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Square suspends MMO servers

Joins Konami in efforts to save power as Japan suffers energy shortages

Square Enix and Konami have shut down their online servers as Japan suffers power shortages following last week's disaster.

Japanese power companies have issued requests for companies and households to limit their use of unnecessary power as they struggle to recover from last week's earthquakes and tsunamis that have damaged power facilities.

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In response, Square has shut down servers for its two MMOs, Final Fantasy XI and XIV. Online play is obviously suspended, along with all PlayOnline services including Friends List Plus, password recovery, account cancellation and anything that involves the retrieval of personal information online. The suspension is said to last at least a week.

The firm says players will not be billed for PlayOnline throughout the April billing cycle, according to Gamasutra.

Konami's server shut down affects only Metal Gear Online, reports suggest, and Konami has put no estimate on how long the service will be down.

Delays have struck the release of games such as Motorstorm Apocalypse and Yakuza: Of the End for obvious reasons, while Irem has outright cancelled Disaster Report 4. A shame, but an understandable one.

[ SOURCE: Gamasutra ]

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