Koei Tecmo and Gust’s upcoming Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland had its box art revealed, and it seems as if the game went through a censorship grinder for as far as the character (and animal) art is concerned.
As you can see below, the Western PS4 version has the box cropped so that you can’t see Lulua’s legs or thighs. The Switch box art lets you see a little bit more of her, but both versions completely cut out the horse.
And yes, there is a vastly different design for the Japanese versions of the game. If you check out the original box art for release in Japan, you’ll note that not only do both the PS4 and Nintendo Switch versions of the game showcase all the leg and thigh an anime fan could ever hope to see.
What’s more is that both the Japanese box arts showcase something that’s completely cut out of the Western box art: the horse.
So for some weird reason the horse in the Western version is truncated from the box art on both the PS4 and Nintendo Switch versions of the game.
Why? I don’t know. Maybe the artists thought that Westerners hate horses?
Of course, the Western version of Atelier Lulua gets it the worst on the PS4, since not only is the horse cropped out of the photo but all of her legs are moved out of frame, too.
Some people think this is Sony’s PS4 censorship policies at play, but the Japanese version of the box art features Lulua’s legs and the full horse on display. And also, the Switch version of the box art in the West still cuts off the horse. So maybe this was just an odd decision passed down by the higher-ups at Koei Tecmo for whatever reason.
Anyway, you can see what the full artwork looks like below. The full version of Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland is available in Japan right now for pS4 and Switch. The game is due for release in the West starting May 21st.
(Thanks for the news tip Animatic and Zach Z)