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.
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
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.
Indeed. Not exactly T&A here.
Just T here, it's not my favorite T, but that's okay.
I wouldn't of even noticed. Someone must get easily aroused.
Why does the 360 version get to see more? 🙁
haha thats awesome!
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
because the PS3 version is classier 😉
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?
So the Xbots can wank to 😉
^HA!^ Comment of the day.
Let the poor bastards have something.
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
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.
They have to compromise the heavier game package.
@ Oxvial, you got it right on the money.
I don't want a weaker US version cover, S-E.
Its for western countries 😀 😀 😀
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.
her leg is out. so.
Last edited by Zorigo on 12/1/2009 12:56:03 PM
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.
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!
I love it. Lightning is a babe and good on SE for dropping the queers for an actual woman.
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
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.
You have slept long enough my friend, wake up and play, breath the free air.
Im almost as bad.
I only played FF10-2 coz i got it as a present.
I will never touch another FF game.
Shadey you picked the wrong game to play man.
Square Enix could do much better because this look crap.
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!
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.
yeah I don't like that flat white background, Tidus had the whole ocean behind him in a similar pose.
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.
My word, this girly is a cutie.
I dunno, I like it. Sometimes simpler is better.
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.
i didn't realize this site issued censors for pictures lol
lol yeah good
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.
i think its pretty good although a better background wouldnt hurt
THIS IS A SIN!
The european box art is ment to just have the logo with a white background! This is against tradition! *Growls*
Yea I know, maybe times changed.
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.
It feels like yesterday a lot of us were saying the same thing when Square jumped ship from Nintendo to Sony 😉 The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Mw2 fan much? 😉
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.
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.