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Final Fantasy MMOs To Go Online Again March 25

Square announces that service will resume at the end of the month.

If you’re a Final Fantasy XI or XIV enthusiast, you’ve no doubt taken note of the server takedowns as a result of the earthquake and conservation measures in Japan. Square Enix pulled the plug on both these MMOs on March 13, and it looks like both will be up and running again as soon as the end of this week on March 25, according to a recent posting on the official Final Fantasy XIV blog.

The announcement mentions that even though services will again be offered on this date, it’s completely possible that Square will power down both games again if conservation needs arise. Also, in case you didn’t know, no one is being charged for service in April as a result of all of this, as was originally noted by Square when it announced the initial server pulls.  
 


“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,” Square wrote on the FFXIV site yesterday afternoon, “and we thank you for your understanding and support.”    
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Posted by BradNicholson

If you’re a Final Fantasy XI or XIV enthusiast, you’ve no doubt taken note of the server takedowns as a result of the earthquake and conservation measures in Japan. Square Enix pulled the plug on both these MMOs on March 13, and it looks like both will be up and running again as soon as the end of this week on March 25, according to a recent posting on the official Final Fantasy XIV blog.

The announcement mentions that even though services will again be offered on this date, it’s completely possible that Square will power down both games again if conservation needs arise. Also, in case you didn’t know, no one is being charged for service in April as a result of all of this, as was originally noted by Square when it announced the initial server pulls.  
 


“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,” Square wrote on the FFXIV site yesterday afternoon, “and we thank you for your understanding and support.”    
Posted by EpicSteve

sweet? 

Posted by Sayishere

Thats cool, i mean whoever is complaining need a slap

Posted by Joker369

first?

Posted by The_Laughing_Man
@EpicSteve said:
" sweet?  "
The first FF mmo is fine. The second one is horrid. I would love to go back to the fist one if they gave us some nice updates. 
Posted by EpicSteve
@The_Laughing_Man said:
" @EpicSteve said:
" sweet?  "
The first FF mmo is fine. The second one is horrid. I would love to go back to the fist one if they gave us some nice updates.  "
I only played a beta of FFXI on the 360. It just seemed super boring, and I didn't know what was going on. Then I went to go play WoW. 
Posted by buft

i wanted to try this but the game just looked and sounded horrible.

Posted by TorMasturba
@Hector said:
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All I want to know is when is it coming out on PS3!?

            "

Do you have no tact or conscience?
Posted by MrPilkington

I wonder if the people paying for this game even care.
Posted by buhssuht

they should do everybody a favor and dont bother with it

Posted by Zaxex

He could've said tomorrow rather than "End of the week/month" lol. But yeah never heard anything positive about this game. A shame because Square Enix seemed to have put a lot of effort into FFXIII and FFXIV and 13 is considered one of the worse RPGs in the series and 14 easily the worse of the two MMOs.  
 
I hope they can get a foothold in the current generation of consoles before they change again and are left behind spending years and millions for relatively little payoff compared to the bigger western efforts.

Posted by ALavaPenguin

FFXI was awesome, not for everyone but something truly unique and awesome. 
 
FFXIV man was that thing garbage.

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Posted by RustySpoon

Should have just said that XIV was an unfortunate victim of the earthquake and is lost forever. FFXI was great back in the day, I played it enough to make a, erm.. couple grand when I decided to move on from MMOs.

Posted by Silock
@alavapenguin said:
" FFXI was awesome, not for everyone but something truly unique and awesome.  FFXIV man was that thing garbage. "
lol, I don't think you could of summed it up any other way, that was perfect. 
Posted by ttocs

I thought this article was going to be news about some major change to FFXIV.  Still though, this is good news to hear.

Posted by cloudlionheart

Yeah, I don't see why anyone should have a problem with this.  If they do they should go check out some footage of the the earthquake and ensuing tsunami.  
 
I put a good 2,000 hours into a character in FFXI, and I'm not sure I could be paid to go back after playing MMOs that don't hate their players.  :)

Posted by BlinkinCard41

Meanwhile, all 16 fans rejoice.

Posted by ColdsnapBryan

Yay

Posted by FuzzYLemoN

Nah, don't bother putting XIV back up.

Posted by evildeadron

/ffxi flashback 
 
thinking back to the days of running a dynamis / sky linkshell 
 
mining in oldton movopolis, while leveling goldsmithing 
 
spending hours camping mee degi the punisher for my kote's 
 
finishing cop 
 
/end ffxi flashback

Posted by Xpgamer7
@Sayishere: Complaining is bad, but being judgemental of those who do isn't helpful. I'd rather see comments about supporting japan than ones about how people should be more caring, especially if there aren't any comments that are uncaring.
Posted by MisterMouse

I guess that is good that it is coming back online.

Edited by teekomeeko
@Silock:  
 
Yeah, but they have admitted it was garbage and letting it stay free-to-play until they essentially rebuild it. I actually bought it just before the... um... disaster because of how well they are owning up to the game's mistakes and the new producer's openness about it all.
 
It's certainly a more pleasant attitude than SE has had in the last few years.
Posted by SquallLeonhart

is this a good thing 

Posted by Bestostero

I hope things are getting better over there
 
 ffxi was amazing, its a shame that ffxiv is such a bust though...

Posted by Mcfart

Just don't bother SE. Save that money and make a decent videogame.

Posted by AfroPig

may be a good time to try it

Posted by mattymillhouse
@AfroPig said:
" may be a good time to try it "
I'm actually playing and enjoying it.  But if you're thinking about starting now, I'd suggest waiting a few more months.  The game is currently undergoing massive changes, which include both little things (mob sizes and distribution, adding synthesis recipes, etc.) and large (changes to the user interface, class balancing, changing abilities, changes to the market wards/addition of an auction house, and the addition of a ton of content).   The feeling is that no one -- not even the development team -- knows exactly what the game is going to look like in 6 months.
 
The truth is that the game was released in an unfinished state.  Several of the features were pretty broken, and there just wasn't much to do.  But they're very aware of how disappointed people were when the game was released, they've admitted that the game wasn't up to par, and now they're trying to fix it.  They're releasing about 2 patches per month to fix the bugs, make it more user friendly, and add content. 
 
The game is getting progressively better.  So if you're not sure, I'd suggest waiting a couple more months before starting.  I'm playing now because I'm enjoying it and I like the idea of having a full character ready for end-game content when it arrives (and no monthly fee).  But if you wait a couple more months, I expect the game will be better than it is now, and you'll be more likely to enjoy it enough to stick around.