SQUARE ENIX has announced that they are going to shut down their gaming servers located in Japan temporarily for a couple of days.
The idea is to conserve electricity which is now in shortage due to problems at the nuclear plants in the country after the recent earthquake.
The company said in a message on their website:
Due to the continuous earthquakes occurring in the eastern regions of Japan since Mar. 11, 2011, the power companies in Japan have encouraged everyone to cooperate by conserving as much energy as possible as it is feared there will not be enough power supply. Based on the current situation, we have decided to shut down the game servers temporarily, and therefore to suspend services of FINAL FANTASY XIV, FINAL FANTASY XI, and PlayOnline temporarily.
FINAL FANTASY XIV, FINAL FANTASY XI, and PlayOnline are some of the games that would be affected by this move.