Square Enix Turns Off Final Fantasy Servers

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Square Enix has announced that it will be turning off the servers for Final Fantasy XI and XIV for “at least a week” in order to save power at the expense of paying customers.

Their announcement:

Due to the continuous earthquakes occurring in the eastern regions of Japan since Mar. 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.

Based on the current situation, we have decided to shut down the game servers temporarily, and therefore to suspend services of FINAL FANTASY XIV, FINAL FANTASY XI, and PlayOnline temporarily.

The services will be temporarily suspended for at least a week starting on Mar. 13, 2011 3:00 (PDT). We will provide an update regarding the reinstatement of the service as additional information becomes available.

In connection with the temporary suspension of services, players will not be billed for any PlayOnline service throughout the April billing cycle. Additional information regarding this matter will also be posted as it becomes available.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your understanding of this unusual situations.

[Date & Time]
A week starting from Mar. 13, 2011 3:00 (PDT)

[Affected Service]
– FINAL FANTASY XIV
– FINAL FANTASY XI
– PlayOnline

Although the outage is scheduled to last a week, the power cuts are due to continue for months; Tepco has asked for business cooperation in turning off such superfluous fixtures as neon signage, but has so far not suggested anyone inconvenience customers or cripple their own business.

Data centres in any case would normally have their own backup generators, and so should be unaffected even by cuts.

In light of the fact that central Tokyo is exempt from the power cuts and will in all probability not see any change in the operation of all its energy guzzling pachinko parlours, cavernous shopping centres, amusement facilities and so on, the decision to inconvenience customers the world over with a week long server outage of machines with limited power requirements has a definite ring of Square Enix quality about it.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    08:15 14/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    and not a single fuck was given

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    Comment by Randomness7
    15:44 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep, I'm amazed they even had any players left. It's quite amazing how a company which once spewed out great games such as FF3 (6) and Chrono Trigger can only spew out bullshit and enrage customers now.

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    Comment by Renzo
    14:12 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    So what this news for ? Hasn't the players subsided ?

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    Comment by B.M.Hooper
    13:44 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    My sentiments exactly.

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    Comment by Satonaka
    15:43 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Here you go XD

    http://fumaga.com/i/and-not-a-single-fuck-was-given-that-day-cat.jpg

    Comment by PhillB
    08:15 14/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I thought they were finally giving up on the XIV iteration.

    Bad, misleading title.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:55 14/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I suspect they're gonna use the situation as an excuse to quietly kill FF14 while minimizing bad PR.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:11 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "Data centres in any case would normally have their own backup generators, and so should be unaffected even by cuts."

    Don't you know gas is limited by just 20 liters per person now?

    Stop dreaming!

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    Comment by Dia
    16:20 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's saying they could run the servers 24/7, but he's not suggesting that they do it only with generator power.

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    Comment by Crim
    03:42 15/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are going to use this time to say FF14 is canceled

    Then 2 weeks later - FF16 Online! Which is FF14 with a few bug fixes

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    11:18 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You say it as a bad thing....
    I mean, thats good, right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:59 14/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.5)

    inb4 SE: "After a week of keeping the FFXIV servers shutdown, we have been able to thoroughly review the current status of the game and weigh in how long it will take to bring it up to an acceptable level. After a short deliberation, we have decided to leave the servers off permanently.

    Please look forward to our next MMORPG, FFXV. Customers that have previously purchased FFXIV will have the privilege of purchasing FFXV at 10% off if purchased within the first week of release!"

    -SE

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    Comment by jamesownsall
    11:47 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If anything, that last paragraph is the one we will NEVER see.

    SE lost too much cash just to make FFXIV. Them giving away discounts would just eat into their revenue and totally kill themselves as a company.

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    Comment by Lonesnipa
    06:44 15/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They lost too much on it because they fucked up hardcore, and therefor we need more incentive to buy there stuff. IE, discounts.

    Comment by GodMan
    09:21 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same here, wouldn't be surprised though

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:04 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's on purpose to grab your attention. It's done all the time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:39 15/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's absolutely no way this will be used as an excuse to shut down the servers. THAT is wishful thinking. They will keep trying to salvage the game, and probably after a year or so will succeed in doing so, even if they have to move to a F2P model.

    They still get the PS3 release to count on a new wave of players and the mandatory game critic reviews, so they're going to at least try fixing and porting the game before giving up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:30 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like Rift

    Comment by Anonymous

    Of course, it might just end up giving the game's remaining population time to find something better to play.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're probably going to say that "for some reason, the ff 14 servers will not work anymore" or some bullshit excuse like that later.

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    Comment by DragooNick
    08:31 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Ya I thought so too ^^"

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    Comment by Vitu
    09:05 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    They might as well not even turn them back on.

    Comment by Anonymous

    They're probably going to say that the ff xiv servers were destroyed in the earthquake or something like that

    Comment by Anonymous

    Lets hope it gets shutdown forever now!

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    Comment by Alpha
    09:25 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I hope they make the decision during the downtime to keep them offline.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:57 14/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "at the expense of paying customers"

    "players will not be billed for any PlayOnline service"

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:41 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    ZOMG! An EEEEEEEVUL company is trying to cut down on energy consumption? What you say? It's because a handful of nuclear power plants got crippled? Damn, that's just a low move from Square Enix, taking the service away from the customers just because one of the biggest earthquakes in history just occurred and mangled their power supply. Never mind that they aren't even charging their clients, which is a pretty ballsy move to make after their own share of damage.

    Stay shitty sankaku.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:31 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I was just WAITING for this, I KNEW sc would have something to say. Heres an idea, GET! THE! FUCK! OVER! FINAL FANYASY! AND! SE! ok? there not going away cause one hater gots to hate and I'm sooo FUCKING SICK off the whole world being hate hate hate and hate, maybe we DO all need to die, maybe the end needs to happen cause it seems life has become nothing but hate. suck it up and turn a blind eye already, god!

    I'm not just talking about FF or SE, I mean everything, I can't go anywere without seeing basing and hating, since when did liking something become uncool? well I like FF still and if you people want to hate me for it then it's you people wasting your lifes hating just another random anon cause it's so empty hating is all you have to keep living for.

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    Comment by White Phoenix
    21:49 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Spoilers buddy. FFXIV/SE news gets the site poster views. Views = money. More money = better for him.

    As long as the population is blind enough in their rage for stupid crap like FFXIV and Aya Hirano, the site owner will continue to post what they want to eat up.

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    Comment by Hyra911
    21:34 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well,can people say they hate something they don't like ???

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:44 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    cool it, anon. its just a matter of perspective; youve decided to only see what you tell us above.

    wickedness is in the eye, as they say. try to lighten up your mood a lil, and its for granted that you will discover new lights in this -wicked- world.

    cheers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:40 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I think they have genuine humanitarian motives, but I still think it's a horrible move, business-wise. This is like a drug dealer going on vacation for a week. First his customers are going to go through withdrawals, and then either they're going to discover they don't need it any longer or find someone else to go to. A week's break from Final Fantasy is exactly what players need to remind them that there is life beyond their addiction.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:14 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Jesus, is it really that a bad move by Square Enix? There is a perfectly legitimate reason for them doing this: there was a fucking earthquake. This is more like an excuse for people to bitch and whine about the game. Ok, we get that it was a bad game, no need to keep complaining about it.

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    Comment by Hyra911
    21:39 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess there is no fun kicking a dead cow.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:01 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    we need to keep complaining

    Comment by Anonymous

    agreed. cuz it's a bad game

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:44 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i guees the article suggest that otaku's shouldn't be interrupted from their stupid gaming to do something different like, social labor? have some solidarity towards their countrymen, and neighbors?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What does any of that have to do with international players not having access to the game?

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    Comment by Seriously?
    13:35 15/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Should I respond to this? Is he trolling? Whatever.

    social labour - working with society (by not getting pissed at people for trying to help in a crisis, by maybe going out and lending a helping hand instead of playing videogames)

    solidarity towards countrymen... - specifically the japanese here should understand the crisis, realize they're affected by it indirectly in the least, have some compassion for their brethren, (and maybe lend and stand as a nation. [seriously its not like they're going to war. Japan could use a lot of help right now])

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:31 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Considering the situation I am Ok with the servers going down for a week or 2, many other games are starting to do the same thing. I understand that some will still waste, however if enough of a drop occurs the rolling blackouts may no happen, reduced load will also make it easier to add more support to the grid.

    SE is going to take a hit as FFXI is still p2p so they won't be getting paid for next month (it is still profitable). FFXIV was not charging anyway however I am still supportive.

    So things get shutdown for a short time, I can live with it and I am sure many others can. It will take a week or 2 just to know what can be done to support capacity for business and city operations, there is also the fact that most of the transportation is down so many workers will not be able to make it in. Give them a couple weeks to figure it out and continue.

    As far as people bailing, many people have left and returned over the many years including myself. One thing that makes a difference here is yes they can bring up servers in other countries as I am sure they have them, but I am sure since this is a live worldwide server setup bringing down the main control server (the one that distributes everything) would make it a lot of work to do that.

    Everyone compares it to Blizzard, however if a 9.0 earthquake hits California where the servers are and power is cut I am sure Blizzard would be forced to make the same decision and action even though there are local servers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:08 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not all of battle.net's servers are on the west coast. All of S-E's ARE in Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:54 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Not really "at the expense of paying customers" since they said they won't charge anybody next month.

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    10:27 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So what? The more energy that can be saved the better. Konami's Kojima Productions announced they would be shutting down the Metal Gear Online servers in order to conserve power. I applaud that decision.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:29 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    When this is all over and things are back to normal, I expect player numbers to be less than 10,000. That is, of course, assuming they're not using this to as an excuse to pull the plug on XIV. I can't speak for XI since I haven't heard anything about it here or anywhere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:16 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you read the announcement, the ONLY expense to players is the loss of time played. FFXIV players are already not paying monthly to be in the "pay to enter" beta, and FFXI players will not be charged for April.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:00 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not just sony's problem, you cant even get on a train there.

    But anyway it doesnt really matter since I cant play their game with their update keep screwing up with weird error codes.

    And there is no repair option in FFXIV setup that after you spend hours reinstalling to later find out the update has screwed up again

    Comment by Anonymous

    Sounds like a good reason to quit.

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    Comment by FreeHopper
    13:19 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Although the outage is scheduled to last a week..."

    >"Although the outRage is scheduled to last a week, it probably won't."

    Fixed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:43 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dammit, NOW how am I going to waste time over summer vacation?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:39 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reason why FFXIV is dead.

    1. The Company
    2. The Players
    3. No Auction House
    4. No Gameplay, (Grind/Watch) Farmville Status
    5. No PVP Servers / War Servers
    - 5 Race faction and no Wars...?
    - 3 City Faction and no Anger...?
    - Can't I be a beastman
    with a JOB to kill PVE Carebears?

    6. The Quake
    7. The Tsunami
    8. Did I forget to say; WoW/AION/Warhammer/COD:MW

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    Comment by Hyra911
    21:36 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just simply say they are STUPID.





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