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