Final Fantasy 14 redesigns an icon to stop triggering players’ phobia of holes

August 1, 2021
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Final Fantasy 14 developer Square Enix has revealed it will redesign the logo for new job sage following fan feedback that for some, it triggered their trypophobia – a phobia of holes.

Taking to the official website to explain the changes, Final Fantasy 14’s producer and director Naoki Yoshida said that the team didn’t think the job’s icon was a “particularly big” deal, but soon “received feedback from players all over the world” that the icon “made them uncomfortable or fearful”.

“This aversion is known as trypophobia, and those who have it feel disgust and fear when they see clusters of small holes or bumps,” Yoshida explained (thanks, PC Gamer). “The severity of the reaction varies between people, and what triggers it in some may not do so in others.

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