I would agree with Lozmoid also. I guess it would have been fine by me if they had left off the flags… if they had done that in the first place we wouldn’t have had our previous discussion. I would agree that this new one looks more or less ‘boring’ in comparison to others I have seen. It also seems somewhat less creative. But hey… it is what it is, and I am still excited for it.
I don’t have a problem with the flags, nor the choice of a french flag there; there’s logical reasoning behind it.
Flags, because Pacific 40 box has flags in the center as well, and since the 2 games are supposed to be playable as a whole, the box art should reflect this to some degree.
A french flag, not because French was the prima donna of the war, but because France will be the main newly added aspect in the new game (and possible the center of the action).
So, about content, i think art director & illustrator did a decent job. Visually, well… it fits the series.
And yes, it’s what’s inside the box that counts!