I designed and created this image with the intention of it being a magazine cover for FS2.  Instead it ended up becoming the box cover.

My concerns in the design were leaving room for titles and copy on the top and shoulders while maintaining a strong rhythm and visual flow to guide the viewers’ eye around the piece.  Additionally, “beam weapons” were a big new feature in the game and I made an obvious effort to showcase them 🙂

I remember being amazed while working on an image of this size back in 1998, some 6600×8400 pixels. That’s the equivalent of a 55mp image today, but on much more primitive hardware.