Sage is one of the upcoming new jobs Final Fantasy 14 As part of the Endwalker expansion, the class of healers that fight with four floating blades are called nouliths. Its icon represents those four weapons, and the MMO designers probably didn’t expect it to receive such a strong reaction as it did.
Producer and director Naoki Yoshida wrote in Update, “Not to think that it was particularly big. However, we soon received comments from players from all over the world, who told us that the sage symbol made them uncomfortable or scared.”
It’s because of Trypophobia, an irrational aversion to clusters of small, irregular holes. Since all articles on the Internet are obligated to state that it is not a recognized condition in medical science. But if you’ve ever seen a picture of lotus antlers or Surinamese frogs (those whose young hatch from a beehive from the pockets embedded in their backs) and feel your skin crawl, you understand the sensation. The theory is that it’s related to our inner fears of bugs and decaying flesh, and the pictorial that imparts patterns of holes on human skin makes me wish I hadn’t googled them. But then I think the holes in the little pancakes make them look gross.
Anyway, the file original design of sig icon inspired Thread in Japanese FF14 forum This is currently 24 pages long. It turns out that people have strong feelings about things that look like a bunch of holes (design Three camera lenses for iPhone 11 Pro had a similar effect).
the redesigned icon It retains the concept of the four blades, but no longer emphasizes the holes in them. “The design concept has not changed,” Yoshida wrote, “as the icon is based on the four noliths that make up the sage’s weapon. The holes in the original design were added for more detail, but they ended up looking like a set. To address the issue, the new icon minimizes gaps while highlighting the design concept. Now, comparisons will inevitably be made, and some of you may prefer the original design. But we believe designs like this are things that grow on you as you play the mission, and we ask for your understanding as we head to the Endwalker.”
Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker It is scheduled to be released on November 23.