Final Fantasy XIV producer Noaki Yoshida has said that the ongoing crisis in Japan following last week's earthquake and tsunami has caused disruptions to the firm that will ultimately delay the launch of two planned updates to the MMO.
Patches 1.16a and 1.17 for FFXIV were due for release before the end of this month, but Yoshida has admitted these are likely to be delayed by one or two weeks, although the extra time will allow for "making minor improvements".
Yoshida confirms on his blog that all of Square's staff are safe, but some have family in the heavily affected areas. "Due to this, the concerns of the nuclear plants, and the ongoing aftershocks, we are not at our best," he admits.
He goes on to describe the affects of the crisis on his blog. "The planned blackouts in the Kanto region have disrupted public transportation, preventing many from even making it to work," he said.
"In addition, our French and German localization staff have left Tokyo at the urging of their respective embassies. For these reasons, and to allow our staff to focus on their safety and that of their families, I have decided to make adjustments to the development schedule."
Along with word on the patches, Yoshida promises more info regarding another new upcoming feature, the Grand Companies of Eorzea, which is apparently planned for release before patch 1.17.
Earlier this week Square shut down the servers for its two MMOs, FFXIV and FFVI, in response to serious power shortage warnings from power firms in Japan.