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Final Fantasy XIV, Metal Gear Online temporarily offline

Japanese publishers halt online games to conserve energy

Japanese publishers Square Enix and Konami have temporarily shuttered their online game services, following the Earthquake and Tsunami disasters of the last week.

Square Enix has temporary halted service on Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV, while Konami has temporarily suspended Metal Gear Online. The stoppages appear to affect both in and outside of Japan.

The decisions follow a request from Japanese power companies that all consumers conserve electricity, particularly during peak hours.

Final Fantasy XI and XIV will be offline for a week until March 20, Square Enix said.

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan's also announced it's delayed the release of Motorstorm: Apocalypse, which has now been labled with a 'TBA' date. The publisher cited "various circumstances" for the delay.

[ SOURCE: Andriasang ]