Sage is one of the new releases coming to Final Fantasy 14 as part of the Endwalker expansion, a healing class that fights with four floating blades called noulits. His icon depicts these four weapons and MMO designers probably didn’t expect him to get as strong a reaction as he did.
“When we posted new details of sage and reaper on the special site, we also included their icons,” producer and director Naoki Yoshida wrote in a update"We didn't think they were particularly big revelations. However, we soon received comments from players around the world, who told us that the sage icon made them uncomfortable or fearsome."
It is due to tripophobia, an irrational aversion to groups of small, irregular holes. Because all Internet articles are required to mention this, it is not a condition recognized by medical science. But if you’ve ever seen an image of lotus pods or surinam toads (those whose young ones come out of a beehive with pockets embedded in their backs) and you’ve heard your skin crawl, understand the feeling . The theory is that it's related to our fears of insect infestation and rotting flesh, and photo shops that transpose patterns of holes in human skin I'm sure I wish I hadn't googled them. But then I think the holes in the cracks make them look dirty.
Anyway, the original design of the Sage icon inspired by Japanese forum thread FF14 it currently has 24 pages. It turns out that people have strong feelings about things that look like a bunch of holes (the design of the Three camera lenses for the iPhone 11 Pro had a similar effect).
He redesigned icon it retains the concept of four levitating blades, but no longer emphasizes the holes in it. "The design concept hasn't changed," Yoshida wrote, "with the icon based on the four noulits that make up the sage's armament. Holes in the original design were added for more detail, but ended up appearing. as a cluster.problem, the new icon narrows 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 make you grow as you do the work, and ask for your understanding as we head towards Endwalker. "
Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker is scheduled for release on November 23.