Following the recent earthquakes in the country, Japanese power companies have warned of power shortages and encouraged the people of Japan to help conserve power. Square Enix are doing their part by shutting down the servers and suspending the services for Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV until further notice.
Square say that both games will be suspended for “at least a week,” and will provide an update once their respective services resume. As compensation, subscribers of Final Fantasy XI and its PlayOnline service will not be billed for the period of April.
The notice from the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) is as follows:
“A big earthquake occurred in the northern part of Japan at 2:46PM of March 11th 2011. Because TEPCO’s facilities have been seriously damaged, power shortage may occur. TEPCO appreciates customers’ cooperation in reducing electricity usage by avoiding using unnecessary lighting and electrical equipment.
“We are taking all measures to restore power, however, we expect extremely challenging situation in power supply for a while. We kindly ask our customers to cooperate with us in reducing usage of power.”