indeed. Not exactly T&A here.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Just T here, it's not my favorite T, but that's okay.

Hezzron
Hezzron
11 years ago

I wouldn't of even noticed. Someone must get easily aroused.

EddPm6
EddPm6
11 years ago

Why does the 360 version get to see more? ๐Ÿ™

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
11 years ago

haha thats awesome!

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

yeah that one has a better angle.

still I don't like this box art I wanted something more artistic.


Last edited by Oxvial on 12/1/2009 1:15:04 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

because the PS3 version is classier ๐Ÿ˜‰

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

I noticed that. I think it has more to do with the target audience. Perhaps the broader more family based PS3 audience encourages a slightly less racey version of the cover art compared to the 360?

www
www
11 years ago

So the Xbots can wank to ๐Ÿ˜‰

EddPm6
EddPm6
11 years ago

^HA!^ Comment of the day.

fatelementality
fatelementality
11 years ago

Let the poor bastards have something.

Andysw
Andysw
11 years ago

Because the playstation 3 case has a banner printed on the cover. Look at the us cover of uncharted 2 cover compared to the uk cover.


Last edited by Andysw on 12/1/2009 3:02:14 PM

sonic1899
sonic1899
11 years ago

it's because as Oxvial said, a better angle. the ps3 box IS shorter than the xbox box and its possible that square didn't care if they 'minimized' or 'cropped' the picture to make it accurate.

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

They have to compromise the heavier game package.

fstop
fstop
11 years ago

@ Oxvial, you got it right on the money.

fatelementality
fatelementality
11 years ago

Most……responded to……..comment……..EVER!

King James
King James
11 years ago

I don't want a weaker US version cover, S-E.

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

Its for western countries ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

michiganfan1983
michiganfan1983
11 years ago

This definetly better than her riding her little pony. It will be interesting to see how SE does the NA box art, will they stick to how they did FFXII or will they go back to how they did FFX?

Ben is right though let's not get in a tissy here thigh is niether T nor A, although it does start with a T and is connected to the A. This game is gonna kick A, hopefully.

Zorigo
Zorigo
11 years ago

her leg is out. so.


Last edited by Zorigo on 12/1/2009 12:56:03 PM

Buckeyestar
Buckeyestar
11 years ago

Because slaughtering countless innocents in a bloody massacre is "artistic" while a bare leg is evil incarnate, such is this society's royally backward priorities.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
11 years ago

your still stuck on that? Have you seen Die Hard? Or any other movie for that matter? The game portraying that is even more far fetched than movies.

anyways this is not about MW2 this is about FF and theres nothing wrong with this cover at all. in fact i believe many tomb raider games showed Lara Croft this way as well. And on Heavenly Swords cover theres a lot more body shown! LEAVE IT BE!

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

I love it. Lightning is a babe and good on SE for dropping the queers for an actual woman.

sonic1899
sonic1899
11 years ago

just because she's showing some leg doesn't mean she's 'revealing'. now if she had on rikku's outfit, that's another story. one thing i wished they did was give some design in the background instead of just…white

tlpn99
tlpn99
11 years ago

I feel ashamed to say I don't know anyone who gets talked about as characters in this game. For those that don't know I have never played any single one now thats bad enough but considering there have been what 12 releases so far how did I miss them ? I must have been asleep or something.

The more I hear about this game, the more I want to play it.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

You have slept long enough my friend, wake up and play, breath the free air.

shaydey77
shaydey77
11 years ago

Im almost as bad.

I only played FF10-2 coz i got it as a present.

I will never touch another FF game.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Shadey you picked the wrong game to play man.

A2K78
A2K78
11 years ago

Square Enix could do much better because this look crap.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Well, I think SE threw the rulebook out the window concerning flesh when they made FFX-2. I was very disappointed when they covered Tifa's rack in Advent Children, what a waste…

Anyway, I hope I like Lightning's character. I'm usually not too partial to tomboys but we'll see.

Bring on the NA artwork!

www
www
11 years ago

As a graphic artist I must say this isn't the best. I expected a more concepty-arty look. Like with FFXII, we have Vaan,Balthier & co in some artwork on the cover. Same with Uncharted 2, we have Nate kinda sketched on the cover. This Lightning chic is too rendered against a flat white background.

Its still cool all the same. And oh, don't tell me is all about what's on the disc, am an artist so allow me to scrutinize.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

yeah I don't like that flat white background, Tidus had the whole ocean behind him in a similar pose.

www
www
11 years ago

Yea I remember FFX with that ocean around Tidus, that was also cool. I admire GTA box arts a lot, makes the non-gamer think its a cartoony game just by looking at the cover and will be later amazed at what's on the inside.

Wage SLAVES
Wage SLAVES
11 years ago

My word, this girly is a cutie.

gumbi
gumbi
11 years ago

I dunno, I like it. Sometimes simpler is better.

Hezzron
Hezzron
11 years ago

I agree. It's simple, sharp, focused, and most of all, classy. The North American crown usually has a "more is better" mentality, so we'll probably get a wild cover with as much as possible jammed all over it.

Hezzron
Hezzron
11 years ago

crowd…..not "crown".

sonic1899
sonic1899
11 years ago

i didn't realize this site issued censors for pictures lol

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

lol yeah good

Douchebaguette
Douchebaguette
11 years ago

Wow, this is ghey. They've actually broken the pattern of the EU and JPN cover art from it's original white background including the title only.

Deathb4Dishonor
Deathb4Dishonor
11 years ago

i think its pretty good although a better background wouldnt hurt

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

THIS IS A SIN!

The european box art is ment to just have the logo with a white background! This is against tradition! *Growls*

www
www
11 years ago

Yea I know, maybe times changed.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

HMPH!

Andysw
Andysw
11 years ago

I want to puke after seeing the xbox 360 cover of final fantasy XIII. A final fantasy game on an xbox console is just wrong.

telly
telly
11 years ago

It feels like yesterday a lot of us were saying the same thing when Square jumped ship from Nintendo to Sony ๐Ÿ˜‰ The more things change, the more they stay the same.

shaydey77
shaydey77
11 years ago

Mw2 fan much? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Solid Fantasy
Solid Fantasy
11 years ago

Knowing the typical American way. Our version will have Lightning bundled up in a thick sweater and pants. God forbid we see what humans really look like.
*ANGRY*

bearbobby
bearbobby
11 years ago

Very bland cover art. They should have gone with something more grand, something simple but at the same time forshadowing the epic nature of the game.