Japanese Earthquake: Square Enix, Konami Shut Down Servers; Capcom, Sega, Sony Delay Games


Posted March 14, 2011 - By Nikole Zivalich

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The horrific earthquakes that have been plaguing Japan for the past week have lead to rolling black outs and a call to conserve energy. Major video game companies like Square Enix are helping in whatever ways they can, including shutting down servers for their games to conserve energy. Affected servers include Final Fantasy XIV, Final Fantasy XI, and PlayOnline. Konami has also shut down servers for Metal Gear Online. The earthquake has also lead to the delay of several games and DLC packs. Keep reading for more details.

The tragic events that have occurred in the eastern parts of Japan since March 11 have affected the entire nation. Several major video game companies have delayed games due to the earthquakes. Sony Computer Entertainment Japan has delayed the release of Motostorm Apocalypse . The racing game was set for March 17 in Japan but is now "TBA." As of now, the April 12 release date for America has not been affected. The game was also delayed for New Zealand after their earthquakes.

Capcom will not release their Marvel vs. Capcom 3 DLC pack adding Shuma-Gorath and Jill Valentine as planned in Japan. The DLC pack was intended for this week; a new release date has yet to be announced. The announcement was not clear about whether or not this applied to western territories. 

Sega's Yakuza: Of the End, the game where Kazuma Kiryu takes on zombies was set for a March 17 release date but has also been set as "TBA." The game takes place in a fictional city called Kamurocho but was inspired by Kabukicho a district in Shinjuku.

Square Enix's servers will be shut down at least for one week. Due to necessary inconvenience gamers won't be charged for PlayOnline for April. The following features will also be unavailable:

  • Friend List Plus
  • FINAL FANTASY XI Linkshell Community Beta Version
  • PlayOnline Friend List Application
  • Community Site Link Registration: Owner Men
  • *Additionally, the following types of support will also be temporarily unavailable:
  • PlayOnline Password Recovery
  • PlayOnline Account Cancellation
  • All activities requiring the confirmation of personal information

Obviously, video games are the last thing on the minds of those affected by the earthquakes. If you want to help text REDCROSS to 90999 or go here to find out more.

Sources: PlayOnline, Siliconera and Andriasang

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Japanese Earthquake: Square Enix, Konami Shut Down Servers; Capcom, Sega, Sony Delay Games


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