Westerners, once again, get the less-than-fabulous box art for Final Fantasy XII on the Switch.
For the majority of cases, the Japanese release of games get the awesome box art and the North American release gets some generic garbage that seems like it was made from MS Paint. When it comes to the upcoming FFXII: The Zodiac Age for the Nintendo Switch, this proves once again that we got shafted. The US/EU versions are nothing to gawk at.
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The art style looks strikingly similar to the game’s western PS4 release way back in 2017. This is because they were both drawn and designed by the same character designer- Akihiko Yoshida. The styles are very similar, but the content is vastly different between the two games. As with many games that run in a series, the art style remains the same for everything: graphics, design, and even cover art. This is especially true for long-running series like the Tales games.
The Zodiac Age’s box art has less of the game’s cast on the cover with just Vaan, Penelo, Fran, Balthier, and Ashelia. They’re standing in various poses with Ashelia taking the center stage.
So far, the US/EU versions are nothing but unremarkable. Switch fans in the west may have a reversible option similar tot he PS4 version.
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will come out for the Switch on April 30. Square Enix has also annouced that FF X/X-2 HD launch will launch just two weeks before The Zodiac Age, so there will be plenty to keep fans busy.
The Nintendo Switch version is the last chance for something kinda decent in terms of box art. Let’s see what we’ll get.