Square Enix has changed the Sage job icon in Final Fantasy XIV after learning that some players expressed concerns about trypophobia.
Trypophobia is the aversion, fear, or disgust of irregular or patterned clusters of holes, bumps, and the like. The original Sage job icon featured three holes clustered together that made some uncomfortable and now, those holes are no longer present in the icon.
“When we released new details for Sage and Reaper on the special site, we also included their icons, not thinking that they were particularly big reveals,” FFXIV producer and director Naoki Yoshida said in a new blog post. “However, we soon received feedback from players all over the world, who told us that the Sage icon made them uncomfortable or fearful.”
Yoshida explained that the severity in reaction to trypophobia ranges from person to person and that just because one image such as the Sage icon causes one person’s trypophobia doesn’t mean it affects somebody else’s.
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“But regardless of such differences, you have given us your earnest feedback, and there’s still time to change things,” Yoshida continues in the blog post. “Considering also the fact that job icons are prominently visible in the game, and that they also appear on merchandise, we’ve made the decision to redesign the sage icon.”
Here’s an image of the new Sage icon:
Photo Credit: Square Enix
The original icon was mostly identical to the new icon above but the three pillar-like symbols each had a hole in them. You can check it out in a side-by-side comparison to the new one at this Reddit link if you’re curious about the change. Yoshida said the design concept behind the icon remains unchanged, however.
“The design concept is unchanged, with the icon being based on the four nouliths which form the sage’s armament,” Yoshida said. “The holes in the original design were added for detail, but they ended up appearing as a cluster. To address the problem, the new icon reduces the holes while accentuating the design concept.”
Yoshida said the team expects inevitable comparisons, with some players possibly preferring the original icon, but that the team