Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Box Art From Around The World

By Spencer . November 17, 2013 . 12:35pm

Square Enix made four different covers for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Japan’s box art has a close up of Lightning’s face. The game also launches throughout Asia this week, but with pink lights behind her. Here’s a look at the many faces of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.













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  • AuraGuyChris

    Vote for your best boxart, people!

    I’ll go for Korea because of the pink background.

  • kamikki

    I wanted the white classic Final Fantasy cover.. But at least the Euro/Japanese cover is better than the American one.

  • P4ine

    japan too close up, europe/america too distant, korea just perfect

    • In my opinion America is too distant while Europe is just right. Korea and Japan is pretty ok if you like near full coverage.

      [edit – Just noticed that Korea cover is too bright unless it’s darker than that in real life]

  • Vesperion

    Korea’s box art has that swag

  • Europe’s best imo, perfect distance of character, the nice blue background of the JPN cover. Korea’s is nice I guess, although, the background isn’t doing it for me personally.

    Lol America.

    • Vesperion

      I guess the American art is keeping the trend like with the last 2 games

    • Juan Andrés Valencia

      I nearly upchucked when I saw the american one. It’s horrendous compared to the other ones. I hope it haves a reversible cover.

  • TheExile285

    Japan and Korea have the best IMO. Crazy how a color difference and slight angle change makes the NA one look so meh >_>

  • ndjn3979

    Europe takes the cake, America at dead last as usual


    Meh. As long as Lightning is on the cover I’ll take it :P

  • Rishtopher

    Really love Europe’s design. I’ve always wanted to know what went into the design choices. I assume it’s the marketing division that does it, but it would be cool to see a report saying how X population responded best to Y design because of Z.

  • John Diamond

    wow pink lights behind a girl wow how sexist omg why couldn’t it be red wow square not buying any more i can’t i’m sorry

  • SaveTheDay

    Japanese one has my preference, but I’ll be okay with the Europe box. (living in EU)

  • Randgriz

    Loving Europes cover, thank god i live in europe

  • BizarreJelly

    Europe wins this round for me.

    Edit: Though I do miss the old Final Fantasy tradition of classic white background with the title + Amano art piece.

    • Detrimont

      it doesn’t have the traditional cover because there is no amano logo this time

  • Bunzi

    I wonder how many people would be hating on the American cover if it were the Japanese one, instead? It’s the same image at the end of the day, so I can’t say I have a preference.

    • revenent hell

      Its the coloring.
      The background contrasts better because its not …blank…really. Plus as a female I don’t need to see curves to know they are there… The face shot is simple, clean and pretty; Something that calls to me aesthetically more than tits and skin and paleness.
      If it was the Japanese one I’d still dislike it.

  • Yvonne Tsang

    Japan’s is great. Lightning up close, since the story really is centred around her. The blue works better than the pink, I think; the latter’s a bit overbearing with her already pink hair. Prefer the font style on Japan’s vs. Korea’s as well.

  • EU ^^ looks great

  • Loli Summoner

    Europe’s looks the best IMO,and the u.s looks lame >.> well…at least its white like ff13 and ff13-2 right.

  • 하세요

    I actually like the USA one the most. Japan and Europe look way too close to Mass Effect covers. Korea’s is pretty cool too.

  • Amazingly, I prefer the American one. There’s a change. I miss when Japanese box art was more… Japanese. Also, that logo. Ick. What is it, a movie about fast cars and guns?

  • Chaos_Knight

    Korea and Europe are the best ones.

    • Zangetsu777


    • Learii

      yep and American got the wrost

  • I think the American one needed a clear shot of the boobies without being too zoomed or the logo getting in the way. “Lightning Returns: With a Bigger Cup Size”

    • If that was true, why didn’t the Japanese do the same for their boxart, isn’t Japan a bit perverted too??

      • I do not have the answers to this question which you seek. I wonder if they have separate marketing departments (I would assume so).

  • Masa

    damn, that is some pretty artwork!

  • KrazyBean

    Europe won.

  • revenent hell

    The only one I don’t like is the one I will probably get the America one.
    Its so bleh in comparison to the pretty colors of the others though I like Japan’s the best

  • greavah

    Are we getting any collector’s edition’s in EU?

    • revenent hell

      You know, I was wondering about a collectors edition (not for Europe per say) but in general. I cant remember reading anything about one for Japan, Europe or America. I just kind of assumed they would have one since the first two games did, cant see why they wouldn’t for the third

  • HyperDrive

    america has the sexy curves on lightning. sexy wins on NA.

  • SpaceOfSoul

    Much lightning
    Many covers

  • kangms872

    korea looks great

  • DCBlackbird

    I’ll miss the Amano covers but these covers are much more eye catching. Good one on ya SE

  • Detrimont

    imo Korea looks great, but they used the in game title font/colour for the title, which makes in partially not ledgible.
    Europes is probably the best from a design standpoint

  • Is SE thinking that only with sex you can sell video games in America? The America’s box art is the only one with the title so small that you probably won’t even notice it when you are staring at Lightning’s boobs.

    America’s just looks wrong. I do like the natural white background, but I’ve had enough with the “hey look at my boobs!”

    Europe wins with Japan as the runner up.

    • Kaihedgie

      ” title so small that you probably won’t even notice it when you are staring at Lightning’s boobs.”

      Yes, because having the title of the game placed over the breasts is so much better.

      Your eyes will be drawn to the breasts either way. There is no stopping it

    • Japan is perverted too (ever watch hentai, ecchi anime, or play Dead or Alive), yet the Japanese boxart didn’t have a zoom-in on Lightning’s jugs.

  • Not liking the pink background; the blue creates a better contrast between Lightning and the background, so does the American one.

    Anhywho, I’m getting a steelbook case with that lovely EU boxart. Will go nicely with my XIII-2 one. :D

  • DuskSharkEX

    Europe gets my vote.

  • Josh Hanes

    America got the short end of the stick on the cover choice.

  • Syltique

    America’s is definitely the worst. My favorite is Japan’s.

    • pimpalicious

      Honestly I thought Japan’s is the worst, too close up for me. I like the US/Europe ones about the same, and don’t like the pink background on the Korean one.

  • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

    They literally slapped Lightning’s face in this game.

    There goes that Japanese minimalist Final Fantasy cover that has been going on for most of the franchise’s lifetime.

    Nobody gives a shit about Lightning anymore, Squeenix. Let her die in the annals of obscurity.

    • DCBlackbird

      Quite the contrary. I’m not a big fan of Lightning either, but one thing you have to realize is the business world is harsh. By that I mean they don’t experiment with triple A games, If it sells that means it’s popular and lucrative enough to make a sequel. The fact that XIII spawned not one but two sequels and novellas mean this part of the Final Fantasy mythos is popular. I can’t say that Lightning is the reason for said fame but her face is the most familiar in the Final Fantasy mythos at the moment. Remember when Final Fantasy was represented by Cloud and Sephiroth? Same thing regardless of what thoughts you may have of either characters. They’re eye candy and cool and just like sex they sell.

    • Kaihedgie

      Correction: YOU don’t give a shit about Lightning anymore

    • Lynx

      -Nobody gives a shit about Lightning anymore,

      Speak for yourself.
      I still do.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Shit posts like this are not welcome here. Find somewhere else to determine your world view is law and that view which must be everyone else’s. Warned.

    • Somber

      Your opinions are outdated. Just ‘Nobody’ prove that.

  • I like the Japanese cover the best (Korea had the same template but the pink/red background blends too much with the hair, the text is not light enough to be easily visible). Also there is point as to why we get such a close up shot of her, it’s the necklace; The necklace is a part of the “Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy” logo itself.

  • gRiMmYdArK13

    Why can’t Europe get Korea’s box art?

  • ZetaSiren

    Korea wins hands down

  • new_tradition

    Figures, I’m jealous of all the covers except the one we end up getting here, lol

  • Kornelious

    Either way I’m I know I’m gonna be upset when i put this next to the first two games and try to compare the two blank white titles on the games side to a rainbow.

  • Anthony Birken

    Europe’s looks amazing, next after is korea/japan, and ofc america is last…

  • Shady Shariest

    What. Europe’s cover is not a lazily cropped and edited version of America’s… What is going on!

  • Go2hell66

    they all look the same

    • DyLaN

      But the backgrounds are different except maybe JPN/Europe one just with different zoom…

  • LDM

    Question: who get’s to decided the cover art? Is it Square Enix themselves or their respected regional divisions?

    • Anime10121

      I think its up to each division…

  • ShinStar

    It’s a shame they aren’t using the traditional logo with Amano’s art in this version.

    Also, I like Japan and Korea’s the most even though I’m not a huge fan with just one character on the front box. I wonder what the Asian/Chinese version will look like…?

    • Randgriz

      Wow i never even realised there wasnt any amano art in this games creation at all… what the heck.

    • For Mainland China, I doubt that because consoles are currently ban. I would like to know what the Taiwanese and Hong Kong box art look like.

  • Guest

    North America is getting the worst cover because they designed it to match the taste of Americans, see also Mega Man NES covers.

  • Virevolte

    Hum. They’re doing it right (maybe…?).

    I’m European and i’m totally fine with my cover. I wonder how they’re deciding this.

  • Demeanor

    Beautiful!!!!! I like Japan’s the most, but Europe (my region) is good too!!!!

  • Rafael Martines

    Dat Boobs!

  • Altumn

    I like the simple cover of the American one, thought I don’t like the blur effect on her. But I like how they kept the covers for the trilogy similar (thats why I think she’s farther). I also like the Japanese one using the necklace as part of the logo.

    In my opinion I think the reasons add to the looks, you just have to dissect it.

  • Hm let me give you my top box ranking based on how it appeal to me:

    1. Europe (the background seem to appeal to me)
    2. Japan (well the close-up seem to make it appealing to me)
    3. Korea (the pink background makes this a bit interesting. No my K-pop/Hallyu is not effecting my judgement)
    4. USA (I thought it was OK, but I wish it would be a bit better)

  • Luis Ibal

    All of them are good imho. Japanese or European are my favorite because i like blue more lol.

  • Mimi

    no fair japan’s the best!

  • AnimusVox

    I like Europe’s

  • Ronldbx6

    I thought all the covers were supposed to be like the Japanese one. That was the first cover I saw of the game.

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