Monday, July 08, 2013

Box art déjà vu

A few weeks ago, the folks at Nippon Ichi opened the proverbial floodgates related to its upcoming (it'll be released in Japan on Sept. 26) PS3-based ARPG, Arcadias no Ikusa Hime.

Shortly after it released a bunch of stunning screenshots of this Odin Sphere-esque game, in fact, it also unveiled its beautiful box art:

Call me crazy, but the first thing that came to mind after I stumbled across the box art above was the imagery that will front Japanese copies of another coming-soon-to-a-store-near-you PS3 title, Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

Granted, this kind of "arrange all of the game's characters in a circle" design is hardly new--see the cover art produced for Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, among others--but I was still a bit shocked when I realized just how similar the two examples above are to one another.

See also: 'Let's Play: Which Box Art is Better? (Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn edition)'


michaelstearns said...

They sure are similar! Even the grey patterns in the corners kind of corresponds to the faded characters outside the main circle in the FF cover. I do like this one better though, I like that it's easier to see the characters more clearly, I think that cartoony style is better suited to this sort of thing. Of course, thanks to those white outlines that pop everything so well, it also looks a bit more like they just arranged a bunch of random character art in a circle rather than creating something new. But I like it a lot anyhow. :) said...

I agree with pretty much everything you've said here, Michael--especially the part about the Nippon Ichi art being less messy/easier to see. Thanks!