Yes we are aware of the fact that this is about the twentieth time that we’ve ‘revealed’ Halo 3 box art but this time we’re fairly certain that this is really the final box art that’s going to be in stores this Fall. The new boxart first popped up on Xbox.com though it was just a tiny thumbnail then. Now Amazon.com, Gamestop and EBGames updated their listings with the new art. Amazon previously had that box art with all the watermarks, which has now been updated to the new cover, suggesting that this is indeed the real deal.
Without an official announcement we don’t know anything for certain but we’re fairly sure that this is indeed the final art. First of there’s the M for Mature ESRB logo, until now the box art always had a RP certificate. The art isn’t new, it’s the Emotion wallpaper that has been up on Bungie.net since April 27th. There are some differences between the artwork on Bungie.net and that on the boxart though. The changes are very subtle and they can easily be achieved with some photoshopping, but it’s not like Amazon.com took the artwork and slapped some logos on there to make another placeholder. We’ll let you know if we get the final word from Microsoft on the box art but we’re willing to bet 2 Brute Grenades that this is indeed the final art.