Square Enix has announced that servers for Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV will be back online this Friday, March 25, at 8pm Tokyo time.
The publisher took down servers for the two games, and the PlayOnline service, on March 13 in a bid to save power. At the time Japan was preparing for rolling blackouts to stave off a feared power shortage, as explosions rocked the Fukushima Daichi power plant after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
In an announcement on the PlayOnline website, Square Enix explains that the servers account for 11.6 per cent of its total power consumption in Tokyo. It has since reduced power consumption by 10 per cent, shutting off its air conditioning system and reducing lighting at their offices. As such, servers will be back up and running this Friday.
“We offer our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused by the temporary suspension of these services, and thank you for your understanding,” the announcement reads, confirming that Final Fantasy XI subscription fees will be waived for the month of April by way of recompense.
The statement continues: “We at the Square Enix group are trying to act in a proactive manner in order to provide support towards the relief and restoration efforts in the face of this unprecedented disaster while providing reliable service to our customers, and we thank you for your understanding and support.”
Konami also took down its Metal Gear Online servers between March 12 and 15 to help save power following the earthquake.