FFXIV Sage Icon Redesigned to Avoid Triggering Trypophobia

The Sage is one two new jobs coming in FFXIV: Endwalker.
The Sage is one two new jobs coming in FFXIV: Endwalker. / Photo courtesy of Square Enix

Final Fantasy XIV's Sage icon has been changed to avoid triggering players who suffer from trypophobia.

FFXIV: Endwalker, the game's upcoming expansion, is set to bring a new playable job known as the Sage. The Sage can heal and buff teammates with shielding spells. Unfortunately, the icon for the job made many players who suffer from trypophobia uncomfortable.

FFXIV Sage Icon Redesigned to Avoid Triggering Trypophobia

Trypophobia is an aversion to patterns that include small holes or bumps. It's not officially recognized as a mental disorder, but in severe enough cases can be diagnosed as a phobia. People with milder cases more frequently express displeasure when seeing these patterns, but for some people the aversion is stronger.

The Sage icon showed four small holes clustered together, which some trypophobic players found disturbing.

FFXIV producer and director Naoki Yoshida announced he and the team had redesigned the icon in response to complaints from players.

"Considering also the fact that the 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," he wrote in a blog post published July 30.

"The design concept is unchanged, with the icon being based on the four nouliths which form the sage's armament. 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.

"Now, comparisons will inevitably be made, and some of you may prefer the original. But we believe that designs like this are things that grow on you as you play the job, and ask for your understanding as we head into Endwalker."

Endwalker is set for release Nov. 23.