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Final Fantasy servers back up this week

Service resumes after earthquake outage.

Final Fantasy XI and XIV will be back online this week, after Square Enix shut the servers to conserve energy following the devastating earthquake that hit Japan earlier this month.

According to the official Final Fantasy XIV site, the servers will be back up on 25th March.

"Please be aware, however, that we may once again be required to suspend services in the event that the power situation worsens," the post explained.

Final Fantasy XI players will not be charged monthly fees during the April billing cycle to make up for the down time.

The publisher also took the time to highlight exactly how much power it saved during the outage.

"Operating the servers for these services makes up 11.6 per cent of the total power consumed by our Tokyo office (based on February 2011 records).

"We have shut down our air conditioning system (8.8 per cent) and enacted other power conservation measures, such as reducing lighting in our offices, to achieve over 10 per cent in energy usage reductions."

"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."

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