Square Enix and Konami shuts down game servers in Japan to save energy

By on March 14, 2011

Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy XIV and Metal Gear Online goes silent.

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Square Enix and Konami has announced that they will closing down servers of their online games in the wake of the disastrous earthquake that hit Japan on March 11.

Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV servers, along with PlayOnline servers, have been confirmed for temporary closure by Sqaure Enix via a post on the PlayOnline news portal The Lodestone.

“Due to the continuous earthquakes occurring in the eastern regions of Japan since March 11 2011, the power companies in Japan have encouraged everyone to cooperate by conserving as much energy as possible as it is feared there will not be enough power supply,” the post explains, before noting that players will not be charged any subscription costs during April.

Kojima Pro Live twitter carried a confirmation that Metal Gear Online would go dead as well.

“To conserve power we are temporarily stopping the MGO servers. Timing for the recommencement is TDB. Sorry for the inconvenience.”


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