Final Fantasy XIV, Metal Gear Solid 4, and other online games shut down to save power after quake

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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  • foxxjeh - March 15, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    @GamesRadar actually, they are shutting down play online in general. No Final Fantasy 14 No Final Fantasy 11 No playOnline also everyone gets the rest of the month free.
  • pr0tostar - March 15, 2011 7:40 a.m.

    You mentioned SE waving the XIV fee for April; didn't they announce it to be free to play until the improved version is relaunched? Maybe I misread, but I thought that's what the new lead producer claimed in his introduction message. (I'm inquiring because I was waiting off for the fabled PS3 version lol) On a more serious note, I'll definitely be donating to the relief, thanks for the info.
  • SanosukeEiji - March 14, 2011 8:11 p.m.

    Aw man, I like MGO. Will konami put up their servers again at the end of april?
  • jackthemenace - March 14, 2011 7:59 p.m.

    @Kenzo- I basically read the article 'cuz i saw Kanto. @QWERTYcommander- I'm pretty sure he was joking. I honestly didn't even realise that MGS4 still had anyone playing it online. I couldn't even download it over the PSN, there were that little people using it. But, it is nice to see gamers doing their bit to help the relief effort. If i had any money, I'd probably donate myself.
  • QWERTYCommander - March 14, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    @Kenzo No, Kanto is a real Japanese region.
  • Cleanser247 - March 14, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    Damn, these disasters really mess everything up! I feel so bad for Japan, and I hope they manage to recover as soon as possible. And hopefully, none of the radiation makes its way over to the rest of the world!
  • Kenzo - March 14, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    "The Kanto region has been subjected to rolling blackouts following the disaster." -quote from caption of home page article. so pokemon is real? and no one told me?
  • EvilChicken - March 14, 2011 7:15 p.m.

    I truly don't think anyone will mind not playing the games for a while if it will help Japan out. What happened there is just horrible, and they truly need all the help they can get over here. On a different note though, who still plays Final Fantasy XIV, I mean really, there was probably like 1 person still playing it
  • WonsAuto - March 14, 2011 7:11 p.m.

    WHOA WHOA WHOA HOLD THE PHONE The servers for MGS4 were still online?
  • MrDormington - March 14, 2011 7:04 p.m.

    Misspelled 'servers' in the 2nd line. On topic, I hope more people donate because what happened in Japan was devastating.
  • Drewmeister - March 14, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    Just great.How selfish....

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