• November 27, 2021

Final Fantasy XIV changes the Hole-y icon

Image of the wise icon from Final Fantasy XIV with distressed emoji covering the icon's holes.

The holes are gone!
Picture: Square Enix / Kotaku

Final Fantasy XIV Director Naoki Yoshida really wants you to know that he cares. Yoshida recently apologized to players for the drastic increase in wait times caused by a sudden and sudden almost inexplicable explosion in popularity of the game. Today, Yoshi-P announced his team is making a slight change to class wise to ensure the comfort and happiness of all his players.

The change has to do with the special icon of the wise man, a new healer job to be added to the game when the Endwalker The expansion launches in September this year. Every job in Final Fantasy XIV It has an icon that acts as a visual shorthand, something you can quickly see to see who in your group is for what job or what job a particular piece of equipment is for. The icons are different and designed in a way that makes it easy to know what job the icon represents. Paladins are a class of tank and are therefore represented by a shield. Scholars are big nerds, so they get glasses and warriors … in fact, I don’t know what the hell it’s supposed to be. If so, let me know.

Final Fantasy XIV Warrior Icon Image

In fact, I have no idea what this is supposed to represent in a warrior.
Picture: Square Enix / Kotaku

The sage’s icon was inspired by his weapon, the nouliths, which are long, thin poles with openings at the end that loom around the player firing lasers, you know, typical healers shit. The sage’s icon was simply those grouped nouliths.

Final Fantasy XIV Sage Icon Image

I can see how someone with trypophobia could disagree with this, and if there were more groups of holes it might actually bother me. But as it is, the old icon doesn’t bother me.
Picture: Square Enix / Kotaku

To normal people, the icon may seem harmless, but to a small subset of people, the icon can trigger revulsion or disgust due to the clustering of small holes.

“This aversion is known as trypophobia, and those who suffer from it feel disgusted and fear when they see groups of small holes or bumps,” explained Yoshida in a publication in Final Fantasy XIVwebsite.

According to Yoshida, he did not believe that the icon itself could cause problems. And although I myself have trypophobia, since this now infamous blog explains clearly: the little holes don’t bother me either.

But Yoshida explained that the reaction to the icon of those with trypophobia was so strong that he felt compelled to act.

“We soon received feedback from players around the world, who told us that the wise icon made them feel uncomfortable or fearful,” Yoshida wrote. “He has given us his most sincere comments and there is still time to change things.”

The new icon is not a dramatic departure from the old one. It’s the same icon, but the small holes have been filled in to create a solid, hole-free look.

Image of the updated sage icon from Final Fantasy XIV.

Shiny icon, new and without holes.
Picture: Square Enix / Kotaku

Although the holes never bothered me anyway, I love this answer from Yoshida. He did something, he heard comments on that thing, and while the thing was extremely minor in light of what must be a stressful time to get Endwalker out as polished as possible, he took decisive action to ensure that even the smallest subset of his players were cared for.

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