Following the quake and tsunami that hit Japan last Friday, officials have been asking those in Japan to save power. In response, severs for several online games, including Metal Gear Online and Final Fantasy XIV Online, have been shut down to conserve energy. The shutdown will affect FFXIV players in all countries, and though not officially announced, an English-language tweet announcing the shutdown from Konami indicates that it too will be global in scope.
Measures from companies and everyday citizens to save power have limited the extent of the blackouts in some regions. Such power conservation measures are expected to continue until the end of April. However, the FFXIV servers will resume operation on March 20.
Square Enix has waved FFXIV's monthly fee for April. In response, players on various Japanese social networks sites have been announcing their intention to donate the difference to quake relief funds. Players interested in helping relief efforts can donate to the Red Cross via iTunes, or directly on the official website. Those in the UK can donate on the British Red Cross' website.
Mar 14, 2011
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