Nintendo has revealed the box art for the latest installment in the Fire Emblem franchise, and fans have some major complaints about the design. Particularly, many people have taken offense to the position of one of the characters and his weapon.
The art features five characters from the upcoming Fire Emblem: Three Houses; the male and female versions of the player avatar, Edelgard von Hræsvelgr, Dimitri Alexandre Bladud, and Claude von Regan. Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude, the largest and most colorful part of the design, are the obvious focus. This is also the part of the design that fans have taken the most issue with, especially Claude.
Fire Emblem fans on Reddit and Twitter were quick to point out that Claude looks out of place. Not only is he upside-down, but he is slightly left of center. This wouldn't even be so bad, except that the part of his bow extending below the light flash is farther to the right. It almost looks like someone mirror flipped the top part of his bow and forgot to flip the bottom part too.
Some fans, however, believe that the appearance of the bow is not a mistake. There are several theories currently in circulation, some more serious than others. The most plausible explanation is that the bow is curved, and the light flash is just placed unfortunately.
Another, less likely, explanation is that the flash is causing a light refraction, making the bow appear bent.
Besides Claude, there are other complaints fans have made about the Three Houses box art design as a whole. Many people have said that the characters don't seem to be interacting to create a scene, it's more like someone flipped and rotated standard combat art of Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude so that all three of their weapons would intersect.
Others have said that the avatars on the bottom look like an afterthought, or as though they're just meant to fill space. The castle behind them also looks like a space-filler, and doesn't say anything about the world the game takes place in.
Obviously, it's not the worst box art ever created, but by Nintendo and Fire Emblem standards, the Three Houses box art is definitely a step down from previous releases. The good news is that the design hasn't been printed yet, so there's still time for Nintendo to make some adjustments before the final release.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is set to release for the Nintendo Switch on July 26th.